In advance of President Bush’s upcoming visit to Israel, Wednesday, January 9, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has publicly stated that “Israel must internalize divided Jerusalem”.
Call the White House today and urge the president to resist pressuring Israel to internationalize or divide Jerusalem. The White House comment line is (202) 456-1111 and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you call, be firm but respectful while noting that:
1) Jerusalem and the Jewish people share a bond dating back thousands of years. The city is in our prayers three times daily and we remember Jerusalem at the holiest moments of the year.
2) A divided Jerusalem will be unsafe. When it was divided prior to 1967, Jerusalem was a city under siege and at war. Sniper fire and mortar attacks were common. Sderot today will be Jerusalem tomorrow if we allow it to be divided.
3) Only under Israeli sovereignty has Jerusalem been free to all faiths and all peoples. Prior to 1967, Jewish holy sites, the Western Wall, synagogues and graveyards were desecrated, vandalized and destroyed. Christians faced – and face today in parts of the Muslim world – restrictions on their freedom to worship and practice.
For the Sake of Jerusalem, Do Not Remain Silent
For a list of contact information of American and Israeli government officials, click here.
To see the OU’s response to Prime Minister Olmert’s statements, click here.