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ACTION ALERT (Updated 1/7): Tell Congress -- Seek a Ceasefire Now

Members of Congress are being pressed by AIPAC to issue statements in support of Israel's right to use force. Unfortunately, their call fails to mention any need to work to end the crisis.
1/7/09 Update from Noam Shelef, APN Director of Communications:

On Sunday, January 4th, APN called on you (information and link also below) to write to Congress, to press them to urge the Bush administration to spare no effort to achieve a ceasefire.

I know that many of you have written Congress already. Thank you. If you have not yet done so, I hope that you will take this opportunity to take action. Click here to edit and send your letters now.

Members of Congress are reportedly working on a resolution dealing with the ongoing violence as I write this email. It's vital that they hear from their constituents who support Israel's right of self-defense and want to see the United States urgently engaged in efforts to secure a ceasefire.

I also encourage you to visit APN's Gaza Crisis Resource Webpage for news and analysis about the violence. Among the unique resources that APN provides are short audio interviews offering a variety of perspectives on the crisis.


1/4/09

Take Action Now

Members of Congress are being pressed by AIPAC to issue statements in support of Israel's right to use force. Unfortunately, their call fails to mention any need to work to end the crisis.

Members of Congress need to understand that their constituents both support Israel's right to self defense and know that active diplomacy to end this crisis is needed urgently.

Israel has the right, and the obligation, to take measures to stop the terror of incoming fire from the Gaza Strip.  This right and obligation poses tremendous challenges for Israel, given the nature of Hamas and its rule in Gaza.

While Israel's military can achieve short-term tactical gains in Gaza, it cannot destroy popular support for Hamas, stop all rockets from falling, or force the release of its captive solider, Gilad Shalit. 

Indeed, this escalation risks playing into the hands of extremists, while increasing dangers to both soldiers and civilians -- Israeli and Palestinian -- and getting Israel bogged down in an open-ended mission in Gaza.  It also raises the specter of a two-front war, should Hezbollah decide to renew conflict on Israel's northern border, with all the challenges to the Israeli military and the danger to Israeli civilians that this would entail.

To succeed, a new ceasefire must have teeth and it must include two elements missing from the previous ceasefire: improvements in the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the re-emergence of a serious, productive political process. Absent these items, any ceasefire risks becoming merely an intermission to allow those attacking Israel to
re-arm, re-trench, and enhance their military capability.

Please contact your Representative and Senators.  Urge them to speak
out and press the Bush Administration to spare no effort in working with Israel and regional parties to establish a new ceasefire and to put into place mechanisms that can assure that this time it will not fail.

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