Progressive Zionist Appeal for Bilateral Ceasefire and Return of All Hostages

Dear President Biden:

We write to you as American Jews — member organizations of the Progressive Israel Network —
who represent the vast majority of liberal American Jews.
We thank you for your sincere, deep, and ongoing solidarity with Israelis and the Jewish
diaspora in the United States and around the world. You have stood with the victims of Hamas’
October 7 atrocities, have shared the grief and pain of those whose loved ones have been
taken hostage, and made clear – in word and in deed – that the United States will defend Israel
from existential threats.
For your compassion, principles, and enduring support, you have earned the deep and
abiding trust of the Israeli people and Jewish people around the world.
All of us invested in the fate of the ongoing war in the region stand at a critical juncture. As we
come upon the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and stand on the brink of a potential Israeli
military campaign in Rafah, where over 1.2 million Palestinian civilians are sheltering, the
situation on the ground has the potential to deteriorate even further. As American Jews, we are
profoundly concerned with the risks that this moment poses to Israelis, Palestinians, and the
entire region.
We firmly believe that there is no military solution to this conflict; the only future for Israelis and
Palestinians is a shared future; and we must raise up, not shut down, our shared humanity in
this moment.
To that end, we, members of the Progressive Israel Network, stand together in support of
your efforts to seek a viable path out of this nightmare — a bilateral ceasefire that brings a
stop to fighting, a release of all hostages, and a surge in humanitarian assistance. We also
turn to you for further leadership in laying out a plan for peace, security, freedom, and selfdetermination for all.
Out of this dark chapter in the history of Israelis and Palestinians we can write a new and better
one. One that delivers the promise of safety, freedom and peace to Israelis and Palestinians
now and for generations to come.
With gratitude for your leadership,
Americans for Peace Now
Habonim Dror North America
J Street
New Israel Fund
New York Jewish Agenda
Partners for Progressive Israel
Reconstructing Judaism
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights