Update: Reform Movement Comments On Egyptian Unrest
The situation in Egypt changed yet again today, with scenes of violence between pro-government factions and anti-government protesters. Up until now the protests had been mostly peaceful. To read the NY Times report click here.
The Reform Movement continues to stand in support of the rights of all citizens of the world to peacefully assemble and urge that reforms be implemented through peaceful dialogue, not through the use of violence on either side. To read the Reform Movement's statement click here.
In response to the ongoing unrest in Egypt, the Union for Reform Judaism has issued a statement of support for the rights of all citizens of the world to peacefully assemble and is urging Egyptian President Mubarak and the Egyptian government to use restraint when dealing with peaceful protest and implement needed political, social and economic reform. In the statement from URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie we assert:
The people of Egypt should have the rights of all citizens of the earth to peacefully assemble, express their opinion openly and without fear of oppression and express their political desires through fair and legitimate elections.
For more background on the conflict see this most recent New York Times article. Additionally, NYTimes columnist Nick Kristof has been updating on his facebook and twitter pages from Egypt.
The Reform Movement continues to monitor the situation closely, keeping in mind our support for civil discourse and basic democratic rights as well as our support for the state of Israel.