- Rabbinic Voice
- Reform Responsa
- CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly
Resolution Adopted by the CCAR
Call for Immediate Action to Halt the Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of
(Due to the time-sensitive
nature of this issue, the full text of this resolution
to be presented at the convention is subject
to change.) As we mark the 50th anniversary
of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising by resolving that
"never again" will we stand by and
allow attempts to commit genocide to go unopposed, we the
victims and children of victims
silence are gratified that, though belatedly, the world has come to
lessons learned during
the Holocaust. We call upon the Canadian and American public
to join us in imploring our
government to assume its rightful moral responsibility
and global leadership by taking the
following decisive measures to end this barbarity.
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June
WHEREAS, we call upon the governments of the United States and Canada to be more vigilant to stand up to genocide and "ethnic cleansing" in the future.
WHEREAS, we hope that the world will respond in a more timely fashion to any current or future actions of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
WHEREAS, we call for the immediate lifting of the arms embargo in order to provide defenseless Bosnians with the means to defend themselves.
WHEREAS, we call for an increase in humanitarian aid to the civilian population.
WHEREAS, we call for maximizing the isolation of Serbia in the world community through the imposition of more severe economic and diplomatic sanctions.
WHEREAS, we call upon members of the Conference to exercise their moral leadership in the implementation of this resolution.
WHEREAS, we call for the immediate implementation of all these measures before the of the Bosnian population is completed as the world stands by.
We hope that as a nation whose highest principle incorporates a commitment to individual and human rights, we will be able to look back upon this tragic episode and say in good conscience that our country did what was humanly possible to stop the carnage, save lives, and promote peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina.