URGENT! TO ALL PARTICIPANTS TAANIT TZEDEK - JEWISH FAST FOR GAZA
Contributed by Molly
Act now to avert Congressional Resolution 0pposing the Goldstone Report
As you may have heard the U.S. Congress may vote as soon as tomorrow on a bill opposing the Goldstone Report. We urge you to join in efforts by B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization that recently became a co-sponsor of Jewish Fast for Gaza, to avert this action. Below you will find the letter from B'tselem that includes a link to a letter from Judge Goldstone to the members of Congress pointing out the many errors in the resolution. Please write or call your member of congress today.
We urge clergy and others with relationships with congressional representatives to make special efforts to explain directly to our representatives why this resolution would allow both sides to commit human rights violations with impunity. Both sides should be encouraged to initiate credible and transparent investigations into the serious allegations in the Report. Failing this, both sides should be held accountable for egregious human rights violations during the conflict in Gaza. Such accountability is critical for all who believe in human rights and is essential to any peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Please act today.
Thanks so much for your commitment,
Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Brant Rosen
Letter from B'Tselem with links to take action
Last week, we at B'Tselem told you about a resolution in the House of Representatives that criticized the Goldstone Report quite harshly, while omitting any reference to the Obama Administration's repeated calls for a credible Israeli investigation into Operation Cast Lead. If you have not already done so, please click here to send an e-mail to your Representative urging him or her to vote "No" on this resolution.
Israeli human rights groups have sent a letter to Congress explaining why this resolution is counter-productive and harmful to our efforts to ensure accountability in Israel for Israeli actions. You can read the letter by clicking here (it requires the Acrobat reader; if you don't have it, you can download it here for free).
Also, Judge Goldstone has personally responded to the Resolution. In a letter to Congress (which you can see yourself by clicking here, again requiring the Acrobat reader), Goldstone points out the many factual inaccuracies in the Resolution.
The Resolution is expected to get to the floor of Congress tomorrow, and will be voted on then, or soon thereafter. Please take action today.
Mitchell Plitnick Director of US Office B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories