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Dec-17-2012 13:22printcomments

400+ Rabbis, Cantors Oppose Israel's E1 Building Plans

Open letter to PM Netanyahu says controversial settlement expansion could be ‘final blow to a peaceful solution’

E1 settlement zone map
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(WASHINGTON DC) - More than four hundred US rabbis, cantors, rabbinical students and cantorial students are expressing grave concern about Israel’s plans to advance the construction of settlements in the controversial E1 area of the West Bank and authorizing thousands of new housing units in East Jerusalem.

In an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the rabbis, cantors, and students warn that the move undermines the territorial contiguity of the future Palestinian state and the prospects for reaching a two-state solution, while damaging US-Israel relations.

“We fear that building settlements in E1 would be the final blow to a peaceful solution,” the letter warns.

The letter also expresses concern that “the current situation in the occupied territories violates Palestinian human rights and undercuts the very values on which Israel was founded – democracy, liberty, justice, and peace.”

The full text and list of signers to date can be found here.

The letter responds to Israeli government decisions announced the day after the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of Palestine to that of non-voting state.

Construction in E1 would violate repeated commitments that Israeli governments have made to the United States since 1994 not to build there.

Thus far, the letter has been signed by more than 400 rabbis from 38 states and the District of Columbia. The majority of the signers are congregational leaders.

Americans for Peace Now, J Street and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America coordinated the appeal.




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ROSENBERG December 18, 2012 9:27 am (Pacific time)

“Construction in E1 would violate repeated commitments that Israeli governments have made to the United States since 1994 not to build there,” according to J Street spokesperson Jessica Rosenblum. A J Street statement noted that the letter “has been signed by more than 400 rabbis from 38 states and the District of Columbia. The majority of the signers are congregational leaders.” The letter was coordinated by Americans for Peace Now, J Street and Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. Against the background of the government’s decision to build in Ramat Shlomo and the E-1 zone, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin sent a message to his acquaintances around the world saying that construction in Jerusalem is not subject to negotiations. “In any conceivable political arrangement, Israel will not cede control of E-1.” The supposed 2 state solution is only a pretext to prevent the natural expansion and growth of Israel, in actuality, weakening Israel for the next attack. Let the the Islamists formally recognize Israel and it's right to exist then Israel might be pressured into some accommodation with their enemies. BTW Where is the rabbinical outrage over the US government embracing Islamists Fascists in the form of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt? Have they forgotten that Haj Amin al-Husseini of the Muslim Brotherhood worked in the then British Mandate Palestine with Hitler in disseminating anti-Semitic and anti-Western propaganda. Further as an example, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem said on Berlin Radio March 1, 1944 “Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history and religion.” Perhaps they need to be reminded that Sadat was assassinated after he arrested Brotherhood leadership. Do they fawn now over President Morisi because he was "democratically" elected? Did they forget that Hitler was also democratically elected in 1933, the Nazis receiving the largest percentage of votes thus empowered to orchestrate a coalition putting Hitler in power.On his election as Egyptian President, Morsi pledged to work for the release of the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel Rahman currently in jail for life for the first World Trade Center attack, and other attempted terrorism on the bridges and tunnels of New York City. Where is their outrage over this doozy: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/muslim-brotherhood-pres-frees-monster-in-brutal-luxor-massacre/ More importantly, just because Morisi was elected in a democratic election, does not exonerate him or change is virulent anti-semitic sentiments and actions Read this http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/120312-635547-jihadist-past-haunts-new-egyptian-leader-morsi.htm RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT ISRAEL ADVOCACY TASK FORCE

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