Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - Action Alert Archives http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives.html Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:03:06 -0600 Matrix Glitcher v.2.9 en-gb Accolades for Arena Stage's “Camp David” http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12529-accolades-for-arena-stage-s-camp-david.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12529-accolades-for-arena-stage-s-camp-david.html

Accolades for Arena Stage's “Camp David”

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There are just a little more than two weeks left to see the impressive production of “Camp David,” in Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater in southwest Washington, DC. Its last show is May 4, 2014.

For more information visit: http://www.arenastage.org or call the Arena Stage Sales Office at (202) 488-3300, Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 8 p.m., EST.

Last night Washington Report staff and friends went to see the riveting new play about 13 days of negotiations in September 1978 that led to the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Accords. “Camp David” is produced by longtime confidante of President Jimmy Carter, Gerald Rafshoon, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright.

The play, directed by Molly Smith, has just four characters: Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”) as President Jimmy Carter; Tony Award nominee Hallie Foote (Broadway’s “Dividing the Estate”) as Rosalynn Carter; Egyptian actor and activist Khaled Nabawy (“Kingdom of Heaven,” “Fair Game”) as Anwar Sadat; and Tony Award-winner Ron Rifkin (“Alias,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Menachem Begin.

Since reviews in The Washington Post or New York Times have not given the play the accolades it deserves, we were not expecting superb acting—but we were wrong. The audience sat on the edge of their seats for 90 minutes—even though we all knew how this drama ends. In fact, Palestinians were left high and dry by the Camp David Accords, but we are reminded that Sadat fought valiantly for peace between Israel and all Arabs.

We did not expect such a powerful, even-handed portrayal of both sides of this ongoing conflict, especially in Washington, DC —the city where Congress welcomes Israel’s current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with 29 standing ovations. The play is especially poignant in the wake of Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent peacemaking failures…

President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter joined Jehan Sadat, the widow of Anwar Sadat, for the play’s world premiere on April 3. This is an important play, which we hope travels to Broadway, London’s West End and theaters around the world.

It seems some reviewers may not want theatergoers to fill those seats and discover that Arabs—not just Israelis—deserve peace, justice and security on their land. (Last Thursday a disgruntled audience member pulled a fire alarm to disrupt the production.)

The Washington Report highly recommends “Camp David” to its readers and supporters—and to everyone who wants a just peace in the Middle East.

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Action Alert Archives Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:24:14 -0600
Israel Bars Palestinian Olympian From Leaving Gaza http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12528-israel-bars-palestinian-olympian-from-leaving-gaza.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12528-israel-bars-palestinian-olympian-from-leaving-gaza.html

Israel Bars Palestinian Olympian From Leaving Gaza

Front Cover May 2014

As a follow up to yesterday's action alert "Suspend Israeli Football Association: Sign petition or Contact FIFA directly" we'd like to share yesterday's AP story: Israel has barred 30 runners, including an Olympic athlete, from participating in a marathon in Bethlehem on Friday.

Write to both FIFA and the ICO to bar Israel from participating in future international games.

To send your own e-mail, log onto FIFA’s website, <http://www.fifa.com/contact/form.html, or contact:

FIFA-Strasse 20
P.O. Box 8044 
Zurich, Switzerland 8027

Phone: +41-(0)43 222 7777
Fax:     +41-(0)43 222 7878 

If you believe Israel also should be banned from the Olympics contact:

International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Chateau de Vidy
C.P. 356
1001 Lausanne 
Switzerland 1007 

Phone: +41-21-621-6111
Fax:     +41-21-621-6216

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Action Alert Archives Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:14:34 -0600
Suspend Israeli Football Association: Sign petition or Contact FIFA directly http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12527-suspend-israeli-football-association-sign-petition-or-contact-fifa-directly.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12527-suspend-israeli-football-association-sign-petition-or-contact-fifa-directly.html

Suspend Israeli Football Association: Sign petition or Contact FIFA directly

Front Cover May 2014

As described in the “Publishers’ Page” of the May 2014 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the Israeli army and security forces systematically target Palestinian football [soccer] players. Over the past five years Israel has jailed, shot or killed Palestinian football players in the West Bank and Gaza. In an occupied territory where sports provide one of the few sources of pride and fun for young people, Palestinian athletes are fair game. 

Israel not only prevents Palestinians from participating in international competitions, it even limits imports of sporting equipment. Israeli forces have arrested members of the Palestinian national football team as they tried to travel to football matches, and Israeli planes bombed the Palestine Sports Stadium in Gaza City both in 2006 and 2012.

Our readers were especially distressed to learn that on Jan. 31, Israeli soldiers, without warning, fired seven bullets into 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser Jawhar’s left foot, along with three in his right and one in his left hand. They shot his cousin, Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, once in each foot as the teenage football players headed home from the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, West Bank. They will never play football—or any other sport—again.

As our May issue went to press, nearly 8,300 people had signed a petition <http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/fifa-suspend-the-israeli-football-association-s-fifa-membership demanding that FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) suspend the Israeli Football Association (IFA) until Israel respects the human rights of all players and observes international law. Today more than 10,381 supporters have signed that petition. 

This would not be the first time a sports suspension was used to support human rights. South Africa was banned from FIFA from 1963 to 1992 and from the Olympics from 1964 to 1988. After it ended its apartheid system, it became the first African nation to hold the World Cup, in 2010.

It only takes a few seconds to add your name and pass this action alert along to your friends.

You can also contact the Federation Internationale de Football Association directly to ask it to suspend IFA until Israel respects the human rights of all players and observes international law.

To send your own e-mail, log onto FIFA’s website, <http://www.fifa.com/contact/form.html, or contact:

FIFA-Strasse 20
P.O. Box 8044 
Zurich, Switzerland 8027

Phone: +41-(0)43 222 7777
Fax:     +41-(0)43 222 7878

If you believe Israel also should be banned from the Olympics contact:

International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Chateau de Vidy
C.P. 356
1001 Lausanne 
Switzerland 1007 

Phone: +41-21-621-6111
Fax:     +41-21-621-6216

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Action Alert Archives Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:47:15 -0600
Brief National Summit Survey http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12520-brief-national-summit-survey.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12520-brief-national-summit-survey.html

Brief National Summit Survey

Dear Washington Report Action Alert Readers,

The March 7, 2014 "National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship" was a complete success. As a result of the tremendous audience response we are beginning to discuss holding a similar event in 2015. We'd like to have your feedback in order to make plans for next year. If you attended the March 7, 2014 summit as a speaker or registered guest and have already completed a survey, please don't take it again.

We hope you will take this time to complete the attached short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K9738CW

You can visit the NatSummit.org web site to check out the audio, video and transcripts. We are continuing to replace the C-Span segments with our own YouTube segments. People have asked for DVDs to share with public broadcast services and libraries. They have also asked us to compile the talks in a book.

The Summit is also covered in-depth in the May 2014 issue of the Washington Report. (If you are not already a Washington Report subscriber, you may want to pick up a magazine at your favorite newsstand or contact our circulation department by e-mail <circulation@wrmea.org> or call 1-888-881-5861 to subscribe.)

All National Summit organizers—the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), the Council for the National Interest (CNI), If Americans Knew (IAK), and Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP)—thank you for making this year's event a success. We hope to see you at the National Summit in 2015!

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Action Alert Archives Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:30:26 -0600
March in Numbers http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12519-march-in-numbers.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12519-march-in-numbers.html

March in Numbers

Egypt Execution Services cartoon“Entrenchment” is the word that best describes the Middle East in March.

In Egypt, coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “hung up” his military fatigues to announce his candidacy for president. Meanwhile, those opposed to Sisi and the coup continued to face the bloody consequences, as an Egyptian court sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers to death.

In Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his authoritarian trend by blocking access to Twitter, where his opponents had been releasing damning audio recordings that apparently revealed corruption in his inner circle. Despite the harsh reaction to this move, Erdogan’s AKP party emerged victorious in the country’s March 30 municipal elections.

In Syria, the killing continued and little progress was made on a diplomatic solution to the civil war. The flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon also continued, causing significant logistical and social problems for the fragile nation.

Israel continued to show its defiance throughout the month by advancing plans to construct settlements in the West Bank. New statistics also show that the country is killing Palestinians at an alarming rate.

Below is a summary of March in numbers:

529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death by a judge in Minya, Egypt for the death of a single police officer. This is the largest capital punishment conviction in the history of modern Egypt.

3,143 Egyptians are estimated to have been killed since the July 3 military coup, according to a new Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report. The report also noted that 18,977 Egyptians have been arrested for political reasons during the same time period.

150,000 people have died in the Syrian civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

1 million Syrians are now residing in Lebanon, increasing the country’s total population by more than 20 percent.

50 percent of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons have been removed, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-U.N. Joint Mission.

10 million Twitter users in Turkey had their access to the social media site blocked by the government after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused individuals of using the site to leak “fake” audio recordings exposing corruption in his inner circle.

1,009 Iraqi civilians were killed by violence, according to Iraq Body Count.

4 drone strikes were carried out by the U.S. in Yemen, killing an estimated 9 people.

10 two-seat crop dusting propeller planes armed with laser-guided missiles may be provided to the Yemeni government by the U.S., according to a leaked Central Command memorandum. The initiative would allow Yemeni pilots to continue the ongoing drone war with less overt U.S. involvement.

1 member of the House of Representatives—Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)—voted against the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. 410 representatives supported the legislation, which allows for Israelis to travel to the U.S. without visas and calls for Israel to receive advanced military equipment.

2,269 new homes will be built on Palestinian land in the West Bank, after a Defense Ministry committee decided to push forward the project even though it threatens peace talks.

19 Palestinians have been killed by the IDF this year, according to B’Tselem. This means one Palestinian is killed every 4.2 days.

For the 66th time, the IDF destroyed the Bedouin village of al-Araqib. Israel considers ancestral Bedouin villages in the Negev to be illegal.

2 percent of Israeli prime time news stories are about the country’s Arab population, even though Arabs make up 20 percent of the country’s population, according to the I’lam Media Research Center.

3 countries—Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain—withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar due to deepening differences over regional policy.

77-year-old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention to run for a fourth consecutive term. The election will be held on April 17.

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Action Alert Archives Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:04:55 -0600
Release of Spy Jonathan Pollard Should Be a Deal-Breaker http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12518-release-of-spy-jonathan-pollard-should-be-a-deal-breaker.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12518-release-of-spy-jonathan-pollard-should-be-a-deal-breaker.html

Release of Spy Jonathan Pollard Should Be a Deal-Breaker

This is a follow-up to our March 27 action alert, “U.S. Must Not Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard.”

Today’s New York Times reports that Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have hammered out details of a deal to extend Israeli-Palestinian negotiations through 2015 in exchange for the release of Jonathan J. Pollard, the American serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. The agreement is awaiting approval from the White House regarding Pollard, as well as from President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.

According to today’s edition of the Jewish daily Forward, Pollard, who is eligible for parole next year, would be released before the Jewish Passover holiday, which this year begins on April 14.

Pollard spied for money, reported the Christian Science Monitor in 1986. Israel promised him that after 10 years of spying in the United States he would move to Israel and live under a new identity as “Danny Cohen.” In addition, a foreign bank account was set up with the understanding that $30,000 would be deposited in the account each year during Pollard’s anticipated 10 years as a spy for Israel. Until 1998, Israel denied that it had bought classified information from Pollard. As a reward for his espionage, Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.

A key official at the time of Pollard’s arrest, former FBI and Navy lawyer M.E. “Spike” Bowman, weighed in against his release at the recent “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.–Israel Special Relationship.” Hard copies of the documents Pollard stole in 18 months could “fill a room that is six feet by six feet by ten….No other spy in the history of the United States stole so many secrets, so highly classified, in such a short period of time,” Bowman stated.

For more important details about the damage Pollard caused to the United States, please read an editorial written by the Washington Report’s co-founder, Richard H. Curtiss, called “Pollard and Beyond” published in 1986.

Curtiss wrote, “A former chief of internal security for the Department of Justice has described Israel’s intelligence activities in the U.S. as second in size only to those of the Soviet Union…. only Israel launches large-scale secret stealing on the scale of Soviet Bloc, Communist China and Asian Communist countries in the U.S.” Curtiss also addressed “Israel’s claim that it only spied in the U.S. to obtain information about the Arabs. In 1979 the CIA reported that Israel uses American spies to secure U.S. political and scientific secrets as well as information on the Arabs.”

Concluded Curtiss: “The information Israel seeks, in the wrong hands, is harmful to the United States. That’s why it’s classified. American Mideast experts know that the most important goal of Israeli diplomacy is to undermine relations between the U.S. and Arab moderates…"

If you don’t think Pollard should be released early or pardoned, please write or telephone:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1414
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461
Contact President Obama:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Secretary of State John Kerry
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
State Department Public Information Line:
(202) 647-6575


The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, P.O. Box 53062, Washington DC 20009. Phone: (202) 939-6050, Fax: (202) 265-4574, Toll Free: (800) 368-5788, www.wrmea.org. To donate or subscribe to the Washington Report, please visit our Web site or call 888-881-5861 or e-mail circulation@wrmea.org. The Washington Report is published by the American Educational Trust, a non-profit foundation incorporated in Washington, DC to provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states. Material from the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs may be printed without charge with attribution to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

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Action Alert Archives Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:48:22 -0600
The Absurdity of the Christie “Occupied Territories” Scandal http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12494-the-absurdity-of-the-christie-occupied-territories-scandal.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12494-the-absurdity-of-the-christie-occupied-territories-scandal.html

The Absurdity of the Christie “Occupied Territories” Scandal

What does it say about the role of Israel in U.S. politics that a prospective presidential candidate cannot refer to Israeli-controlled Palestinian land as occupied territory?

Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday, March 29, in Las Vegas, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie correctly alluded to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. This, however, did not play well with his Zionist audience. According to the Washington Post, Christie “drew murmurs from some in the audience when he referred to a helicopter ride he took over the ‘occupied territories.’”

More importantly, Christie’s remarks unsettled Zionist billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent the weekend vetting the governor and other prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates. After his remarks, Christie reportedly apologized to Adelson and worked to quickly diffuse the “controversy” by clarifying his statement. According to Politico, Christie “conveyed that he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel, and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of the misstatement.”

Misstatement? Those who follow the Israel-Palestine conflict closely—or even from a distance—know that Israel is indeed occupying Palestinian land. This is an indisputable fact. One only needs to consult a dictionary for confirmation. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory; Cairo is the capital of Egypt; gravity exists; Israel is occupying Palestine. These are facts no one—save fanatical Zionists and the American political establishment—would question.

And question it they did. Former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday that Christie’s remark is “the sort of thing that shows he’s not on top of his game like you need to be when you’re a presidential candidate.” Instead of pointing out the absurdity of Burton’s statement, Crowley validated his point, saying, “They’re [presidential candidates] all going to make really stupid mistakes, which that was one.” Just like that, the self-described “most trusted name in news” assured viewers that there is no Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Which begs the question, if there is no occupation, what is the status of Palestine? If Christie were to suggest it is a country, Adelson, his fellow Zionists and CNN would have likely bombarded him with criticism. Indeed, in 2011, the U.S. demonstrated its objection to Palestinian statehood by cutting off funding to UNESCO because the agency recognized Palestine as a member state.

Ardent Zionists would argue that Palestine is neither occupied nor a state, but “disputed territories.” Such a description, of course, is absurd. Palestinians living within the “disputed territories” are subject to Israeli military law, have their movements restricted, limitations placed on what foods and materials they can import and have their lands confiscated by the Israeli government. This is no mere docile historic “dispute.” This is the subjugation and occupation of a people and their lands.

This examination of the reality in Palestine reveals the irony of the Christie “mini-scandal.” The presidential hopeful was not spewing anti-Israel rhetoric; he was actually being quite docile. Imagine if Christie had (more accurately) referred to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine or accused the country of practicing apartheid? Such remarks would have created a political controversy a hundred times more damaging than his ongoing “bridgegate” scandal.

This weekend’s embarrassing spectacle is, of course, unsurprising. While the international community is actively searching for ways to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the American media and lawmakers are unwilling to acknowledge that an occupation even exists. The mere suggestion that Israel is doing something even remotely wrong receives bipartisan ridicule and scorn. With such shocking bias oozing out of this country, one should not be surprised that the U.S.-led “peace process” has failed time and time again.

For those advocating for a more reasoned U.S. approach toward Israel, the reaction to Christie’s remarks is a reminder that there is still much work to be done. While polls and other data and anecdotes suggest that the American people are beginning to slowly see the light on this important issue, ignorance still prevails from coast to coast.

Those of us in the know must tell the news media and our elected officials that they can no longer hide the facts of Israeli’s occupation of Palestine. That’s right: occupation.

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Action Alert Archives Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:09:28 -0600
U.S. Must Not Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12488-u-s-must-not-release-convicted-spy-jonathan-pollard.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12488-u-s-must-not-release-convicted-spy-jonathan-pollard.html

U.S. Must Not Release Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan PollardAccording to Israeli news reports, the U.S. is considering the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in an effort to give life to Secretary of State John Kerry’s lackluster peace initiative. “Pollard’s early release could sweeten [Israel’s release of Palestinian prisoners]—a bitter political issue for Netanyahu—by mollifying hard-line members of his political coalition,” the Washington Post has speculated.

While the State Department has denied these reports, it is important they be reminded of the severity of Pollard’s crime.

In 1987, Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, was found guilty of delivering suitcases full of military intelligence to Israel, including satellite photos and information on Soviet-built Arab military systems.

As Allan Brownfeld noted in the September 1998 issue of the Washington Report:

“Joseph di Genova, the prosecutor who handled the Pollard case, said that the damage he did to U.S. security was ‘beyond calculation.’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Leeper declared, ‘The defendant has admitted that he sold Israel a volume of classified materials 10 feet by 6 feet by 6 feet.’ Leeper said Pollard provided Israel with thousands of pages, including secret information on the location of American ships and training exercises.

“In an affidavit, [Defense Secretary Caspar Secretary] Weinberger said: ‘It is difficult for me, even in the so-called year of the spy, to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by the defendant in view of the breadth, the critical importance to the U.S. and the high sensitivity of the information he sold to Israel.’” [Click here to read Brownfeld’s entire article].

At the March 7 “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship,” M.E. “Spike” Bowman, former deputy national counterintelligence executive, noted that Pollard was motivated by greed—not a love for Israel—making him a threat to national security if he were to be released.

“He wanted to make a lot of money,” Bowman recalled. “He didn’t start out to give information to the Israelis, he started out trying to sell anything he could, including classified information. He approached the Pakistanis, he approached the South Africans, he approached the Australians. He turned over classified information to a South African attaché just as a show of good faith.” [Visit http://www.natsummit.org/program.htm to watch, listen to or read Bowman’s remarks.] 

Israel must not be allowed to tie Jonathan Pollard’s release to the peace process. John Kerry must definitively inform Prime Minister Netanyahu that Pollard’s just punishment is not up for negotiation.

Tell the State Department how you feel by calling 202-647-6575 or sending a letter to

Secretary of State John Kerry
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520

For more information, visit Middleeastbooks.com to order: Capturing Jonathan Pollard by Ronald J. Olive.

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Action Alert Archives Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:17:59 -0600
Please Support Mazen & Jamal Afifi Playground for the Children of Nahr el-Bared http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12484-please-support-mazen-jamal-afifi-playground-for-the-children-of-nahr-el-bared.html http://www.wrmea.org/action-alert-archives/12484-please-support-mazen-jamal-afifi-playground-for-the-children-of-nahr-el-bared.html

Jamaal

 

Please Support Mazen & Jamal Afifi Playground for the Children of Nahr el-Bared

Washington Report readers may remember the September 2013 article "Making a Difference" about the Mazen Afifi Park for the children of Nahr El Bared refugee camp in Lebanon, built and maintained by Mary Lou Dunford Afifi in memory of her husband. Click here to read article.


Ms. Afifi ended her interview with the words, “I’m a lucky person and I’m grateful for everything I have. I was married to a great guy for 32 years. I have a son with a heart of gold, I had a successful career and I am in a position to give back. I like knowing that Mazen and I have made a difference.”

Tragedy has struck once again. Mary Lou Afifi's son, Jamal, died shortly before his 28th birthday.

"I thank you all for your words of condolence and outpouring of love. The playground allows us to continue to bring a bit of happiness to the lives of children who might never experience it otherwise."

Blue HeartPlease support Mazen & Jamal Afifi Playground for the Children of Nahr el-Bared. You can contribute with a donation, or by sharing this page with friends.

https://fundly.com/mazen-jamal-afifi-park-for-the-children-of-nahr-el-bared

Jamal's not finished.........

Please support Mazen & Jamal Afifi Playground for the Children of Nahr el-Bared. You can contribute with a donation or share this page with friends.

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Action Alert Archives Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:04:00 -0600
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ACTION ALERT

March 9, 2014
 

National Summit a Resounding Success

The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship,” held on March 7, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, was a stunning achievement. Knowledgeable experts at this nonpartisan symposium examined the impact of U.S. financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel. At least 350 attendees gathered from all over the country (and as far away as Japan). The Press Club had to set up extra chairs to accommodate an overflow audience, which exceeded all expectations.

We’ve heard from readers around the country who watched the entire event on C-Span. And then repeated it throughout the evening. If you missed it, please visit http://natsummit.org/ for a link to watch C-Span’s broadcast.

Soon we will post our own film, complete with visuals C-Span couldn’t capture, and we’ll also post transcripts.

Almost as important as the groundbreaking event itself was our realization that writers, historians, speakers and activists—so often shut out by corporate media—can work together to get our messages to fellow Americans.

Stay tuned…This summit, organized by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Council for the National Interest and If Americans Knew, may be the beginning of the end of the “special relationship” that has caused Americans so much grief in recent decades.

Panel 1.0 How does the Israel lobby influence Congress? 
Paul Findley, Janet McMahon,Cynthia McKinney,Delinda Hanley.
 
Panel 2.0 Does Israel and its lobby exercise too much influence on U.S. decisions to wage war in the Middle East?
Stephen Sniegoski, Karen Kwiatkowski, Gareth Porter, Brigadier General (Ret) James David
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4486494/20-israel-lobby-exercise-much-influence-us-decisions-wage-war-middle-east
 
Panel 3.0 Does the "special relationship" transcend rule of law? 
Grant Smith, Ernie Gallo, Mark Perry, Spike Bowman.
 
Panel 4.0 How did the "special relationship" come to be?
Stephen Walt, Geoffrey Wawro, John Quigley, and Alison Weir.
 
Panel 5.0 Has Israel lobby captured political parties & news media?
 
Panel 6.0: Is Israel Really a U.S. Ally?
Paul Pillar, Ray McGovern and Philip Giraldi - National Summit
 

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