What if you discovered a modern-day genocide plot? What if you discovered that the perpetrators had killed over 1 million people on the way to their goal of the destruction of an entire race of 6 million people? Would you have the courage to act?
What if you knew that the leader of the country was welcomed in the White House with full diplomatic honors, and President Clinton just visited that county in attempt to “normalize” relations? Would you speak out?
I am speaking, of course, of President Clinton’s recent trip to China and the slow but methodical Chinese genocide of the people of Tibet. Consider the following:
Since the 1950 invasion of Tibet, the Chinese government has killed over 1.2 million Tibetans, out of a total population of 6 million. The Chinese government has reduced to rubble over 6,000 monasteries in the country, leaving just six remaining, each with restricted enrollment. This has effectively prevented the Tibetans from teaching their religious and cultural traditions to their young, all but ensuring the loss of cultural and religious identity in the next generation and a lack of educated leadership.
Write a short, direct letter to President Clinton, urging stronger action regarding Tibet, with copies to a member of Congress, and President Jiang Zemin (c/o Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, 2300 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20008). Additional information on local activities, including a scheduled festival in Los Angeles on August 2, 1998, will be available from Los Angeles Friends of Tibet, by calling (310) 289-4654.
The fate of the Tibetans has inextricable parallels to that of the Jewish people, and no less than Elie Wiesel has urged public action and outcry on their behalf. Please support the movement to free Tibet, that we may all be inscribed on a different page in history.
Gary P. Gross
Thank you so much for publishing the article about the wedding of Rabbi Elwell and Nurit Shein (“Un-Conventional Wedding,” June 19). Our gay and lesbian loved ones who have been in long-term monogamous relationships certainly deserve to have their unions sanctified by the clergy. Having representation from several branches of Judaism and their guests sign the back of the covenant certainly added to the beauty of the day.
ACCESS, the young adult program of The Jewish Federation is open to singles and couples, ages 25 to 40. A June 19 article stated otherwise.
In a June 26 advertisement, Bar-Ilan University was inadvertently left off a list of schools that will be attended next year by YULA graduates.
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