Even with my concerns about anti-semitism in Europe, the nuclear issue in Iran and other hotspots around the world, I took a moment to sign onto a letter to President Obama, co-signed by 100 rabbis, urging a sane, responsible policy toward the Sudan (and the continuing problems in the Darfur region). The letter, organized by Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C., is below:
Dear Mr. President,
We were heartened by your statement last year that “There must be real pressure placed on the Sudanese government. We know from past experience that it will take a great deal to get them to do to the right thing.”
The Jewish community’s memories of the Holocaust provide a powerful reminder of the importance of taking strong action to stop genocide, and to punish the perpetrators of genocide.
We therefore hope that your policy with regard to Darfur will include the imposition of the strongest possible sanctions on the Sudanese government, pressure on Sudan’s allies to stop propping up its genocidal regime, and practical steps to implement the International Criminal Court’s warrant for the arrest of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.
Learn more about what is happening regarding Darfur and the Sudan at Jewish World Watch.