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Reform Jewish Movement Applauds House Passage of Darfur Peace and Accountability Act
In response to yesterday’s House of Representatives passage of the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement, “as we prepare to celebrate Passover, we remember our own experience as slaves in the land of Egypt and are reminded of the millions worldwide who suffer oppression – few more grievously than the people of Darfur.”

Saperstein: As we prepare to celebrate Passover, we remember our own experience as slaves in the land of Egypt and are reminded of the millions worldwide who suffer oppression – few more grievously than the people of Darfur.

Washington, April 6, 2006 - In response to today’s House of Representatives passage of the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Following in the Senate’s footsteps, the House of Representatives voted yesterday on the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, overwhelming passing this vital and much needed legislation. We commend members of the House their action, reaffirming that genocide is occurring; imposing sanctions on individuals responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; supporting measures for the protection of civilians and humanitarian operations; and supporting peace efforts in Darfur.

By passing this bill, the House of Representatives has taken critical steps toward ending the genocide and has demonstrated its continued commitment to the people of Darfur. Congress has reflected the sentiments of Americans nationwide – refusing to remain apathetic to what the United Nations has labeled “the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.” We look forward to President Bush signing this important legislation into law so that we can move ahead with the peacekeeping process.

As we prepare to celebrate Passover, we remember our own experience as slaves in the land of Egypt and are reminded of the millions worldwide who suffer oppression – few more grievously than the people of Darfur. On April 30th, the Reform Movement is joining with thousands of individuals from across the country who share our commitment to ending the genocide in Darfur. Now, more than ever, we must pledge to work toward a future of justice, peace and freedom for all. For more information on the Save Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide, please visit the RAC’s rally website at www.rac.org/rallyfordarfur

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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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