Urge President Bush to Intervene in Gaza Crisis

Dear Friends of Brit Tzedek,

Please contact President Bush today and urge that the US intervene immediately to help bring an end to the current Gaza crisis.

One week ago Palestinian militants tunneled into Israel and staged an attack on a military post, killing two soldiers and kidnapping a third. These actions, along with the Qassam rockets being fired daily into southern Israel, are reprehensible. At the same time, the actions taken by Israel in response have been too extreme and, as a result, endanger Israel's security. On June 28 2006, Israel bombed the only power station in Gaza cutting off electricity to more than 700,000 Palestinians and threatening the water supply to 50% of Gaza. The Israeli Air Force has created constant sonic booms throughout the night, and Israeli security forces have arrested a large segment of Hamas officials from the Palestinian cabinet and legislature.

While we hope for the safe and speedy release of Corporal Shalit, the actions above are likely to exacerbate the situation, threaten Cpl. Shalit's safe return, increase popular support for Hamas, and lead to greater extremism. Furthermore, Israel has conducted a number of fly-overs in Syrian airspace and continues to makes threats against Damascus. These actions could lead to a dangerous escalation of the crisis into a regional conflict. Take Action!

Given the extremely tense situation and the increasing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, it is critical that the US play an active role in bringing an end to the hostilities, working to find a diplomatic means to secure the safe release of Cpl. Shalit and an end to Qassam rocket fire, and urging Israel to exercise military restraint and protect Palestinian civilian lives and infrastructure in Gaza.

America cannot be silent when Israeli and Palestinian lives are at stake.

Contact President Bush today!

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L'shalom,

Steve Masters
Chair of Advocacy

Rob Levy
Washington Representative 




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President George W. Bush

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Subject: Intervene in Gaza Crisis Now

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I am writing to request that the US government actively engage with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to intervene in the current Gaza crisis. I urge the President to use US influence to stop the escalation of violence and to utilize all diplomatic means possible to promote an end to hostilities, to facilitate the safe return of Corporal Gilad Shalit and an end to Qassam rocket attacks on Israel, and to urge Israeli restraint in its military operations and protection for civilian lives and infrastructure in Gaza.

As an American Jew concerned with the well-being of Israel, I have watched the developments in Gaza over the last week and I question the proportionality of Israel's response to the current situation.

The capture by Palestinian militants of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and the Qassam rockets being fired daily into southern Israel are reprehensible, and Israel has the right to use all legal measures to secure Shalit's release and stop the rocket attacks. However, the bombing of such purely civilian targets as the only power station in Gaza, shelling in civilian areas, and the constant sonic booms over Gaza, are likely to exacerbate the situation, threaten Cpl. Shalit's safe return, increase popular support for Hamas, and lead to greater extremism. Furthermore, Israel has conducted a number of fly-overs in Syrian airspace and continues to makes threats against Damascus. These actions could lead to a dangerous escalation of the crisis into a regional conflict that is not in the interests of Israel or the United States.

US leadership is needed now to end this crisis and prevent further escalation of violence in this volatile region.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's At Stake:

The President must hear from American Jews that the US cannot be silent during this crisis!

President Bush should utilize all diplomatic means possible to end the crisis in Gaza, including:

  • Promoting an end to hostilities

  • Facilitating the safe return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and an end to Qassam rocket attacks on Israel

  • Urging Israeli restraint in its military operations and protection for Palestinian civilian lives and infrastructure
American Jews must speak out! Demand US leadership to intervene in the Gaza crisis now!

Additional links:

American Weakness, by Yossi Beilin. Haaretz, 5 July 2006.

A Black Flag, by Gideon Levy. Haaretz, 3 July 2006.

Israel Decides to Move into Gaza Residential Areas. Associated Press, 5 July 2006.

What Comes after Hamas?, by Gershon Baskin. Jerusalem Post, 4 July 2006.


Campaign Expiration Date:
July 12, 2006


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