Believing in the wisdom and relevance of the Jewish tradition, we, the undersigned, maintain that the invasion of Iraq was not just and that the continued occupation extends this injustice.
It is now common knowledge that the permission to prosecute this war was gained under false pretenses by our president, and that the goals of the war were ill-considered, unrealistic, and poorly planned. The injustice of these goals was compounded by the poor execution of the Administrations war plans, which has been characterized by appalling incompetence, rampant corruption, and widespread war profiteering.
As concerned members of this democracy, we believe it is the moral responsibility of the current administration to end this war. The violence unleashed by the American invasion in Iraq has resulted, to date, in the deaths of hundreds of thousands1 of Iraqis and over 3,200 US troops as well as the wounding and maiming of hundreds of thousands of American troops and innocent civilians. Millions have become refugees. Iraq is embroiled in a civil war in which civilians are killed every day.
More than 75% of Iraqis are opposed to the American occupation. Americas reputation in the region has been significantly compromised, seriously affecting its ability to have a positive influence in the future. There is no escaping the hard fact that the American military presence in Iraq is causing far more harm than good.
We the undersigned implore our elected officials to act according to the will of the people of this great country and end this war! We ask that Congress set hard and fast limits on the ability of the President to expand this war or to extend it further in a military action against Iran.
Prof. Aryeh Cohen Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies American Jewish University (Los Angeles, CA),br>
Rabbi Dr. Shaul Magid Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
Rabbi Elliott Dorff, PhD American Jewish University (Los Angeles, CA)
Prof. S. Tamar Kamionkowsi Dean, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Philadelphia, PA)
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal (Boulder, CO)
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller UCLA Hillel (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone (Boulder, CO)
Rabbi Amy Eilberg (St. Paul, MN)
Rabbi Alana Suskin (Washington, DC)
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon Congregation Bnai Jeshurun (New York, NY)
Rabbi Ira Stone Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (Philadelphia, PA)
Rabbi Leonard Beerman Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
Prof. Adam Rubin Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater (Pasadena, CA)
Rabbi Toba Spitzer President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assembly (Wyncote, PA)
Rabbi Sharon Brous IKAR (Los Angeles, CA)
Prof Susannah Heschel Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Rabbi Yael Ridberg (New York, NY)
Prof. David Myers UCLA, Center for Jewish Studies (Los Angeles, CA)
Prof. Elliot Wolfson New York University (New York, NY)
Rabbi Richard Levy Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation (Chicago, IL)
Rabbi Perry Netter Temple Beth Am (Los Angeles),br>
*Institutional affiliation is for purposes of identification only and should not be taken as an endorsement by said institutions.,/i> Jews Against The War Petition