Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ken Yirbu - may there be many more like this

A group of Jews, Muslims, and Christians leaders in Boston have come together to sign a petition calling on both Israel and Hamas to cease fire and negotiate. The statement says (in part):

We, members and leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities in Greater Boston ... are anguished by the events unfolding in Israel and Gaza. Recognizing the legitimate needs of all peoples, including all those living in the Middle East, for dignity, peace, safety and security --regardless of religion, race, or national origin -- we issue this joint statement...

As guiding principles, ...

We observe that violence by any side begets more violence, hatred, and retaliation

We deplore any invocation of religion as a justification for violence against others, or the deprivation of the rights of others ...

We believe the conflict can be resolved only through a political and diplomatic solution and not a military one. ...

We call upon the United States and the international community immediately to intercede to help reestablish a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, toward the goal of a permanent cessation of hostilities

We call upon Hamas immediately to end all rocket attacks on Israel, and upon Israel immediately to end its military campaign in Gaza ...

We call for lifting of the blockade on Gaza as to all non-military goods, for an immediate and significant increase in humanitarian aid to address the needs of the people of Gaza, and for all parties involved to join in taking responsibility to address those human needs ...

Through this joint statement we affirm our commitment to engage with one another, even, and especially, during times of great stress. We also affirm our common humanity and our common belief - as Jews, Muslims and Christians - that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must cease, that there is no military or violent solution, that all human life is valued, and that all parties must cooperate to make the peace - a just and lasting peace desperately needed and deserved by all the peoples of the region.

See the full text of the petition and the list of signatories, and sign up yourself, at ipetitions.com.

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