Open Letter to Obama In New York Times Calls for Even-Handed Mideast Policy

January 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council joined more than a dozen advocacy groups across the nation in calling on President Barack Obama to adopt an even-handed policy that ensures sustainable peace in the Middle East. The groups' open letter to President Obama was published as a full-page advertisement in the New York Times inauguration edition.

The coalition included the Council on American-Islamic Relations - New York chapter, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Jews Against the Occupation, L.A. Jews For Peace, Pax Christi Metro New York, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, United for Peace and Justice, the Muslim Finance Professionals Association and the Muslim Bar Association of New York.

The open letter to President Obama read in part:

"With your historic inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, we share our sincerest congratulations and hope that you will uphold your commitment to change.

"As American citizens we are deeply concerned that our nation's one-sided approach to the Middle East crisis compromises America's ability to act as a fair negotiator. Our foreign policy has upheld the interests of Israel, but has failed to do the same for the Palestinian people. Israel the fourth largest military power in the world has devastated a population of 1.5 million people, one without an army, navy, or air force.