As Jews, we call upon Israel:
March 19, 2002
 
To agree to the immediate establishment of an international peacekeeping force in the occupied territories to protect civilians from violence by the Israeli military and settlers;
 
To cease building or expanding settlements as a first step toward their complete evacuation.
 
As Jews and U.S. taxpayers, we call upon the U.S. government:

To suspend military aid to Israel, which is used to maintain the occupation, until Israel withdraws completely from the occupied territories;
 
To reduce economic aid to Israel by the amount spent on maintaining the settlements until all are evacuated;
 
To redirect this reduction of economic aid toward reconstructing the devastated infrastructure of Palestine. We urge Israel to acknowledge that it bears significant historical responsibility for the dispossession of the Palestinian people, and to work toward a just solution to the plight of Palestinian refugees.
 
Finally, deeply distressed over the lives lost in desperate attacks by Palestinians, we call upon the Palestinian Authority to make every effort to curtail acts of violence against civilians in Israel. Israelís security policies harm all the peoples of the Middle East and make Israel less secure, not more.

This is an abridged version of a more comprehensive statement written by JEWISH VOICES AGAINST THE OCCUPATION (JVAO). The full text and its signers can be seen at www.jvao.org, or received from JVAO, P.O. Box 11606, Berkeley, CA 94712.
 
The occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem is killing Palestinians and Israelis alike and destroying Israel from within. There can be no peace or security for either until Israel completely evacuates its settlements in Palestinian territories, ends its military occupation, and returns to its pre-1967 borders.
 
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