Monday, June 12, 2017

US Rabbis, Cantors Call for Palestinian State; 1800 Address Letter to Israeli PM Netanyahu

A letter calling on Israel to end the military occupation of the West Bank and lay the groundwork for a Palestinian state was delivered on behalf of 1,800 American rabbis and cantors to the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (June 12, 2017).

The letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was written on behalf of the members of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. It was delivered on June 9, the day 50 years ago that the Six-Day War ended.

The letter said that the Truah members are rabbis and cantors "who hold deep love for the State of Israel, and who believe that the vision of the Hebrew prophets, cited in Israel's Declaration of Independence, for a homeland committed to peace and justice, represents the most powerful guarantee of Israel's future."

The letter continues: "As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, we celebrate the extraordinary victory that enabled Israel's survival, and granted the Jewish people sovereignty over our holiest sites. We also recognize that this victory inaugurated fifty years of occupation that has infringed on the human rights of Palestinians, left too many Israelis and Palestinians dead or injured, and continues to threaten Israel's long-term survival."

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