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UJPHL Mission Statement

Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land  (UJPHL) is a coalition of civil and human rights advocates who promote peace with justice in Israel and Palestine. We believe that a true and lasting peace in the region cannot be imposed, but instead must be based on justice as already set forth by international law and United Nations Resolutions.

We are committed to nonviolent social change and support the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace.

We support equal rights for Israel-Palestine and the dismantling of the current apartheid system.

We oppose the U.S. government’s unbalanced support for Israel, including U.S. military and economic aid until Israel ends its denial of Palestinian rights and its apartheid practices, and complies with UN resolutions and U.S. international law.

We oppose all forms of racism, antisemitism, and Islamaphobia as obstructions to the goal of justice and peace.

Our goal is to inform, educate, and mobilize the public by providing balanced and accurate information on the conflict and by calling attention to our government’s supporting role in continuing the illegal Israeli occupation.

We are affiliated with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

We have lost our good friend and fellow non-violent peace activist, Bob Brister, this past week. Bob was a quiet, gentle, and deeply passionate person who devoted his entire life to environmental conservation, civil rights, and social justice. For many years, he led efforts to reestablish the wolf populations in Utah, but he was just as active in efforts to end discriminatory practices at many different fronts.

At the time of his death, Bob was vice president of Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land (UJPHL), a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging legislators and informing the American public about our government’s central role in perpetuating Israel’s illegal apartheid system and slow ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Bob established the UJPHL Facebook page and continued to make posts up to the very end, while providing full-time care to his partner, Whitney, who was battling Alzheimer’s, and coping with his own failing health from cancer.

Bob’s unselfish nature and his dedication to UJPHL is a great reminder to us that we must never give up, lose hope, or become complacent about our efforts and the impact they may have on others. Palestinians need our support, our voice now more than ever. Our promise to you, Bob, is to reaffirm our commitment to continue to work to educate Americans about why this issue should be important to them.

We can start with reiterating these brief facts.

  1. The United States (US) gives Israel, a wealthy country with a strong economy, unconditional military aid and financial support totaling 3.8 billion US tax dollars annually: that’s more than 10 million US dollars per day, or 7 thousand US dollars per minute.
  2. Israel simultaneously and repeatedly violates International Law, controlling Palestinians at every turn by denying them equal rights and protections.
  3. The US then shields legal challenges forwarded by the United Nations and International Courts against Israel, by using their power of veto, in continued support of Israel’s apartheid practices.

The Zionist Israeli Lobby has deep roots in US politics and is largely responsible for the century-old narratives about Palestinian Arabs that are now as commonplace in the US as loaf of bread. UJPHL knows otherwise, as do many other non-governmental organizations.

We vow, Bob, to go forward with this work you have been helping us with for so long. You have shown us what persistence looks like. Farewell, good friend. You will be missed.

Posted April 17, 2021

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