Last Thursday, South African police forces opened fire on miners who were on strike protesting their wages. At least 34 have been declared dead at the hands of law enforcement. Although the circumstances surrounding the escalation of the conflict remain unclear, President Zuma has declared this a week of national mourning. Rabbi David Saperstein, along Rabbi Eric Yoffie (President Emeritus of the URJ), Al Vorspan (Senior Vice-President Emeritus of the URJ), Rabbi Israel S. Dresner (Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Anshe Amunim) and other former anti-apartheid activists, joined together in solidarity to send the following letter to President Zuma urging an immediate end to violence, calling upon all sides to cease and desist form provocative actions that may result in violence, and supporting the right to organize and petition the government peacefully.
Read the entire letter below: