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Amnesty International's Passover Plea

This Passover holiday, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is calling upon Jewish people across the country to give hope to those who remain in captivity because of who they are or what they believe. By sending simple notes, Jews can encourage those in need as they reflect upon their slavery and emancipation this Passover, which begins at sundown on April 19.

"The Seder, with its emphasis on oppression and freedom, can be a fitting place to address current human rights violations," said Dr. William F. Shulz, Executive Director of AIUSA. "Participants can connect the experience of 3,300 years ago with today's world and understand the Passover story in a modern way. And those of other faiths are more than welcome to join in this effort on behalf of victims of human rights abuses."

The Passover Action, originally conceived by AIUSA member Lyn Dobrin, was enacted as a pilot project on Long Island last year with several families and congregations participating. Dita Sari of Indonesia, a subject of last year's Passover action, was released from prison shortly thereafter. This year, AIUSA is expanding its outreach by contacting Jewish leaders and congregations nationwide to take action.

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