Friday, August 7, 2015

My letter to the NYTimes RE Naftali Bennett on Israel's Jewish Terrorists

ATFP news link

Obama: Palestinians deserve end to indignity of occupation

Talking to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, President Obama said that he would never give up hope for "peace between Israelis and Palestinians."... "Palestinians deserve an end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it. That's why we've worked so hard over the years for a two-state solution and to develop innovative ways to address Israel's security and Palestinian sovereignty needs"
RE: Naftali Bennett on Israel's Jewish Terrorists

Dear Editor,

Believing in the "legitimacy of the settlements in the West Bank" Israel's Bennett does not want a Palestinian state, but he also does not want to give Palestinians full and equal rights: Hiding in plain sight is the fact that Israelis want the land, but not the native non-Jewish population of that land...  Hiding in plain sight is the fact that institutionalized bigotry and injustice shape Israeli policy towards Palestinians, enabling Israel's sovereign violations of international law and the Palestinians' basic human rights to continue on at a rapid pace. 

Knowing how horrifying the headlines are as yet another Palestinian home is attacked and a Palestinian baby is burned alive by an Israeli, Israeli leadership is in overdrive to make excuses and distance themselves from responsibility for this situation.   Bennett's sweet talk in the New York Times about creating economic prosperity for Palestinians (with no mention of the fact Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are cruelly trapped and caged and constantly impoverished by Israeli checkpoints and walls) buys more time for more Israelis to usurp more Palestinian land, rights and life.

Religious extremism on both sides makes a bad situation even worse. Ending the Israel-Palestine conflict with a fully secular two state solution that includes full respect for UN Resolution 194 from 1948 regarding the Palestinian refugees' inalienable right to return to original homes and lands, is the only way to create true equality and peace and "a safe, secure future for all of our children, Israeli and Palestinian, without regard for their religion or sexual orientation."

America was able to acknowledge and dismantle the cruelty of Jim Crow mentality which convinced numerous 'law abiding' white citizens to feel good about being horrible to blacks - Israel can too.

Never forget the universal truth that: "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."

Anne Selden Annab

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