• Most polls indicate that a majority of American Jews (and most non-Jews) support President Obama’s attempt to negotiate a settlement that would prohibit Iranian development of nuclear weapons rather than the Netanyahu approach of undermining those negotiations.
• Most polls indicate that a majority of American Jews oppose the expansion of West Bank settlements that Netanyahu favors and support the creation of an independent Palestinian state living in peace with Israel.
We who sign this ad (the full list can be read at www.tikkun.org/AdSignatories) are American Jews and our non-Jewish allies who oppose any attempt to drag the American people into another war. We remember the way that the Bush Administration lied us into a war with Iraq by providing false information about a non-existent threat of Iraqi nuclear weapons. We do not need a repeat of that scenario as militarists in Israel and the U.S. once again use the fear of non-existent nuclear weapons to manipulate us into another war. It is not in the interests of the U.S., Israel or the people of the world.
The strategy of domination over those identified as “evil others” and used by the U.S. and Israel as the path to homeland security has not worked. Using force, violence, wars,not produced a world of peace or security.
The Islamic extremists and others who resort to violence would have a much harder time recruiting fighters and supporters to struggles against the West if we were known to the world through our generosity, humility and respect for indigenous cultures rather than through our military and economic power. Similarly Israel would achieve far greater security were it acting in a spirit of generosity toward the Palestinian people. The “realists” scoff at such thinking—yet their strategies have continually failed for thousands of years.
So even while some of the signatories to this letter do not oppose the use of force in extreme circumstances like WWII or stopping ISIS/Islamic State, we do believe it is time to give generosity and caring for others a real chance. The capitalist ethos of materialism and winning though intimidation is destructive to us, our families, and to people around the world. Instead of more wars and domination, it is time for what Jews call “tikkun”— healing and transformation. Lets start now with a Global Marshall Plan!
Signatories For a full list of the 2400+ signatories visit tikkun.org/AdSignatories (all institutions listed below for identification purposes only)
Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor Tikkun Magazine
Cat J. Zavis, Executive Director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives
“Humanity may be divided between...those to whom the sword is the symbol of honor and those to whom seeking to convert swords into ploughshares is the only way to keep our civilization from disaster.” —Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Inner Editorial Board, Tikkun
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Prof. Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University, L.A.
Jill Goldberg, Langara College
Peter Gabel, Editor at Large
Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, Director Jewish Studies, USF Dr. Deborah Kory, Psychologist
Prof. Cynthia Moe Lobeda, author of Resisting Structural Evil Prof. Shaul Magid, Chair, Jewish Studies, Indiana University Dr. Phillip Wolfson, Psychiatrist
Prof. Stephen Zunes, Politics and International Studies, USF
Other signatories include:
Rae Abileah Prof. Charles F. Altieri, UC Berkeley Siamak Arassi Stanley Aronowitz Prof. Paul Atwood, U Massachusetts Roberta and Leonard Badger-Cain/Cain Peter Barglow Raymond Barglow Prof. Wendy Barker, U Texas Prof. Aliki Barnstone U Missouri Thomas Bender, NYU Prof. Nathaniel Berman, Brown U Ed Berne Joel Bleifuss, In These Times Robert Blauner, UC Berkeley Prof. Ned Block NYU Nathan Board MoveOn.org Rena Bransten Mal Burnstein Co-Chair, Rules Committee, California Democratic Party David Burrell, U Notre Dame Prof. Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Tony Campolo Prof. Hugo Cardenas Universidad de Santiago Nachshon Carmi Prof. Ira Chernus, U Colorado Prof. Peter Child, MIT Joan Chittister, Benetvision Martha Christian Prof. Robert Cohen, NYU Prof. James Cohen, Sorbonne Prof. Bruce Cohen, Worcester State Mark Crispin Miller, NYU Prof. Fred Dallmayr, U Notre Dame Victoria de Grazia Noel Dennis Charles Derber, Boston College Prof. Hasia R. Diner, NYU Michael Dowd Prof. Ian Duncan, UC Berkeley Stan Duncan Stefan Edlis Prof. Gregory Elliott, Brown U Frederick Enman, Boston College Harold Erdman Seth Farber, Ph.D. Institute of Mind and Behavior Alissa Flores Prof. Carol Fontaine, Andover Newton Theological School Dr. Helen Fox, U Michigan Estelle Frankel, Author of Sacred Therapy Prof. Linda Gordon, NYU Prof. Emily Gottreich, UC Berkeley Prof. William Graham, Harvard Barbara Green Prof. Ramon Greenberg, Harvard and Princeton U Margaret Gullette, Brandeis Prof. Janet Gyatso, Harvard Prof. Sally Haslanger, MIT Josh Healey Raymond Helmick, Boston College Bonnee Henry, UCC Prof. Olivier Herrenschmidt, U. Paris Prof. Laurence Horn, Yale Susannah Heschel, Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College Dr. Bruce Hirsch Jane and Richard Hirschmann/Levy Prof. Douglas Hofstadter, Cognitive Scientist Prof. Tera Hunter, Princeton Prof. Harold Jacobs, SUNY Prof. Glenn Jacobs, U Massachusetts Prof. Irene Jillson, Georgetown Prof. Steven Jonas, Stony Brook Prof. Catherine Keller, Drew U Prof. Marie Kennedy, UCLA Mimi Kennedy, Progressive Democrats of America Prof. Amber Kerr, UC Davis Prof. Ben Kiernan, Yale Nancy Kim Irena Klepfisz, author Prof. Thomas Kleven, Thurgood Marshall Law School Prof. David Kronenfeld, UC Riverside Prof. Lauren Langman, Loyola U Chicago Larry Lerner, Partners for Progressive Israel Prof. Donald Levine, U Chicago Prof. Daniel Levine, U Texas David Loy, Buddhist Social Theorist Milton Masur M.D. Patricia McDonald Ray McGovern Prof. Everett Mendelsohn, Harvard Douglas Mirell Don Moon Prof. Leslie Morris, U Minnesota Susannah Nachenberg, Jewish Voices for Peace Prof. Stuart Newman, N.Y. Medical College Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton U and Stanford U Prof. Peter Ochs, U Virginia Wendy Orange Prof. Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth Richard Page Dr. John Paggioli Bob Petit National Institute of Health Prof. Laurin Raikin NYU James Reddington Prof. Judith Richman, U Illinois UC Berkeley Joel Rosenberg, Tufts Penny Rosenwasser David Rothfield Herbert Rothschild, Peace House Richard Platkin, LA Jews for Peace Letty Cottin Pogrebin William Pollak Prof. Jeffery Prager, UCLA James Prescott, Robert Roach Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation Wade Clark Roof, UCSB Prof. Stephen Rosenbaum, Prof. Saskia Sassen, Columbia U Donna Schaper Prof. Raquel Scherr, UC Davis Bev Schwartz Prof. David Schweikart,
The interfaith (and secular-humanist-welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives is the education-outreach arm of Tikkun.
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