In response to this morning's onset of
the Israel-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom issued
the following press release. See
below for additional information.
CHICAGO—Brit Tzedek v’Shalom,
the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, welcomes today's
commencement of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza,
brokered by Egypt.
Diane Balser, Brit Tzedek’s executive
director, issued the following statement today:
“For far too long, rockets have
landed on towns in southern Israel, killing several, wounding
many, and wreaking havoc across the entire country. At the
same time Israeli military incursions into Gaza have resulted in
hundreds of Palestinian civilian casualties, and the blockade on
Gaza’s borders has worsened an already dire humanitarian
situation. All the while, the policy of isolating Hamas and
collectively punishing the Gazan population in order to pressure
Hamas and to stop the rockets has proved a resounding
An Israel-Hamas ceasefire, for which Brit
Tzedek has consistently called over the past year, offers the
best and likely only possibility for ending this vicious cycle
of mutual devastation and for creating, in its wake, the
political space necessary to move Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations forward. We welcome reports that, if the ceasefire
holds, Israel will begin to reopen the borders with Gaza as
early as next week, that discussions over the release of Cpl.
Gilad Shalit will restart, and that Egypt will continue its
efforts to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza.
In facilitating the challenging
deliberations that led to this ceasefire, the Egyptian
government has set an important example of the power of
international diplomacy in helping to resolve the conflict. We
urge the United States, which has been disappointingly absent
from this process, to not only support the ceasefire in words,
but to take concrete steps to capitalize on this momentum to
achieve progress with Israeli-Palestinian peace
Finally, we commend the 52 Members of
Congress who insightfully signed the Price-LaHood letter to President Bush only a
month ago, calling on the U.S. to support almost the very same
measures that have been enacted this week.”
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.
Gaza Cease-Fire Takes Hold, by Isabel Kershner
and Graham Bowley. The New York Times. June 20,
Israel-Hamas truce takes hold in Gaza, by Amos
Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Yuval Azoulay.
Haaretz. June 19, 2008.
Aspiring to a lengthy cease-fire, by Haaretz
Editorial. Haaretz. June 19,
Peace Front, by Sadie Goldman with IPF
Staff. Israel Policy Forum. June 19,
Strengthening Extremists, by Nicholas D.
Kristof. New York Times. June 19, 2008.
Ten Comments on the Gaza Cease-Fire and What
Next, by Daniel Levy.
ProspectsforPeace.com. June 17,
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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Phone: (312) 341-1205
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