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Urge U.S. Leadership in Ending Syrian Conflict

For five years, the Syrian conflict has raged, with an unimaginable human cost. Over 50% of Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, and hundreds of thousands of civilians have died as a result. The Assad regime has targeted airstrikes, chemical attacks, and sieges against noncombatants. Indiscriminate attacks against civilians in hospitals, schools, and supermarkets offend our shared humanity, and the U.S. has an obligation to take action as a global leader on human rights.


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  • Background: 
    Just in September, the Syrian government conducted airstrikes in Aleppo that killed over 300 civilians and bombed a UN convoy transporting aid workers supplies. The attack ended a barely week-old ceasefire.

    The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016 H.R. 5732 would provide for future investigation into potential war crimes and crimes against humanity, and subsequently implement sanctions against actors and entities that have enabled the Syrian government to commit such acts. The bill is named after Caesar, a pseudonymous military photographer who bravely defected and smuggled out over 55,000 photographs of exposing the depravity of the Assad regime.

    Jewish Values:

    Our tradition teaches that “Whoever is able to protest against the transgressions of the entire world and does not do so is punished for the transgressions of the entire world,” (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat, 54b). We know that if we are silent in the face of human suffering, we will be called to account for this inaction. That is why we must speak out in defense of Syrian civilians who have been subjected to incalculable anguish.

    We also know that human life is sacred because all people are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). For this reason, the Union for Reform Judaism made a commitment to protect International Human Rights in 2008.

    Take Action:

    Urge President Obama and your Representative to supporting bringing the Caesar Act to the floor for an immediate vote.

    For More Information:

    For more on this issue, visit the RAC’s international issues page, the RAC’s refugees page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Shelby Friedman at (202) 387-2800.