Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (LOGA)
122 C Street N.W.,
Action Alert: updated Monday February 09, 2004
Please use the following talking points in your letters to President Bush and your Members of Congress.
1) Affirm the President’s renewed call for an independent Palestinian state and for Israel's right to exist. Express support for the action of the United Nations Security Council calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state and for U.S. reaffirmation of U.N. Security Council resolutions 242, 338, and 1397 as the bases for reaching a negotiated, final settlement.
2) Ask your Senators and Representatives to encourage President Bush to strengthen his efforts to get Israel to stop building the "Separation Wall" on West Bank land, even if this requires financial pressure. The Capitol switchboard will connect you: Senate 202-224-3121; House 202-225-3121. Another appropriate action is to call the White House comment line (202-456-1111) and encourage them to continue implementing the Road Map for peace by taking necessary steps (including reducing financial aid) to stop Israel from building this barrier on Palestinian land. Click here for information on the "Separation Wall" and its devastating consequences. NEW! Read the World Council of Churches Booklet on Israel's Wall of Separation online or order print copy.
3) Ask the Bush Administration to take immediate steps, in cooperation with the international community, to break the cycle of Palestinian-Israeli violence. The ELCA vigorously condemns all attacks on civilians and private property no matter the source. The deliberate targeting of innocent children, women and men is reprehensible, and does not contribute to the goal of an independent Palestinian state or to the security of Israel.
4) Appeal to the Bush Administration to press Israel to remove military forces from Palestinian-controlled areas, stop building settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, and restore to Palestinians freedom of movement. Ask President Bush to continue to insist that all Israeli forces withdraw from Palestinian territories to the borders that existed before the 1967 war -- consistent with U.N. resolutions. Any further delay in the restoration of basic services will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza and undermine efforts to achieve a break in the cycle of violence.
5) State your support for the establishment of an international observer mission to maintain peace between Israelis and Palestinians. ACTION ALERT: International Observers Needed
6) Urge the President to help preserve and protect human rights for the people living in the occupied territories and uphold international law and human rights standards. State your support for development aid that is essential for the Palestinians to improve their political and economic systems.
7) Ask that the U.S. government urge Israel to reaffirm the rights and privileges accorded the Lutheran World Federation under previous agreements with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The December 22, 2002 decision of the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem to revoke a tax exemption agreement between the State of Israel and the LWF-operated Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) seriously jeopardizes the Lutheran World Federation's essential health care and vocational training activities in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. ACTION ALERT: Augusta Victoria Hospital and other LWF activities
For more information, visit www.loga.org or contact Mark Brown at the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs: Mark_Brown@elca.org