Media Advisory: For Immediate Release
New York, NY, December 10,2012
424 W. 33rd Street, Suite 150, New York, NY 10001
December 10, 2012
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
On behalf of Ameinu, the leading progressive Zionist membership organization in North America,
I would like to thank you for your continued friendship towards, and support of, the State of Israel. Ameinu knows that Israel has no greater friends and allies than Canada and the United States; as such, Ameinu urges you to use your historic mediating role to encourage Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table as quickly as possible.
Canada’s past role as a key actor in facilitating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, namely as the gavel holder of the Refugee Working Group, is an important legacy that suggests a continued constructive role in facilitating negotiations, if Canada chooses to act as an honest broker.
It is no coincidence that immediately following the recent vote on the UN resolution regarding Palestinian statehood, the government of Israel announced plans to build 3,000 new units in the corridor connecting the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem, known as “E1.” Israel wanted to punish the Palestinians for what it deems a “unilateral” action.” There can be no mistake as to the ramifications of this new settlement construction — it will effectively destroy the chances for the creation of a contiguous, viable Palestinian state and render the two state solution dead. As progressive Zionists, we cannot abide and do not support this. We commend you for expressing your displeasure with Israel’s move, including Foreign Minister John Baird’s public statement that Israel’s E1 building plans are “unhelpful to the cause of peace.”
Ameinu implores your government to take an active and urgent role to mediate this conflict. The parties themselves have reached an impasse; yet Ameinu believes that it is a vital American, Canadian, and global interest to bring about a just and secure peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike. To this end, we call upon you to actively engage with both sides to facilitate the forging of a historic agreement.