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Reform Jewish Leader Welcomes President Bush’s Call for Action on Darfur
In response to President Bush’s recent call to expand the number of international troops in Darfur and provide increased funding to address the crisis, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued a statement noting, “We applaud President Bush’s determination to step-up U.S. efforts to stop the killings, rapes, and displacements that have left millions without homes and hundreds of thousands dead.”

Saperstein: We applaud President Bush’s determination to step-up U.S. efforts to stop the killings, rapes, and displacements that have left millions without homes and hundreds of thousands dead.

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Washington, February 21, 2006– In response to President Bush’s recent call to expand the number of international troops in Darfur and provide increased funding to address the crisis, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, today issued the following statement:

President Bush’s call to double the levels of international troops in Darfur is a welcome recognition of the international community’s responsibility and that of the United States in particular, to address the ongoing crisis in Sudan. We applaud President Bush’s determination to step-up U.S. efforts to stop the killings, rapes, and displacements that have left millions without homes and hundreds of thousands dead. While President Bush’s statement is a welcome step, words are not enough: it has been, for example, over a year since the United States termed the situation in Darfur as “genocide;” yet the killings continue.

By calling for a doubling of international forces, an increased role for NATO peacekeepers, and proposing $500 million for Darfur in a supplemental funding request, President Bush has signaled the United States’ commitment to increased action. Although there is much the United States can and should be doing, we know that the U.S. cannot address this crisis on its own. The United Nations must similarly recommit itself to ending the genocide through increased involvement, as must other nations around the world that have the means and interest in addressing one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our day. We call on Congress and UN to work with President Bush to ensure that all necessary resources are committed to ending the genocide in Darfur.

History has taught us what happens when the world turns a blind eye to genocide. Let us not fail to learn that tragic, horrific, lesson.

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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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