Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Jews in Arab Lands

Adopted by the CCAR at the 87th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

WHEREAS the plight of Jews of Syria is still difficult, some journalistic reports not withstanding, and though our petition drive and other efforts have, seemingly, improved their outward conditions and Syria's sensitivity to world opinion, nevertheless, Syrian Jews endure a very vulnerable existence. Their very lives are subject to the capricious whims of those who hold them hostage. No one disputes that they are not free to leave.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis

(1) continue to work for the unimpeded release of the Jews of Syria

(2) continue to work for the relief of those Jews while they are yet held there against their will;

(3) continue to take note of their plight at all appropriate times, especially on

(a) Shabbat Zachor, the Yahrzeit of the murder in 1974 of the "Four Daughters of Damascus",

(b) Pesach , when we think of freedom from captivity,

(c) Tisha B'av, the season of mourning for the destruction of the Temple and exile to foreign lands, and

(d) Chanukah , recalling freedom from Syrian domination, and

(4) continue to urge U.S. government intervention with the Syrian government on behalf of our people there.