Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My letter to IHT/NYTimes RE One-State Dream, One-State Nightmare By Roger Cohen

I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.    August 28, 1963
RE One-State Dream, One-State Nightmare

Dear Editor,

Martin Luther King Jr decrying segregation spoke about a more real democracy here in America on August 28, 1963 in his inspiring I Have A Dream Speech: "Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation... Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."

The United Nations was founded in 1945 after World War II to empower dialogue and diplomacy- and to stop wars between countries. A mere two years later, in 1948, Israel as "The Jewish State" was an idea endorsed by the United Nations after the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust... Israel's actions since then have proven that the actuality of 'The Jewish State" has been an increasingly cruel situation for the native non-Jewish people of historic Palestine.

Bad choices have been made, and bad choices continue to be made as "The Jewish State" is more of a Jews-Preferred State that invests in institutionalized bigotry, injustice, obfuscation and dangerous propaganda rather than real respect for universal basic human rights- and real democracy.

A fully secular two state solution to once and for all end the Israel-Palestine conflict is  the best way forward. 
America survived the end of slavery- Israel can and will survive the end of its own institutionalized bigotry.

Anne Selden Annab


On Our Doorstep... a poem

Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf is revered by fans in the Middle East but his main aim now is to help establish the rights of fellow Palestinians

A captivating animated "translation" of Mahmoud Darwish's poem "لاعب النرد - قصيدة متحركة (The Dice Player)"

Semitic Semantics for Palestine... a poem

Kerry: "The only announcement you will hear about meetings it's the one that I just made, and I will be the only one by agreement authorized to comment publicly on the talks in consultation obviously with the parties... That means that no one should consider any reports, articles or even rumors reliable unless they come directly from me and I guarantee you they won't."

Live by the Golden Rule
Words to Honor: The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1.
    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

"In 1949, the international community accepted Israel's UN membership upon two conditions: That they respect resolutions 181 (two states) and 194 (refugee rights). Neither has been honored. In fact, 65 years later, Israel has not even acknowledged what it did in 1948." Saeb Erekat

Jordan's King Abdullah II explains that extremism has "grown fat" off of the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"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

".... it being clearly understood that nothing
          shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious
          rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine....

The Office of International Religious Freedom (   Given the U.S. commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable right of every human being, the United States seeks to:
Promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries

Palestinian Refugees(1948-NOW) refused their right to return... and their right to live in peace free from religious bigotry and injustice.

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

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