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Saturday, May 21, 2011

My letters 5-21-2011 regarding Obama & Israel


RE: Editorial Board Opinion The blowup with Israel
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-blowup-with-israel/2011/05/20/AFwl827G_story.html

Dear Editor,

What matters most is creating a just and lasting peace with a two state solution to once and for all end the Israel/Palestine conflict as soon as possible- for everyone's sake.

Does your own editorial help that process, or does it hinder efforts to understand important priorities... Obama did not fail- Israel failed to respect good advice.

Sincerely,
Anne Selden Annab


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RE: Obama Draws the Line By Roger Cohen
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/opinion/21iht-edcohen21.html?ref=opinion

Dear Editor,

Yes long term, it really is totally indefensible for Israel to be colonizing another people... it is also totally indefensible to be pushing the native non-Jewish men, women and children of historic Palestine into forced exile:
Thousands of Palestinians who left the West Bank to work or study between 1967 and 1994 had residency rights revoked by Israel

A two state solution will only work if it is based on full respect for international law and universal basic human rights, including but not limited to full respect for the Palestinian refugees very real right to return to original homes and lands. Many Israelis have dual citizenship, enjoying full rights and freedoms and security both in their original country of birth as well as in Israel, whereas most Palestinians have no real rights or security anywhere. Palestinians need full and equal rights too, they need the security of a sovereign state as well as the option of dual citizenship where ever they might chose to live and invest their time and talents.

Sincerely,
Anne Selden Annab


"The ultimate goal of a two-state solution, however, must be not only two states for two peoples but also two states that will each embody an expression of their respective people’s national and historical narratives, two stories that will coexist without one needing to negate the other." Hussein Ibish: Two Narratives for Two Peoples

The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Growing Gardens for Palestine

Annie's New Letters (& notes)

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." Eleanor Roosevelt

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