Reform Jewish Leader Welcomes UN Resolution 1769, Urges Immediate Deployment of Peacekeeping Force to Darfur
Saperstein: Yesterday’s resolution is a promising step, but our efforts must continue until the people of Darfur are safe and the atrocities in the region have ended.
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Washington, DC, August 1, 2007 – In response to the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 1769, authorizing the deployment of a hybrid United Nations – African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We praise the members of the United Nations Security Council for yesterday’s unanimous passage of Resolution 1769 and hope this resolution results in the rapid deployment of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force to Darfur. The additional 26,000 military personnel and police officers authorized in Resolution 1769 are necessary to ensure that civilians are protected and the genocidal activity in the region ceases. The people of Darfur have waited long enough for the world to offer them more than empty promises and condemnations; too many have lost their possessions, their homes, and their lives. We must make certain that this resolution results in swift action and we strongly urge world leaders to use their nation’s resources to bring peace to this troubled region. Yesterday’s resolution is a promising step, but our efforts must continue until the people of Darfur are safe and the atrocities in the region have ended.
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