I'm proud to be associated with the more than 500 rabbis who signed a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, asking him not to advance construction in the sensitive West Bank area of E-1 nor authorize building thousands of settlements in East Jerusalem.
APN is proud to have partnered with J Street and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America in creating a powerful rabbinic voice to make the important statement that the Jewish community does not speak monolithically, and that many, many Jews who are committed to Israel's security and survival will stand up for the two-state solution.
We do this every day. Americans for Peace Now is proud to stand up, day in and day out, and speak the truth that others are afraid to say. We continue to walk the walk and not just talk the talk, because it is the right thing to do - for Israel's security and for Israel's survival as a Jewish state and a democracy.
We were one of the first to speak out when PM Netanyahu first announced his intention to advance planning in E-1. We know how devastating construction in E-1 would be to the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace. We spoke out and we called on Jewish leaders to stand with us. Now we ask you to stand with us as well.
Take the time to read this letter. It has received tremendous press in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Daily Beast, The Times of Israel, Jewschool, ShalomTV, and many more.
On my business cards, to remind me every day of what I do, I have inscribed a quote from an ancient Jewish text called Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of the Ancestors: "By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace." By law: currently Israel is flouting the rule of law. Help us bring Israel back under the rule of law, rather than rule by law. By truth: stand up with us and speak truth, even though it is difficult to go against all those who would shout it down. By peace: let us see peace in this year to come.
We can still make peace. Won't you give one more time this year to help us? And for all the support you have given us - thank you.
Rabbi Alana Suskin
Director of Strategic Communications
Americans for Peace Now