Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My letter to the NYTimes RE Palestine’s ‘Nuclear Option’ by Ali Jarbawi & The Community of Expulsion For Israel, a Time of Self-Scrutiny by Roger Cohen

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier - [1]
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) guarantees freedom of religion, as long as religious activities do not infringe on public order in ways detrimental to society. Includes "Eye of providence" symbol (eye in triangle)
RE: Palestine’s ‘Nuclear Option’ by The Community of Expulsion For Israel, a Time of Self-Scrutiny by

Dear Editor,

Comparing two op-eds that might have been positioned as contrast (not balance), I thought Roger Cohen's op-ed "The Community of Expulsion For Israel, a Time of Self-Scrutiny" was compelling and beautiful- a sign of hope for Israel.  I thought "Palestine’s ‘Nuclear Option’" (and Abbas's most recent U.N. speech which Jarbawi praises as "one of his best ") was not so good. 

Cohen is focused on character building and affirming the belief that Israel can be better than it has been.  Jarbawi is... well, he is obviously not interested in winning over an American audience- or in calling for Palestinians to support state building efforts and diplomacy.  He is more bothered by "the global preoccupation with confronting the Islamic State, which has reached the level of obsession" than by the massive damage that ISIL (Islamic State/Da'esh) is inflicting on the region as they murder any one who does not agree with them, as well as kidnap women and girls- young girls- to use as sex slaves

Jarbawi concludes his grumbling diatribe/righteous indignation by offering up horrible advice for his audience: "As it stands, the Authority performs a role that comforts Israel. Israel gets the Authority to keep it safe through “security cooperation,” while Israelis are absolved of responsibility for their occupation while avoiding its costs. Indeed, until Mr. Abbas takes a tangible step toward dissolving the Authority, the international community, especially Israel and America, will not take him seriously, and his demands will remain nothing but complaints."

Further disenfranchising Palestinians by voluntarily erasing the Palestinian Authority and rejecting security cooperation with Israel is a risky game that is most likely going to make the very real plight of the Palestinians much much worse...  Instead of asking Palestinians to give up, why not start demanding that HAMAS step down for Palestine's sake- dissolve the tyrannical grip Islamists have on Palestine, and actually convince Israel and America to take a fully secular two state peace seriously. 

Anne Selden Annab

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"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?

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