Support True Peace – Resist Palestinian Unilateralism
American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston
THE ASSAULT ON HOPE: What Can Be Done
Rather than enter into direct negotiations with Israel, the Palestinian Authority has mobilized allies to support a United Nations (UN) resolution that will unilaterally endorse a Palestinian state. This action, however, will not resolve a single issue. Only negotiations can lead to a secure, and lasting true peace. To combat this assault on hope that American Jewish Committee (AJC) has launched a Global Campaign to Restore Hope.
Team of AJC diplomats are meeting with leaders from across the globe. In addition, AJC offices and their allies around the world are plugging into this initiative by mobilizing key leaders and constituencies to work together to combat Palestinian unilateralism. Here in Greater Boston we are working with a steadily growing coalition of 28 community organizations, to heighten awareness of this dangerous assault on hope and mobilize public opinion to support direct negotiations without preconditions.
We have a big challenge. This past week, the Arab League meeting in Qatar voted to support the Palestinian initiative. It’s real motive s to isolate and delegitimize Israel. A realistic result, however, could be renewed violence and a total collapse of the peace process.
While it is still uncertain how this proposal might be presented at the September UN meetings, a binding resolution would first have to come before the UN Security Council. If defeated in that venue (it is likely that the US would veto such a measure), a separate non-binding resolution could be brought to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Such a measure would almost certainly pass by a lopsided margin due to the support of the 57 member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Arab League and scores of countries that are hostile to Israel, eager to curry favor with Arab states or have other reasons for supporting a unilateral bid for Palestinian statehood.
To overcome this built in advantage, we are working with allies around the world to establish a strong Moral Minority that will stand firmly for a true peace based upon negotiations, compromise and a commitment to live together in peace. Already 6 nations have joined this coalition. Working together we can Restore Hope by encouraging many others to do the same.
Leaders of five nations have expressed support for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and opposition to Palestinian unilateral action at the UN. These countries include: Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the Unites States.
Click HERE to visit to the AJC Online Adocacy Center and join people around the country who are signing a letter thanking the countries that have most recently joined the Moral Minority.
Click HERE to view a press release regarding recent additions to the Moral Minority.
The Palestinian bid to unilaterally endorse a state at the September meetings of the UN has sparked a major global diplomatic effort involving scores of countries. Discussions are now taking place in a bid to prevent what would be an assault on the peace process. AJC offices around the world have been mobilized and are now fully engaged in this effort. In the past weeks, AJC diplomats have met with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors, Consuls General and other political and community leaders to alert them to the acute danger posed by Palestinian unilateralism at the UN.
Please see below for a complete list of countries that AJC is engaging:
Latin America and the Caribbean
Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Caribbean Islands
Japan, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, East Timor, Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, and the PacificIslands
New England Mobilizes To Combat Palestinian Unilateralism and Restore Hope
Over 30 organizations across New England have joined a local AJC-organized activist network that is now plugging into AJC’s global advocacy network and reaching out to more than 20,000 people. The number of partner and sponsor organizations continues to grow. Please see below for a complete list of participating organizations:
Action for Post-Soviet Jewry
Ahavath Torah Congregation, Stoughton
American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston
AMIT New England
Anti-Defamation League, New England
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Combined Israel Education Committee, Newton, Needham, Brookline and Chestnut Hill
Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline
Congregation Or Atid, Wayland
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton
Consulate of Israel to New England
Hillel Council of New England
Israel Affairs Committee of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Jewish Federation of the Berkshires
Russian Jewish Community Foundation
Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
Temple Beth Abraham, Canton
Temple Beth Am, Randolph
Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
Temple Emanuel Israel Action Committee, Newton
Temple Israel of Natick
Temple Israel of Sharon
Temple Beth Elohim Israel Connection Team, Wellesley
Plugging Into the Global Campaign: US NGOs Organize To Restore Hope and Combat Palestinian Unilateral Action at the UN
Many American Jewish organizations are mobilizing their constituents to speak out against Palestinian unilateralism and in favor of a robust peace process that is based upon direct negotiations. This summer, AJC offices across the United States are holding over 200 diplomatic meetings. In addition, offices from Florida to Denver and Boston to Seattle are involved in a comprehensive effort to mobilize community campaigns that educate and advocate.
Both the US Senate and House of Represenatives have overwhelmingly passed resolutions urging the Obama administration to oppose the endorsement of a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood at the September UN meetings. In addition, they affirmed the need for direct negotiations to arrive at a stable, secure and true peace.
House Resolution 268 had 289 co-sponsors and was passed by a vote of 407 to 6. Senate Resolution 185 had 88 co-sponsors and was passed by unanimous consent.
4 WAYS TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
Organizations from across New England are joining together to support peace and combat a proposed UN initiative that would unilaterally endorse a Palestinian state without entering into negotiations withIsrael. Throughout the summer you will receive periodic Global Alerts that will include action steps to take part in AJC’s global campaign to safeguard Israel’s future. Here are four easy ways to take action and join the Global Campaign to Restore Hope:
1. Write to the Secretary General of the Arab League
This past week, the Arab League has announced its support of the Palestinian unilateral bid for statehood at the UN. Click HERE to write to Secretary General Nabil el-Ararby to combat unilateral Palestinian action at the UN and voice support for true peace.
2. Host a Speaker
Experts from AJC, AIPAC, ADL, CJP, and JCRC are available to provide educational opportunities for your synagogue or Israel Action Committee to learn more about efforts to support true peace and combat Palestinian unilateralism at the UN. Interested? Contact Boston@ajc.org or 617-457-8700 to learn more.
3. Reach Out to Neighbors, Civic Leaders, and Faith Communities
Through your organization or on your own, engage friends and neighbors and inform them of this critical issue. If appropriate, you can also invite them to join our campaign. For a sample letter to send to community friends, please click HERE.
4. Invite Your Organization to Join the Campaign
Might a synagogue, Israel Action Committee, or organization you belong to be interested in joining the Global Campaign to Restore Hope? If so, please contact Boston@ajc.org or 617-457-8700.
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