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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace



Perspectives from the President


March 24, 2004

Brit Tzedek Concerned by Yassin's Assassination

By Marcia Freedman

Dear Members and Supporters,

Brit Tzedek's press announcement deploring the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin is appended below. Relevant opinion pieces follow for your reference and consideration.

Yours,

Marcia Freedman
President, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

BRIT TZEDEK CONCERNED BY YASSIN ASSASSINATION

CHICAGO, March 23 — Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, deplores the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, on Monday. We recognize that Israel has the same right and obligation that all sovereign nations have to ensure the security of its citizens and that under Yassin's leadership Hamas terrorism has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds and injury of thousands of Israelis. Nevertheless, Yassin's assassination will have consequences that are likely to diminish rather than enhance Israel's security.

We mourn the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives that will inevitably follow as a direct result of this assassination. These deaths will be the latest in this vicious cycle of violence and retaliation that has come to dominate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each death leads both sides further away from achieving a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

Long term, the assassination of Yassin can only accelerate the steady shift in popular support from the more moderate Palestinian Authority to Hamas and serve to recruit much larger numbers of Palestinian youths eager to become martyrs. In light of Israel's announced intention to withdraw its army and evacuate most settlements from the Gaza Strip, the assassination may well have negative consequences for Israel. The assassination of such a central leader can only increase hatred of Israel and the U.S. throughout the Islamic world, and could constitute a danger not only for Israelis, but for Americans as well.

RELEVANT OPINION PIECES

♦ Sharon Assasinates His Own Plan," by Dan Margalit in Maariv, March 24, 2004 [click to read]
♦ "Another Red Line is Crossed" by Amira Haas in Haaretz, March 24, 2004 [click to read]
♦ "With Unclean Hands" by Gideon Samet in Haaretz, March 24, 2004 [click to read]
♦ "Assassination and Its Price" the editorial in Haaretz, March 23, 2004 [click to read]
♦ "Death in Gaza, " the editorial in the The New York Times, March 23, 2004 [click to read]
♦ "Mr. Sharon's Solution," the editorial in The Washington Post, March 23, 2004 [click to read]

American-born Marcia Freedman is a Former Member of the Israeli Knesset and president of the American Jewish organization Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace.

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