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May 31, 2003

Action: Another anti-Roadmap petition to Bush

JAT has sent around an e-mail urging US citizens to sign a petition, the text of which is given below. Note that the petition sates expressly, "The undersigned Americans", so it would be inappropriate for non-US citizens to sign.

The petition URL is http://www.petitiononline.com/amcha503 (click to sign).

Petition text

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President George W. Bush,

We support and commend your courageous leadership in the Middle East and are sincerely grateful for your further deepening of the strong ties between America and Israel.

Mr. President, on June 24, 2002 you presented your vision for achieving peace in the region. You concluded by saying,
this moment is both an opportunity and a test for all parties in the Middle East – an opportunity to lay the foundations for future peace, a test to show who's serious about peace and who is not. The choice here is stark and simple. The Bible says, "I have set before you life and death, therefore choose life." The time has arrived for everyone in this conflict to choose peace and hope and life.

The undersigned Americans, representing the entire religious and political spectrum of the country, are united in the belief that to fulfill your vision, the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) must be governed by the following principles:

1) The PA must renounce the notion of a Palestinian "Right of Return" to the Jewish State. This ostensible "right" is a ploy to destroy the State of Israel. Were the millions of Palestinians currently living throughout the world actually resettled in Israel, the Jewish State would cease to exist.

2) The PA must dismantle the existing terrorist infrastructure and end its anti-Semitic incitement to violence before the Road Map is implemented. Additional obligations on the parties must be introduced sequentially, not simultaneously.

3) Road Map advancement must be based on performance, not on arbitrary timetables that encourage noncompliance.

Adherence to these principles offers the best prospect of "peace and hope and life" that we all pray for daily.

Sincerely,
I urge readers who are US citizens to sign this petition.