Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My letter to CSM RE "How wrangle over Jerusalem is at the core of a US Supreme Court showdown"

RE: How wrangle over Jerusalem is at the core of a US Supreme Court showdown

Dear Editor,

Regarding law suits and lobby efforts by misguided American Jews who want Jerusalem to be listed as Israeli on their children's American passports: For decades Palestinians have been enduring the daily trauma and anxiety of losing their homes and livelihoods in Israeli-controlled East Jerusalem as Jews-preferred Israel does all it can to evict the native non-Jewish population of the Holy Land... Our Congress should not be empowering Israel's bigotry and apartheid policies.

Israeli obligations under international law

  • Immediately cease demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes, schools and infrastructure, which cause displacement and dispossession, until Palestinians have access to a fair and nondiscriminatory planning system. This should include community participation in all levels of the planning process.
  • Families that have been forcibly displaced must be allowed to return to their homes in safety and dignity, and be given compensation for any harm they have suffered, including the destruction of land, homes and property.
Anne Selden Annab

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