Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My letter to the Guardian regarding Israeli cargo ship heads toward LA after Oakland protest blocks unloading & Pro-Palestine protesters again thwart Israeli cargo ship in Oakland

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RE Israeli cargo ship heads toward LA after Oakland protest blocks unloading & Pro-Palestine protesters again thwart Israeli cargo ship in Oakland

Dear Editor,

We seriously cripple Palestine and Palestinians when we use the word "pro-Palestine" interchangeably with "anti-Israel". Look at the big picture: Pro-Israel is more than sixty sovereign years of Israeli diplomacy and hasbara and state building efforts aimed at providing jobs and security to Israeli citizens.

Many of the most articulate anti-Israel activists are Jewish individuals fixated on and enraged by Israel. Anti-Israel activists tend to promote a one state agenda alongside Boycott Israel efforts, convincing their friends and associates to scorn negotiations and Palestinian state building efforts. They should be free to do that, but in doing that they most certainly should not be called pro-Palestine. 

Pro-Palestine is about Palestine, not Israel. Effective and helpful and fully honest pro-Palestine advocacy empowers Palestinians as fully accountable state building citizens, engaged in a modern global world and a crucially important conversation concerning negotiations to end the Israel-Palestine conflict with a just and lasting peace based on international law and full respect for universal human rights. 

The words we choose to use to understand and define the conflict have the power to either exasperate or end the conflict.  For instance, Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine wisely points out in a recent op-ed Non-violent resistance is Palestine’s most powerful weapon that "Palestinians must redefine martyrdom".  Ibish mentions the fact that "The [Israeli] occupation is a system of discipline and control over a subjugated people by a powerful foreign army. Worse, one of the main tasks of those occupying troops is to facilitate and protect the settlement project, which basically means taking land from its [Palestinian] owners and illegally giving it to [Israeli] colonists." Ibish knows the facts, understands the very real plight of the Palestinians, but Ibish does not get distracted and he does not go galloping off into an anti-Israel rant. He keeps calm and he keeps our focus on empowering Palestinians with realistic options and good advice.

Anne Selden Annab


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ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians - See more at:
ATFP Calls for De-Escalation between Israel and the Palestinians

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Emanating from the conviction of the Arab countries that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties, the council:

1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.
2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:
I- Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the June 4, 1967 lines as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.
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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