Saturday, August 1, 2015

My letter to CSM RE Arson attack in West Bank deepens tensions over Jewish settlements

A man shows a picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha who died when his family house was set on fire by Jewish settlers ... Lion's share of attention
RE : Terrorism & Security Arson attack in West Bank deepens tensions over Jewish settlements (+video)

Dear Editor,

It is hard to know how best to respond to more heart breaking news regarding the horrific suffering of Palestinian children as Israel's illegal occupation grinds on and on, day after day year after year.

Insiders who are aware of the very real plight of the Palestinians know that time and time again context gets lost as basic facts are ignored.  FYI 28,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967.

FYI Israel currently has 261 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on confiscated Palestinian land.... oh and 2,061 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.... furthermore 5,750 Palestinian men, women and children are currently imprisoned by Israel (164 are children (17 under 16.) 

Price tag?  Calculate the sum of the big picture as Jews-preferred Israel, generously subsidized by both private and public funds, continues to harshly persecute, impoverish and displace the native non-Jewish population of the Holy Land. 

Calculate the cost, and the cruel ramifications of the Israel/Palestine conflict as Palestinian refugees continue to be denied their inalienable natural, legal and moral right to return to original homes and lands.

Anne Selden Annab

My letter to the NYTimes RE Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler

 Ali Saad Dawabshe
RE Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler

Dear Editor,

Many of the Israeli settlers currently usurping Palestinian land, rights and life are economic opportunists, some are religious zealots. All play a part in making a bad situation much much worse.

Israel's sovereign investments in the ongoing impoverishment, persecution and displacement of the native non-Jewish population of the Holy Land generates both motives and opportunities for extremism on all sides to flourish.

Globally both private funds and public money are being funneled into empowering Israel's Jews-preferred policies, actively sabotaging respect for universal basic human rights and the rule of fair and just laws.

A Palestinian family and home targeted for destruction by an Israeli- and an 18 month old Palestinian baby burned alive. This is not an isolated incident, connect the dots: "Since 1967 and the beginning of the Occupation, the Israeli government has demolished over 28,000 houses belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem." "Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children."

How much more cruel must the Israel/Palestine conflict get before America's media, and our politicians and religious leaders, are more honest about Israel and the part money and bigotry have been playing in perpetuating the very real plight and suffering of the Palestinians?

Anne Selden Annab