Statement of Some Denver-Boulder Jews In Support of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project
The following letter, originally signed by 11 local area Jews, has been submitted to the Boulder Daily Camera:
(Note: Although the letter has already been submitted, more names of people willing to sign keep coming in and as they do, I will post ALL of them here at the blog site which is also posted on Facebook; We are now up to 40 Jewish signers and two supporters with names still coming in)
To the Boulder Daily Camera:
We, the undersigned, members of the Boulder – Denver – Longmont more broadly based Jewish Community of Colorado, want to express our support for the current proposal being placed before the Boulder City Council, for Boulder to establish a `Sister-City’ relationship with the city of Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. People-to-People projects such as the “Sister City” program are highly effective in increasing good will, dialogue and open communication between and among communities. To this end we want to encourage the Boulder City Council to pass this resolution
Some of us who have signed this letter are religious Jews, some not, but we all believe such People-to- People initiatives are important and within Boulder’s long tradition of humanism and empathy for people everywhere. We see such a gesture very much as `a Jewish thing’ to do, to express our sympathy for a people who has long suffered and who deserves the justice and dignity long denied it. There is nothing anti-Semetic, anti-Jewish, or quite frankly, even anti-Israel about such an initiative as some have suggested. To the contrary, it is, instead, a gesture of friendship.
We urge the Boulder City Council to support this initiative.
Signed (in alphabetical order)
Members of the Jewish Community:
Bob Bronstein, Sonia Bronstein, Les Canges, Ira Chernus, Nancy Commins, Ami Dayan, Michael Dayan, Joel Edelstein, Melodye Feldman, Zhenya Gallon, Alan Gilbert, Joan Graff, Irving Greenbaum, Karla Horowitz, Cheryl Kasson, Jennifer Klein, Henry Kroll, Randall Kuhn, Leslie Lomas, Pat Madsen, Tom Mayer, Barbara Millman, Rabbi Adam Morris, Charles Nadler, Danny Postel, Abbie Prince, Mollly Prince, Rob Prince, Doug Reichlin, Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk, Sheldon Sands, Miriam Schiff, Ruth Seagull, Lynn Segal, Barry Sharoff, Rob Smoke, Elissa Tivona, Evan Weissman, Juliet Wittman, Betty Zeitman
Arnie Carter, Pete Peterson