Brit Tzedek Calls for US
Leadership to End Gaza Crisis
is gravely concerned about the recent escalation of the conflict
between Israelis and Palestinians, and we call for immediate US
involvement in facilitating a cessation of all
The US government's failure to engage both
sides in substantive negotiations towards a two-state resolution
of the conflict has, in part, contributed to this latest crisis.
The rapid deterioration of the situation in Israel and Gaza
could likely have been averted had the US exercised
international leadership by appointing a permanent envoy to the
region or by empowering pro-peace Palestinian moderates such as
President Mahmoud Abbas.
Instead, the lack of strong US
leadership at this critical juncture has greatly endangered the
interests of Israel and the Palestinians, as well as those of
the US. The escalating violence in Gaza, combined with the
closure of border crossings and loss of electricity to a
reported 700,000 Gaza residents, risks a Palestinian
humanitarian crisis and jeopardizes the safe return of Israeli
Cpl. Galid Shalit, all the while destabilizing the region by
radicalizing the population and weakening Palestinian moderates.
As we look forward to celebrating our nation's birthday
this July 4th, we urge President Bush to utilize all diplomatic
means possible to end this current crisis and facilitate the
return of both parties to the negotiating table.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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