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Open Letter – Appeal to Break the Sieges in Syria

Syria is undergoing the worst warfare on the planet. We must not stand by and watch the triumph of a dictatorship whose very heart is torture and war crimes. We the undersigned believe the key to eventual peace is to stop the sieges of over 1 million Syrians.

We call for

  • Airdrop food and supplies to all besieged areas. If the U.N. won’t do it the U.S. should lead the way.
  • All forces to allow civilians to leave besieged areas if they wish without fear of detention or conscription or to remain in their homes.
  • Local ceasefires without using these to create more forced displacement.
  • The release all political prisoners and account for all those who died in detention.

Signed by:

Dr. Alice Rothchild
Ali Al Ahmed, Institute for Gulf Affairs
Khalil Bendib, political cartoonist,
The Rev. David W. Good, Minister Emeritus, The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Adam Hochschild, author
Mongi Dhaouadi, Senior Program Officer at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
Reza Mansoor, President Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, 1st Vice-chair of the board Hartford Seminary
Bishop John Selders, Pastor-Amistad Church, Hartford
Bill Fletcher, Jr., former President of TransAfrica Forum
Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz, Arizona
Phillip Weiss, Co-editor, Mondoweiss.net
Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation (UK)
Stanley Heller, Promoting Enduring Peace
David Turpin Jr., Antiwar Committee in Solidarity with the Struggle for Self Determination
Dr. Abraham Weizfeld, Ph.D., Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Dr. Colleen Keyes, Dean, Zaytuna College
Humayun Kabeer, Member, BOD, Islamic Council of New England
Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba
Dr. Lynn Malerba, Mohegan Tribe
Diana Nelsen, London, UK

Institutions listed for identification only

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