Global Coalition of Jews Decries Trump’s Imperialist “Peace Plan”

A diverse coalition of Jewish organizations and individuals from communities across the globe has signed a call against US President Donald Trump’s imperialist plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The signed call follows.

 We share a commitment to the Jewish values of justice and peace which can only be fulfilled through a negotiated two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. We share a commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity which can best be fulfilled through peace agreements with its neighbors.

For any peace plan to work it must connect with the long-term goals and aspirations of all parties to the conflict. Trump’s one-sided deal does not adequately address Palestinian aspirations for independence in a sovereign state; it gives Israel a green light for the dangerous annexation of Palestinian territory; legitimizes settlements constructed in clear violation of international law; and removes the prospect for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state living in dignity alongside a secure Israel.

We believe that this plan could only be rejected by the Palestinian leadership as it will not bring peace, nor a viable two-state solution. A peace plan in name only, it will perpetuate the occupation and doom the region to a destructive future of more bloodshed and conflict. As Diaspora Jews, we reject this deal as inconsistent not only with international law but with Jewish values, and Israel’s aspiration to be a state living in peace and respect with its neighbors.

We therefore appeal to Jews around the world, our national governments and all those committed to a just peace to oppose this plan. Instead, we pledge to redouble our efforts to work with Israelis and Palestinians toward a future in which they can live in peace, with freedom, dignity, and security.

Sponsoring Organizations

Australia: Ameinu (Au), Habonim Dror (Au), Hashomer Hatzair (Au), Meretz (Au) Netzer; New Israel Fund (Au)

Canada: Canadian Friends of Peace Now; J Space; New Israel Fund (Can)

Europe: Jcall

Latin America: J-AmLat

New Zealand: Habonim Dror, Aotearoa

North America: Habonim Dror (NA)

South and Southern Africa: Habonim Dror (SA), Jewish Democratic Initiative

United Kingdom: Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights; Habonim Dror (UK), Jewish Labour Movement; Meretz (UK); New Israel Fund (UK); Noam; Yachad

United States: Ameinu (USA); J Street; Jewish Labor Committee; New Israel Fund (USA);  Partners for Progressive Israel; Progressive Israel Network; Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association; T’ruah

World Movement: Hashomer Hatzair