Advocacy from Start to Finish
by Brit Tzedek Rabbis Praising Price-LaHood Letter Demonstrate
Power of Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Advocacy
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT
When U.S. Representatives David Price (D-NC) and
Raymond LaHood (R-IL) recently circulated a letter to President Bush in May signed by more
than 50 members of Congress calling on him to reinvigorate
Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and find solutions to the crisis
in Gaza and southern Israel, Brit Tzedek activists quickly
mobilized support, helping it reach its final total of 52 cosponsors!
But pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy means more than
just asking our elected officials to sign on to positive
efforts, it also means thanking them when they take strong,
courageous stands for peace. One example of this was the
thank you action alert we sent out for
constituents of the signers to the letter.
In a further example of supporting our champions,
Rabbis John Friedman and Brant Rosen, both of Brit Tzedek’s
Rabbinic Cabinet, wrote op-eds praising the letter’s chief
co-sponsors that were published in newspapers in their
respective districts. Excerpts of the two op-eds are included
With these efforts, we are proving to
Members of Congress that when they take risks for peace,
American Jews will stand behind them. Indeed,
Rep. Price’s office was so pleased by the op-ed that they
sent out their own press release highlighting it!
And of course, the best way to thank your Rep for
signing a Brit Tzedek-supported initiative (or asking them
“why not?” if they didn’t) is to do it IN
PERSON by joining us in Washington, DC for National Advocacy Days 2008!
Only two days left. Register Today!
The following are excerpts from op-eds
commending Reps. Price and LaHood published in papers in their
News & Observer (North Carolina Triangle
main paper) – 5/23/08
Rabbi John Friedman of Durham, North Carolina
and Rep. David Price of North Carolina's 4th
An urgent need to get beyond nice
By Rabbi John Friedman, Brit Tzedek Rabbinic
The United States must involve itself deeply in
the peacemaking process, providing incentives for progress and
disincentives for failure, mechanisms for enforcement and
security arrangements for all, creating the kind of atmosphere
that will allow the battered and weary Israeli and Palestinian
governments to make the difficult compromises they will have to
make. So far, none of this has been forthcoming.
This is not to suggest that no one in Washington
grasps the immediacy of the issues. Our own 4th District U.S.
representative, Democrat David Price, and his Republican
colleague Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood circulated a letter signed by
50 other representatives, telling the president that "unless
something changes, progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace
agreement will continually be hampered by the violence in
southern Israel and Gaza" and urging him to seek ways to
"stabilize the Gaza situation, preserve the achievements made in
peace talks, and maintain forward momentum."
[view full op-ed]
[view Rep. Price’s press release highlighting
Peoria Journal Star – 5/31/08
Rabbi Brant Rosen of Evanston,
Illinois and Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois 18th
Two-state solution is best for Israeli
By Rabbi Brant Rosen, Brit Tzedek Rabbinic
But as Israel marks its first 60 years, we cannot
avoid a simple fact: If the immediate situation in and around
Gaza remains unaddressed, there can be no progress in the peace
process. If there is no progress in the peace process, the dream
of Jewish independence in a Jewish state - a dream for which
generations of Israelis have sacrificed their lives - will be
Sixty years, six major wars and endless rounds of
armed attrition after the United Nation voted to partition the
land, partition remains the only solution to the conflict - two
states for two peoples, Israel living in peace alongside a
In spite of President Bush's inaction, however,
some of our elected representatives have shown that they do know
what needs to happen. Peoria Congressman Ray LaHood, a
Republican and Lebanese-American, and his Democratic colleague
from North Carolina, David Price, sent a letter to the president
(signed by 50 additional congressmen) urging Bush to invest his
administration in finding a true solution to the decades of
bloodshed and despair.
[view full op-ed]
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