Thursday, November 28, 2013

My letter to the Guardian RE Australia is right to challenge the UN’s anti-Israel bias

The Land and Love by Palestinian artist Ismail Shammout (1930-2006)
RE: Australia is right to challenge the UN’s anti-Israel bias

Dear Editor,

"Australia is right to challenge the UN’s anti-Israel bias" brings up some interesting points, but it offers no insight on how to help end the Israel-Palestine conflict with all its many negative ramifications. I think ending the conflict should be a priority- for everyone's sake.

Seems to me diplomats at the UN are responding to the very real plight of the Palestinians and the dire need for a just and lasting peace.... but diplomatic efforts worldwide are being stymied and sabotaged by free lancing Israel obsessed activists actively generating hate campaigns and rage and despair and violence and chaos and cruelty. 

Some of the most articulate free lancing Israel obsessed activists claim to be pro-Palestine, some claim to be pro-Israel.  Many are bullies and bigots and hate mongers only making matters worse. 

However there are many good and decent people worldwide (including many Israelis and many Palestinians) who refuse to give into the hate.... and who refuse to give up on Palestine. 

Let 2014 be the year of and for Palestine, and a final chapter in the nefarious Israel-Palestine conflict that has tortured and displaced and destroyed countless people in many different ways: End the Israel-Palestine conflict with two fully sovereign, fully secular states- one called Israel and one called Palestine living side by side in peace and security. 

A just and lasting peace in and for Israel and Palestine, based on full respect for international law and universal basic human rights would set a good example, empowering Golden Rule thinking, The Arab Peace Initiative and a much more civilized, inclusive and compassionate conversation everywhere.

Anne Selden Annab

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1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.
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II- Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194.
III- The acceptance of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
3. Consequently, the Arab countries affirm the following:
I- Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.

II- Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.

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