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Unrest in Egypt Cause for Both Hope and Concern

Yoffie: "The people of Egypt should have the rights of all citizens of the earth to peacefully assemble, to express their opinion openly and without fear of oppression, and to express their political desires through fair and legitimate elections."

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Washington, D.C. January 31, 2011- In response to the ongoing unrest in Egypt, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

We are watching the developing situation in Egypt with concern, and with hope.

We agree with President Obama that it is essential that the Egyptian government use restraint when dealing with peaceful protests.  Our prayers go out to all those who have been injured and the families of those who have been killed in this conflict.

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.

We, therefore, join with the governments of the United States and Canada in calling for President Mubarak to implement the political, social and economic reforms that will move the country forward.

We urge and pray that these reforms be moved forward through a peaceful dialogue between the protesters and the government and not through the use of violence on either side.

We hope that whatever the outcome of these events, the Republic of Egypt continues to work for peace in the greater Middle East and continue its more-than-thirty-years peace agreement with the State of Israel.

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