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700 U.S. Jews Sign Peace Now Ad

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A full-page ad, signed by more than 600 American Jews in support of the Peace Now movement appeared in last Friday’s and again in Sunday’s issues of the Jerusalem Post. The signators urged the government of Israel “to respond creatively and courageously to new opportunities for peace for Israel and her Arab neighbors.”

The ad, which was coordinated by Americans for Progressive Israel (API), called upon all supporters of Israel and Zionism “to join us in solidarity with these Israeli members of Peace Now so that the day will be hastened when the resources now expended for necessary military security can begin to be invested in the peaceful pursuits of serving the human needs of all peoples for peace and progress in the Middle East.” On July 3 the Jerusalem Post carried a full-page ad signed by 33 American Jews backing the government’s peace policy and supporting Premier Menachem Begin.

(In New York, David P. Tulin, API executive vice-president, said the number of names on the statement “is indicative of broad, grass roots Jewish community concern over the Begin government’s apparent unwillingness or inability to act consistent with past traditional and Israeli government policies, namely, to be willing to negotiate territories, including parts of the West Bank, in return for a secure peace and recognition from Israel’s Arab neighbors.”

(The ad, Tulin said, “was coordinated solely in the U.S. among individuals from varying religious and political backgrounds in the Zionist movement, though the coordination of the campaign was supported by one of the constituents of the American Zionist Federation, Americans for Progressive Israel.”)

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