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Monday, March 26, 2012

My letter to the NYTimes Sunday Review 3-25-2012 RE: Thomas L. Friedman "A Festival of Lies"

RE: A Festival of Lies
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/opinion/sunday/friedman-a-festival-of-lies.html

Dear Editor,

At least Thomas L Friedman mentioned Israel in his "Festival of Lies" column decrying policy failures through out the Middle East, but he did not go far enough: Israel's own rampant tribalism firmly rooted in bolstering its supposed Jewishness by demonizing, displacing, and destroying the native non-Jewish Palestinians (plus Israel's strong economy while doing exactly that) is not exactly a cautionary tale for anyone.

A fully secular two state solution to once and for all end the Israel-Palestine conflict with all its many negative ramifications would go a long long way towards shifting the entire region away from religious tyranny and sectarian savagery.

Sincerely,
Anne Selden Annab

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

The Arab Peace Initiative requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well

"This [Israeli] occupation humiliates us, destroys our economy, causes demographic changes and deprives millions of the freedom of movement and their right to decent lives, in addition to the confiscation of land... These are the main ways Christians are persecuted in Palestine." Faysal Hijazeen

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

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