Friday, January 2, 2015

My letter to the NYTimes RE The Palestinians’ Desperation Move

Found on ETSY via google image search for MLK: Handmade by a history buff, a wonderful collage saluting Martin Luther King Jr features a picture of King at the Lincoln memorial after giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Highlighting the College is the First Day Cover of the stamp issued in his honor.
RE: The Palestinians’ Desperation Move

Dear Editor,

It is tragic that the Israel-Palestine conflict continues.  Compassionate realism is more relevant than optimism or pessimism... The conflict might not end, and what comes next could be much much worse than what has already been, which is bad enough.

What was true in 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was carefully constructed remains true today: "Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world..."

Negotiations are not only between Abbas and Netanyahu- negotiations are in every conversation worldwide, every dialogue and every editorial, op-ed, interview, photo, tweet, textbook and poem (...etc...) and every investment pertaining to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Bashing Abbas and Palestinian efforts to build support for Palestinian statehood while ignoring Israel's continuing violations of international law (and the Palestinians' basic human rights) only adds into the escalating rage and insults, intransigence, misunderstandings, misinformation, angst and very real suffering and loss created by the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Modern man made Israel is not what it was in ancient history, and a fully sovereign and free Palestine won't be either. These two loaded names need to make peace, a just and lasting fully secular two state peace based on modern laws that promote real freedom, justice, and equality- paving the way for a golden rule based approach to actually ending the Israel-Palestine conflict once and for all... for everyone's sake.

Anne Selden Annab

During World War II, the Allies adopted the Four Freedomsfreedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims.... The United Nations Charter "reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person" and committed all member states to promote "universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion".

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