Spread the Message: Peace is
a National Priority
Brit Tzedek's Rabbinic letter to
Senators John McCain and Barack Obama continues to gain
momentum. At last count, we had 360 signers. Our next step is an extensive
media campaign to amplify the voices of our religious leaders to
convince the two men currently vying for the office of the
President that, no matter who is elected, we are calling on him
to take the necessary steps to finally end the conflict -- and
that we will stand by him along the way. The campaign will
- A full-page color ad of the rabbinic letter and signers in
the October 3rd issue of The Forward
- Appearances by rabbinic signers on talk shows across the
- Op-eds by rabbinic letter signers in the Jewish and
- Ads in local Jewish papers with religious and secular
- A short video featuring signers
Needless to say, the media needs are sizeable, and expensive.
We hope that you might be able to make a contribution to our
efforts to spread the word far and wide: The Jewish community is
serious about our commitment to Middle East peace. Donate now.
With nine days to go, we need your help to make this Brit
Tzedek's most successful campaign to date. If you haven't
already, please ask rabbis, cantors and Jewish clerical students
you know to sign on at mccainobamaletter.org.
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See the letter, FAQs and signers to date at mccainobamaletter.org
A Rabbinic Letter to Senators
John McCain and Barack Obama
We, the undersigned, call on you, the Republican and
Democratic nominees for the office of the President, to pledge
to make resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top
priority of your Administration.
While you come into office with a long list of problems
before you, the long-simmering conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians is among the most urgent. After eight years of
half-hearted diplomacy, there is no time left to walk softly and
hope for the best.
The consequences of failing to establish a durable peace are
grim. The influence of Iran and Hezbollah would surely grow
among an increasingly bitter Palestinian population, and Muslim
extremists would have further excuse to do vicious battle with
the West. It is difficult to calculate the damage that a
downward spiral into fresh waves of violence could hold.
American Presidents traditionally look to the Jewish
community for insight on Israel-related policy. As Jewish
clergy, we pledge to mobilize our people behind your leadership
for a mutually-acceptable, two-state solution. We pledge to
support you through difficult, trying times, and to celebrate
with you when the job is done. We pledge to let the American
public know: An American President who dedicates himself to the
establishment of a durable Israeli-Palestinian peace acts in the
best interests of Israel and the United States.
* We call on you to dedicate yourself to the establishment of
a viable Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel
early in your first term.
* We call on you to appoint, within your first 100 days in
office, a high-level, highly-regarded envoy to the region, an
individual who has the ear of both Israelis and Palestinians,
the respect of the American people, and ready access to your
* We call on you to establish mechanisms of enforcement and
follow-through, so that decisions made and agreements signed
will be respected and brought to fruition.
The Jewish High Holy Days are a time of reflection, renewal,
and action. In keeping with the message of this season, we urge
you to reflect on the diplomatic negligence of the recent past
and to commit yourself to effective American leadership for
Sample message to ask
Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish clerical students to sign on:
I am writing to you today to make a personal request for your
involvement on an issue that I feel is critical. We have an
historic opportunity to bring peace to Israel with a new
president coming into office soon -- but there are many worrying
signs that the opportunity to achieve a two-state solution may
be fading away.
The American Jewish community has to make clear to both
Presidential candidates that we stand firmly behind
negotiations, and will support the new Administration fully if
it takes concrete steps to achieve a mutually-acceptable
resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I urge you to sign on to a new rabbinic letter urging the
presidential candidates to make resolution of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority of the next
administration. Support from Jewish leaders like you is crucial;
please join Rabbis Rachel Cowan, Peter Knobel, Jack Moline, Toba
Spitzer, and Arthur Waskow in signing on to "A Time to Choose"
Read and sign the letter at: mccainobamaletter.org.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or
concerns. Thank you for your consideration.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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