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Urge U.S. Leadership in Ending Syrian Conflict

For six 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 April, the Syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons in an attack in northern Syria, killing at least 70 people while targeting civilians and children. 
     

    The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1677) 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. The House of Representatives passed this bill and has refered it to the Senate. 

     
    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.

     
    Take Action:

    Urge your Senators to bring 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.