Ellison-Yarmuth-Dingell Letter Urging an End to Violence in Israel and Palestine

November XX, 2015

His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas


Palestinian National Authority

His Excellency Benyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel

Dear President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu:

We write in anguish and grief at the latest outbreak of deadly violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank. We appreciate your willingness to engage with Secretary Kerry and King Abdullah and hope you will build on that dialogue by doing everything in your power to avoid language and actions that increase fear, hatred, and violence. This moment calls on all of us to take actions that promote peace.

This violence is a familiar symptom of the underlying problem: the lack of a political solution that creates two states for two peoples, living side-by-side in peace and security. We know from experience in the region that when leaders make a commitment to the peace process, violence decreases.

Securing a lasting peace requires a commitment to humanizing the Israeli and Palestinian experience. Divisive rhetoric dehumanizes people and undermines the prospect of a two-state solution and long term peace.

We are committed to making this same plea to our colleagues in Congress. Members of the United States House of Representatives – and the American people -- have wanted peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians for decades. In order to be an effective voice for peace, we should pursue an approach the urges both sides to live up to their obligations under the Oslo Accords.

As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s death, we are reminded that leadership committed to peace saves lives. Prime Minister Rabin’s spirit lives on in Israeli citizens like Robi Damelin, a mother who devoted her life to peace and coexistence after her son was killed by a Palestinian sniper. The spirit of peace also lives on in Palestinians like Bassam Aramin, who devoted his life to peace after his daughter was shot by Israeli border police. And there is hope for lasting peace between Israel and Palestine because Robi and Bassam continue to work side by side to end violence.

We owe it to Robi, to Bassam, to the memory of Yitzhak Rabin, and to every Israeli and Palestinian to stop divisive rhetoric and work toward a meaningful peace.


Keith Ellison
Member of Congress

John Yarmuth
Member of Congress

Debbie Dingell
Member of Congress

I agree with the Ellison-Yarmuth-Dingell letter.

Your letter implies that there is equal culpability on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. This is not the case. Israel remains an active aggressor, stealing Palestinian land and violating the human rights of Palestinians, breaking international law. How long do you expect Palestinians to live under the apartheid, terrorist regime of Netanyahu without finally expressing a righteous anger?

Just tweeted: @white house :Mr. President: I an American Jew say: no new aid to Israel unless 2 state solution and withdrawal from occupied lands achieved.

The history of the state of Israel is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the state of Palestine. An occupying power whose character is marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the recipient of aide or assistance from a free people.

Both sides have a list of grievances as long as their arms but now is the time for RECONCILIATION - to draw a line to stop the blood-letting and to reach a settlement for the future.

In different ways and different measure both sides are victims and Peace will benefit both sides more than any victory, more than anything else. There can be no Security without Peace.

No 'price' is too great, no effort too much. Peace will be the greatest HONOUR for both sides.

Avraham Shomroni

Yes, more activism like this is needed!

Enough lives have been lost,lets now work for peace.

Enough lives have been lost,lets now work for peace.

Enough lives have been lost,lets now work for peace.

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