Despite the atrocities committed by the Sudanese government over the last five years, China continues to serve as Khartoum's most significant political, military, and economic ally. China has repeatedly used its veto power as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to prevent the passage of strong measures against the Sudanese government. While China did support a 2007 Security Council resolution calling for the deployment of a hybrid U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force to Darfur, Beijing weakened that resolution before it was passed. China also doubled its trade with Sudan in 2007 and continues to supply Khartoum with weapons used to perpetrate atrocities against innocent Darfuris.
On each table you will find a petition calling on the Chinese special envoy to Darfur to insist that his government use its power to pressure the Sudanese leadership to change its behavior. The Khartoum regime will continue to oppress the people of Darfur as long as it knows that world powers will not compel it to do otherwise. Please read and sign the petition at your table.
After signing the petition, we fill our cups, recite a blessing, and drink the third cup of wine.
Blessed are You Eternal One, Sovereign of the world, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-olam, Borei p'ri ha-gafen.
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