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Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Senate Leadership on Darfur
In response to two amendments to provide action to stop the genocide in Darfur Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "We welcome these crucial steps toward ending the genocide, realizing that we can no longer stand idly by as those in Darfur are murdered, raped, and starved."

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Saperstein: We welcome these crucial steps toward ending the genocide, realizing that we can no longer stand idly by as those in Darfur are murdered, raped, and starved.

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2005 – In response to two amendments to provide action to stop the genocide in Darfur Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

    We commend Senators Corzine and Brownback for their leadership in successfully advancing the Darfur Accountability Act as an amendment to the Iraqi-Afghanistan Senate Supplemental Appropriations bill. This vital and much needed legislation calls for a new UN Security Council resolution with targeted sanctions against the government of Sudan and their business interests, an extension of the current arms embargo to cover the government of Sudan, continued assistance to African Union forces in addition to an expanded mandate to protect civilians, enforcement of a military no-fly zone over Darfur, and a Presidential Envoy for Sudan. We also welcome the Senate’s adoption of another Corzine amendment, co-sponsored by Brownback, DeWine, and Durbin that adds $90 million for critical humanitarian aid to Darfur and urgently needed assistance to the African Union forces monitoring the region.

    We welcome these crucial steps toward ending the genocide, realizing that we can no longer stand idly by as those in Darfur are murdered, raped, and starved. As we celebrate Passover, a season where we recall our own oppression, let us commit ourselves to a future of justice and peace-making. We urge the House-Senate conferees on the Supplemental Appropriations bill to include these important amendments in their final version. 

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis. 


 



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