Nearly 500 U.S. Rabbis Urge Obama to Press for Sudanese Peace

Nearly 500 rabbis of all streams urged President Obama in a letter to name a new special envoy to Sudan, saying the work there is not yet complete.

The May 24 letter was initiated by Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. It was signed by 492 rabbis from across the United States.

The letter calls for the appointment of a high-level special envoy “with the experience, political stature and resources to tackle effectively the myriad of challenges facing Sudan today,” increased humanitarian access for Sudanese people in need and a U.S. policy which will help in that country’s democratic transformation.

Princeton Lyman, the most recent envoy, stepped down in March. Envoys in recent years have helped broker the creation of the new nation of South Sudan, as well as the shaky peace in Darfur province.


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