The American Jewish Community Takes Another Step Towards Peace

After weeks of violence and tragedy in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, hopes for a final peace agreement by the end of this year are fading rapidly.  Nevertheless, Brit Tzedek continues to organize and advocate in the American Jewish community for a two-state solution, and we are pleased to share an exciting development that demonstrates a real move towards peace in the American Jewish landscape.

Last month, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), a national Jewish umbrella organization, unanimously endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the first time in a resolution passed at its 2008 Plenum. The JCPA represents an incredibly broad swath of the American Jewish community, including every major religious denomination, several major national organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and B'nai Brith, and 125 local Jewish community relations councils (JCRCs) across the country. The JCPA resolution, which also called for active U.S. engagement to resolve the conflict, further demonstrates that the voice of the overwhelming majority of American Jews who support a two-state solution is beginning to be heard.

Additional links:

Full text of the JCPA resolution

JTA: JCPA Endorses Two-State Solution

NJ Jewish Standard: JCPA to unveil ‘groundbreaking’ statements

JCPA website

Brit Tzedek Materials: ABCs of the Jewish Community

Brit Tzedek issued the following statement welcoming this historic event.

Brit Tzedek Welcomes JCPA Endorsement
of Two-State Solution

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, warmly welcomes the endorsement by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) of a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its affirmation of the importance of both U.S. and American Jewish support in achieving it.  The endorsement was contained in a resolution passed at the JCPA's 2008 annual plenum in Atlanta.

It is gratifying to see an American Jewish umbrella organization with membership as large and, moreover, diverse as JCPA's, embrace not only the overarching goal of a negotiated, two-state solution, but also a series of concrete steps necessary to support Israel's quest for true peace and security.

Specifically, we strongly back positions articulated in the resolution on the necessity of sustaining active U.S. engagement in the negotiation process, providing financial assistance toward the development of Palestinian society, making progress on the fulfillment of Israeli and Palestinian obligations under the Roadmap, and supporting the Israeli government in its efforts to resolve all final status issues.

Surely there remain substantive differences between Brit Tzedek and JCPA's positions on a number of critical issues--including the impact of Israeli settlements on the peace process and the wisdom of continuing to isolate Hamas--but we are buoyed by JCPA's pledge to lend its powerful voice to advocating for a negotiated, two-state resolution domestically, internationally, and in our community. We look forward to working with JCPA, as well as its member agencies and local community relations councils, toward our shared vision of peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, is a national grassroots organization, more than 38,000 strong, that educates and mobilizes American Jews in support of a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206

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