We urge our members to intensify their activities on behalf of ratification of a Convention already endorsed by 76 nations but not by the United States government. Our government was the prime mover of the original resolution in a convention based on principles of human dignity.
Fifty-nine nations have already outlawed genocide (the extinction of any national, ethnic, racial or religious group),
We call upon the United States government to join the other nations by signing the Genocide Convention without further delay.
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, Desolation nor destruction within thy borders” – Isaiah 60:18
WHEREAS, the United States had participated in the drafting of the Genocide Convention which makes destruction of groups and international crime and had favored its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly and
WHEREAS, the Genocide Convention is now an international law having been ratified by 24 nations and acceded to by 16 additional nations and
WHEREAS, the United States government has not ratified this important humanitarian convention,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Women’s League of the United Synagogue urge the United States senate to ratify the Genocide Convention without further delay.
Whereas, Judaism stresses the sanctity of human life, and
Whereas, the United States assumed leadership in the United Nations Assembly in the drafting and adoption of the Genocide Convention which makes destruction of groups an international crime, and
Whereas, the Genocide convention has now become international law, having been ratified by more than twenty (20) nations,
Now therefore be it resolved, that the National Women’s League of the United Synagogue, in convention assembled, urge the United States Senate to ratify the Genocide convention immediately.