135 Reps Sign Ackerman-Boustany; Thank YOUR Rep Today!

Dear Friend of Brit Tzedek,

Thanks to your advocacy, 135 Members of Congress signed on to the Ackerman-Boustany letter to Secretary Rice in support of the Annapolis peace conference.  That is more signers on a constructive pro-peace, pro-Israel letter than we have seen in years!  If your Rep. signed [view final list of signers], please thank him or her now!

After weeks of Brit Tzedek activists advocating on its behalf, Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), along with 133 other Members of Congress, yesterday sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary Rice commending her efforts to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by convening an international conference this fall and calling for additional steps to ensure its success. The letter calls for "robust, hands-on U.S. leadership and diplomacy" and states that "resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, through the establishment of two states for two peoples, is too important not to seize the opportunities that have emerged over the past weeks." [view full text of the letter]

The letter’s list of signatures and supporters is nearly as significant as its content.  Its chief cosponsors are a Jewish-American and an Arab-American: Rep. Gary Ackerman, a Democrat from New York (who is also the chair of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East), and Rep. Charles Boustany, a Republican from Louisiana, respectively.  Among the signers are 12 of the 30 Jewish Representatives, including Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Tom Lantos, and all four Arab-American Representatives.

In addition to Brit Tzedek, the letter boasted the support of a wide range of Jewish, Christian, and Arab-American groups, including: the Union for Reform Judaism, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Americans for Peace Now, the Israel Policy Forum, Churches for Middle East Peace, the Arab American Institute, and the American Task Force on Palestine. 

It is critical that those Representatives who have taken a stand for peace know they have the support of American Jews.  If your Rep. signed [view signer list], please thank him or her today!

B'shalom,

Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Diane Balser, Co-Chair of Advocacy
Rob Levy, Washington Representative

PS. Please share this Action Alert with family, friends, and colleagues, and tell them about Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. 
 



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Subject: Thank you for signing the Ackerman-Boustany letter to Secretary Rice!

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As an American Jew, I write to thank you for signing the Ackerman-Boustany letter to Secretary Rice that commended her efforts to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by convening an international conference this fall and called for additional steps to ensure its success.

This bipartisan, pro-Israel, pro-peace letter, sent by Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), along with 133 other Members of Congress, welcomed the Annapolis meeting, called for "robust, hands-on U.S. leadership and diplomacy," and stated that "resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, through the establishment of two states for two peoples, is too important not to seize the opportunities that have emerged over the past weeks."

During this critical time, Congressional support for a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more vital than ever. Thank you again for signing this important pro-Israel, pro-peace letter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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What's at Stake?

Following in the footsteps of the Feinstein-Lugar resolution this summer, the Ackerman-Boustany letter is another example of the growing power of the pro-Israel, pro-peace forces in Congress.

American Jews need to thank those Members of Congress who have shown their support for Annapolis and Israeli-Palestinian peace by signing the letter.

If your Rep. signed on [view list], then click here to thank him or her for signing.

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View text of letter

Final list of signers

Ackerman & Boustany Urge Secretary Rice to Adopt Pragmatic Steps at Annapolis Conference, by Congressman Gary Ackerman, Nov 19, 2007.

Capitol Hill’s Breaking Iceberg, by MJ Rosenberg. IPFFriday. Nov. 16, 2007.

9 Jewish Democrats Urge P.A. Aid Boost. JTA. Nov 12, 2007.

Push for Annapolis summit triggers slew of Jewish lobbying efforts, by Ron Kampeas. JTA. Nov 9, 2007.

 



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