Sunday, November 2, 2014

True Democracy ~ Sample Letter to Send!

Open letter to Congress and The White House:

               International Law obliges Israel “. . . to ensure the welfare and safety of the Palestinian civilian population  . . .” (1) However, Israel continues to ignore its obligations, while the world and the citizens of the US become increasingly aware and critical of Israel’s brutality.
                Orwa Hamad, a minor American Citizen of Palestinian descent, was recently shot by the IDF; who then prevented him from receiving medical aid, guarding his body until he was dead. The world is very aware of this, because it was recorded and the video is making the rounds of social media. (2)
                I recently viewed another video, where you were asked about your inaction on Israel’s brutality.  You responded with a memorized script from AIPAC, emphasizing our special relationship with Israel. I am left wondering what that special relationship is: One rogue state to another? Two thugs on the same team? The central players in a gang profiting from the disenfranchisement of Palestinian people?
              Orwa Hamad is not an isolated case. “Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist was killed in 2003 in Gaza when she was run over and crushed by an Israeli bulldozer. In 2010, Furkan Dogan, an American of Turkish descent was killed aboard the freedom flotilla headed for Gaza. Tristan Anderson, an American activist from California suffered permanent brain damage after being shot in the forehead with a tear gas canister, in 2009 . . . More recent was the brutal beating and arrest of Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Abukhdeir, in July 2014.”  (3)
       One would think that all of this would have a more profound effect on our special relationship with Israel. In fact, public opinion in the US is changing drastically. According to a survey by the ‘Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy,’ “Most Americans (60.7 percent) believe the United States gives "much too much" or "too much" foreign aid to Israel . . .” (4)
       It’s time to let true democracy reign in the US and in Palestine and Israel as well. A democracy where there is Freedom and Equality and Justice for all. A democracy--not based on AIPAC’s money, and not on racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, subjugation, and disregard for international law—but a true democracy. Of the people, by the people, for the people. All of us. Including Palestinians. 

(1) UN Human Rights Council, Twenty-first special session, 23 July 2014, Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council S-21/1; Ensuring respect for international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem:

(2) Video tape of Orwa Hamad dying from an IDF gunshot wound, while they ensure he receives no medical care:

(3) American Youth Murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces:


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