Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My letter to the NYTimes RE In the Middle East, Time to Move On Editorial

Palestinian Refugees (1948-NOW) refused their right to return... and their right to live in peace free from religious bigotry and injustice.
RE In the Middle East, Time to Move On

Dear Editor,

American Jews and Christian Zionists empowering sovereign Israel's ongoing impoverishment and forced displacement of the native non-Jewish men, women and children of historic Palestine are very very bad PR for America and very very bad PR for international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

American Jews and Christian Zionists investing in Israel's illegal land grabbing settlements are very very bad PR for America, and very very bad PR for modern democracy- real democracy where race, religion or gender are never ever used as a tool to prevent a person from having full and equal rights.

Your advice that it is time to move on- to give up on ending the Israel-Palestine conflict might convince some moderates who do not have Arab relatives or roots to look elsewhere for entertainment.  Meanwhile extremists and criminals and idiotic ideologues on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict are even more free to use the Israel-Palestine conflict to generate poisonous propaganda campaigns based on half truths and manipulative misinformation aimed at raising funds and support for escalating conflict and intransigence- and violence... with endless negative ramifications worldwide.

I'd rather not give cynics, hate mongers, and religious idiots free reign and limitless funds to ruin countless lives and communities.

Empowering Israel-Palestine peace with an actual end to the Israel- Palestine conflict is not a matter of making heroes or demons and scapegoats out of the human beings stuck having to deal with the Israel-Palestine conflict and the various insanities and cruelties created by the conflict.  Empowering Israel-Palestine peace is a matter of ideas- empowering good ideas such as respect for human rights and the rule of fair and just laws and diplomatic efforts to create a better way forward for everyone's sake.  

Anne Selden Annab

That is real cultural and educational leadership and integrity. It is principled, brave, intelligent and unflinching. It deserves only support, applause and emulation...

"Today diplomacy is deadlocked, yet the nature of politics is that tomorrow that reality may change. The Holocaust was not a political conflict: the very idea of a “Nazi-Jewish peace process” is absurd. Teaching the Holocaust to Palestinians is a way to ensure they do not go down the blind alley of believing their peace process with Israel is as hopeless as one would have been between Nazis and Jews." Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust  by MOHAMMED DAJANI DAOUDI and ROBERT SATLOFF in the New York Times March 29 2014

Outreach: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) "Our Israeli and Palestinian partners in the Middle East as well as our partners in the U.S. believe as we do that a lasting peace must begin with a commitment to shared security for all."

Growing Gardens for Palestine: "And it's up to all of us together"... a Spring poem for Palestine & peace

ATFP Peace Building ... civic muscle
  • 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.

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

"The only way to honor our tragic histories is to create a future for our children free of man-made tragedy. This means making peace fully, completely and without reservation, between Israel and Palestine." ATFP's Ziad Asali: To honor a tragic history, we must work for peace

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