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
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
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!
Sue Swartz, Chair of Advocacy
Diane Balser, Co-Chair of
Rob Levy, Washington Representative
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Signers of AB Letter
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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.
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.
If your Representative signed the
Ackerman-Boustany letter to Secretary Rice [view
final list], please thank him or her today!
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.
View text of letter
list of signers
& Boustany Urge Secretary Rice to Adopt Pragmatic Steps at
Annapolis Conference, by Congressman Gary Ackerman, Nov 19,
Hill’s Breaking Iceberg, by MJ Rosenberg.
IPFFriday. Nov. 16, 2007.
Jewish Democrats Urge P.A. Aid Boost. JTA. Nov 12,
for Annapolis summit triggers slew of Jewish lobbying
efforts, by Ron Kampeas. JTA. Nov 9,
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