Dear Editor: On Dec. 6, 2017, President Donald Trump made the controversial decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In doing so, he has parted with decades of U.S. foreign policy focused on supporting the peace process. As we have seen over the last few weeks, this decision has increased tensions in the region and across the globe. In a United Nations vote on Dec. 21, 128 countries condemned President Trump’s decision.

We, members of the Muslim community in greater Dane County, along with our friends and neighbors, are writing this letter because President Trump’s decision does not reflect principles and values that we hold dear.

1. We endorse a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is negotiated by the people whose lives are directly impacted. We see the president’s decision as a step backwards in the road to peace.

2. We support freedom from violence and oppression, and the right of all Palestinians and Israelis to live and prosper in the land where they were born. We see the president’s decision in opposition to the long-term interests of both Israelis and Palestinians.

3. We believe that Jerusalem is a holy place for all three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — and that followers of all three religions should have access to this mutually sacred site. We see the president’s decision as a barrier to a solution that allows for religious and ethnic diversity as well as peaceful coexistence.

This decision not only oversteps on an issue that should be left to negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, it places the United States in opposition to international consensus. We believe this decision is against the interest of the United States. It will further damage the troubled image of the U.S. as a broker of peace in this area and the world, and increase aggression against the U.S. and its citizens from extremist groups.

We stand in agreement with the many Israelis, Jewish American citizens, and organizations who stand for peace and justice in the Middle East. We call on one another, all concerned citizens, and the individuals who have been elected and appointed to represent us, to remain steadfast in helping others realize mutual dreams of peace and prosperity.

This letter was prepared by members of the Madison Muslim Community and signed by the people below:

Jewish Voice for Peace/Madison Chapter

Faye P. Whitaker

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

Jeannie Linzmeyer – De Pere

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

Merry Spangler

Stephen Hoffenberg

Kaitlin Young

Rev. Phil Haslanger

Paul Linzmeyer- De Pere

Rev. Katya E. Ouchakof

Connie Chang

Rev. Brad Brookins

Charles M Strother

Rev. Bonnie Van Overbeke

Sonjia Short

Interim Pastor Paula Harris

Karla Schmidt

Rev. Dr. Don Wagner

Dean Baumgardner

Rev. Winton Boyd

Sadie Schroeder - Neenah

Small Farmers' Alliance

Anne Malcore – Green Bay

Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

Pete Angilello – Green Bay

Voces De La Frontera

Dr. Paul Summerside – De Pere

John Vaudreuil, Former United States Attorney

Kathy Everson – De Pere

Jackie Woodruff

Sara Bell – Fond du lac

Marry Ann Woodke

Mallory R. Moore

Linda Bonner

Mark Scheffler - Appleton

Jule Cavanaugh

Rebecca Grow

Anna Moffit

Ann Louise Tetreault

Matthew Rothschild

Mitchell P. Krawiec-Thayer

Allen Rulf

Marian Ehrenberg

Pat Dibiase

Joyce Guinn

Gurdip Brar

Sara G. Lubbers

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff

Elaine Marie Kinch

Maggie Carrao

Joy First, Mount Horeb

Joe Maldonado

Amit Pal

Ken Baun

Annie Laurie Gaylor

Salvador L. Carranza

Dan Barker

Eugenia Sherman Brown, Ph.D.

Susan Elias, New Glarus

Philip Fransen

Lea Koesterer

Mary Strait

Allison K. P. Krawiec-Thayer

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Milwaukee

Catherine J. Kuehl

Gloria Reyes

Phyliss Ziegler

Lauren Blough

Keith A. Steffen

Matt Hogan

Toby Schafer

Teresa Carranza

Sandy Rindy

Angela Dickens

Sandy Fransen

A.Steve Porter

Ald. David Ahrens

Nancy Baumgardner

Bonnie L. Block

Caroline Farley

Dr. Robert T. Block

Shedd Farley

Karen Menéndez Coller

Dr Theodore A Peterson

Susan Dupont, Greendale

Venkata (Bob) Rao

Nabi Sheik

Adam Schesch

Dr. Maher Fattouh

Tracy Suprise

Abdalla Zanouny

William Kilgour

Sohail Siraj

Bruce Colburn

Masood Akhtar

David Williams

Gibril Jarjue

Fran Zell

Abdiwahid Said

David Newby

Maysoun Chablout

Inga Berg

Mohiuddin Kader

Aaron Hill

Ahmad Kamal

Tom Hirsch

Syed Rafay Masud

Isabel Spooner-Harvey

Tariq Saqqaf

Brian Lavendel

Fasidy Jabang

Sonia M. Baku

Syed Mohammad Ashar Wasi

Elizabeth Conn

Salman Bhutta

Amy Anderson

Saad Khalifa

Erica Ramberg

Bashir Khan

Jay Roberts

Abdi Sheikh

Peter Mann

Kemo Ceesay

Donald Metz

Nabeel Qureshi

Mary Metz

Omar Yassin

Leora Weitzman

Dr. Ahmed Akhtar

Ken Swift

Sadat Abiri

Barbara Kehrein

Mudassar Ahamd

Martin Kehrein

Tauseef Alam

Jennifer Greenwald

Dr. Ayad Samadhani

William Gibson

Mohammad Diriye

Diane Coccari

Lufti Saharani

Carolyn De Luna

Mansur Buhari

Sarah Louise-Graham Patterson

Shahab Taj

Nathan D. Peld

Abdul Hamid Ali

Martina Rippon

Dr. Suhail Hameed

Dave Jenks

Urooj Ansari

Elizabeth Feder

Javed Shaikh

Kevin J Clark

Dr. Azam Syed Ahmed

Judith Utevsky

Fatima Khusro

Christine Welcher

Syed Ahmed

Amr Yassin

Sarwat Ahmed

Adel Talaat

Abdulahi Mohamud

Mohammad Nazir

Arif Nadeem Mirza

Dr. Abdul Kenj Halabi

Seema Tahir

Abdallah Bendada

Fatima Bendada

Alhagie Jallow

Daoud Jandal, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Sarah Schlosser

Nasiru A Bousari

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Farhan Ahmad

Tairou Djad

Vaqar Mustafa Adhami

Alieu Ceesay

Dr. Iqbal Rashid

Ahmed Abushaban

Ibrahim Jimale

Cheikh Ndiaye

Osman Yusuf Musse

Jamal Bourenane

Fadumo Moalim

Lamin Sanneh

Farhan Maruf

Noman Ndami

Munasar Abdi Hasan

Muhammed Younas

Abdihafith Sheikh

Aamer Refique

Deeq Sabria

Ahmedullah Soumah

Saima Nosheen Masood

Alieu Traore

Jerreh Kujabi

Malick Sidibeh

Shabana Syed

Cheicbeh Nane

Dr. Syed Mohiuddin

Muhammed Akmal

Shakila Banu

Pa Amadou Sanneh

Fatema Rashid

Adama Sanogo

Abdullah Mahmood

Mohammed Syeed

Abdulla Badsha

Nazmi Etik

Moniba Nazeef

Ousman Darbe

Joko Supriyanto

Dhjasuddin Mohammed

Dr. Waleed Najeeb, Mequon

Pa Demba Camara

Hassan Benani

Driton Sylejmani

Maryam Laaziz

Naim Hepta

Hussein Amach

Owais Ahmed Khan

Zouhair Zahid

Omar Hassan Kurbi

Attorney Shabnam Lotfi

Mamadou Diallo

Driss Akawn

Jerry Mccoy

Hasna Jadaoui

Cherno Bojang

Abderhim Baji

Mamadou A Bah

Amy Plaza-Baji

Ebrima Mbye

Marwa Razy

Mohammed Alshammar

Safea Monawer

Alideed Qarcir

Arezu Monawer

Lamin Jammeh

Najat Faruoon

Mehtab Farooqui

Mustafa Hafet

Odrayo Yayous

Matarr Badjan

Muktar Nur

Yankuba Bojang

Tahirou Djira

Jobarteh Fofana

Umair Sabzwari

Yankuba Janneh

Ali Raza

Basheer Ahmad

Mohammed Hashim Malneiba

Wajahat Mahiddin Mohammed

Mohammed Ehtasham

Mustapha Ceesay

Abdellazr Semia

Mohammed Touir

Aziz Daya

Shanus R

Petra Streiff

Kevin J. Mahaney

Rev. Sonja L. Ingebritsen, Community of Hope UCC/Madison Christian Community

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