International Resolutions

Resolution on Prevention of and Response to Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities

adopted by the 2011 JCPA Plenum

Despite a collective commitment, the failure of the world community to stop genocidal violence and humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and other areas of the world has raised the question of whether the United States and the international community have the political will and capacities necessary to deter or stop genocide and other mass atrocities. The U.S. Senate, in December 2010, unanimously adopted Concurrent Resolution 71, recognizing the U.S. national interest in preventing and mitigating acts of genocide and other forms of mass atrocities against civilians.

At the 2005 United Nations World Summit, world leaders agreed that “the international community, through the United Nations . . . has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian, and other peaceful means . . . to help protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. In this context, we are prepared to take collective action, in a timely and decisive manner, through the Security Council . . . should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations . . . .”

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Resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

adopted by the 2011 JCPA Plenum

President Obama has made resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority in the first years of his administration, appointing former Sen. George Mitchell as a special Middle East envoy on his first day in the White House. Positive developments in the West Bank Palestinian political landscape - particularly the nation and institution building led by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad -- have opened up new opportunities to make progress toward peace. Provided that Israel's fundamental security requirements will be met in any final peace agreement, Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed support for the establishment of an independent, demilitarized Palestinian state - a state with an internal security apparatus, but not an army that could potentially threaten Israel. While not making it a precondition for negotiations, the Prime Minister has insisted that Palestinian leadership recognize Israel as the Jewish state, the nation state of the Jewish people. In order to build confidence, the Israeli government imposed an unprecedented ten month moratorium on settlement construction in November 2009.

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Resolution on Campaign to Delegitimize Israel through Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement

by JCPA

As Adopted by 2010 Plenum

In recent years, the campaign to delegitimize and demonize Israel, which began in earnest at the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, has intensified. This campaign, which is being driven by NGOs in the Middle East and throughout the world, distorts the history and national aspirations of the Jewish people to live in peace in a homeland to which we have been connected continuously and profoundly for more than three millennia. The legitimate right of Israel to defend itself from terror often is ignored. Israeli policy and actions are not beyond criticism; but we have witnessed a continuing flow of inaccurate charges of human rights violations and outrageous comparisons of Israel to apartheid South Africa and even to Nazi Germany.

Increasingly, these attacks on Israel have carried a false imprimatur of international law, in which misinformation is used to accuse Israel of violating universally accepted conventions and norms. Such attacks are then used as a basis for justifying international isolation, economic sanction, and even the prosecution of Israeli officials. Frequently deficiencies in Israel's record are exaggerated while those of its adversaries are minimized. The many ways in which Israel has sought to comply with international norms and conventions, often to its own tactical disadvantage, tend to be overlooked.

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Resolution on the Falash Mura

by JCPA

As Adopted by 2010 Plenum

Israel has always been committed to helping every Jew who wants to make Aliyah, especially those from challenging situations. We recognize that the question of the Jewish status of the Falash Mura is complicated, that Israel has limited resources, and that Israel has the right to determine its own criteria for immigration. In addition, we believe that Israel has a humanitarian obligation to resolve the issue of Falash Mura immigration.

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Resolution on the On-Going Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

by JCPA

As Adopted by 2010 Plenum

In January, portions of the island nation of Haiti, already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, were devastated by a massive earthquake, resulting in the loss as many as 300,000 lives, and possibly more.

Many nations quickly reacted to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti. As Americans, we applaud the tremendous efforts commenced by the U.S. military and many U.S.-based NGOs including American Jewish organizations to provide relief to the Haitian people. As Jews, we took particular pride when Israel quickly air-lifted an entire field hospital to Haiti, that provided perhaps the best medical care available in Haiti in the days following the earthquake, and when Israeli search and rescue teams pulled a number of victims, alive, from the rubble.

It is important to continue these efforts, because the need for medical care, temporary shelter, and food aid will continue indefinitely. Haiti will also need substantial assistance to rebuild housing and infrastructure, as the Haitian people lack the resources to do so on their own.

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