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Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, May 2012, Page 7

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Israel Releases Hunger Striker.

This issue's cover features Hana Shalabi, 30, who was freed by Israel on April 1 after spending more than 40 days on a hunger strike to protest her second detention without charge or trial. Instead of permitting her to return to her home in Jenin, however, Israeli authorities exiled Shalabi to Gaza. On April 17 Khader Adnan, 33, who ended a 66-day fast in February in exchange for a reduced term, is scheduled to be released from an Israeli prison. It's clear that Israel has struck these deals because…

It Fears Worldwide Condemnation…

And Palestinian unrest if the hunger strikers die. Other Palestinian prisoners have embarked on hunger strikes to protest "administrative detention," the controversial Israeli military court practice used against thousands of Palestinians that allows imprisonment based on secret information, and under which sentences can be renewed indefinitely.

Remember All Children.

Speaking at a conference in Brussels on Palestinian refugees, hours after the shocking March 19 killing of three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, spoke of remembering "young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances." The world mourns the deaths of children in Norway a year ago, as well as the nine Afghan children massacred by a U.S. soldier on March 11. We're saddened by the senseless deaths of all the children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Gaza, the West Bank and Israel—and the shooting death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

Lives Cut Much Too Short.

We grieve for the Bashir family of Deir al- Balah, Gaza whose three children, Nadine, Sabri and Farah, burned to death in an April 1 fire caused by a candle, which was being used during an electrical outage caused by power stations running out of fuel due to Israel's continuing deadly siege. We mourn the death of Misbah Saad, 17, who was shot by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) behind the cemetery east of Gaza City on April 3. We are horrified by the news that on April 2 the IDF tried to arrest 2-year-old- Mo'men Shtayeh, whom they accused of shooting a slingshot. Israeli soldiers entered his family's home, warning they would not leave unless Mo'men was handed over to them.

But to Prime Minister Netanyahu…

Only Israeli children matter. He was "infuriated," he said, by what he called Ashton's "comparison between a deliberate massacre of children and the defensive, surgical actions" of the Israeli military that he claimed were "intended to hit terrorists who use children as a human shield." Eli Yishai, Israel's interior minister, told Israel Radio that Ashton should not stay in her post and that her comments hurt the EU's ability to act as an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians. But Netanyahu's real strategy is to…

Divert World Attention to Iran.

As Israel accelerates its relentless theft of Palestinian lands, construction of new illegal settlements, Judaization of Arab East Jerusalem, and imprisonment, wounding and killing of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, the Israeli prime minister and his right-wing government hurl accusations at Iran for its perfectly legal activity.

In Fact, It Is Israel, not Iran…

That has refused to allow inspection of its nuclear facilities, refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and possesses not one, but hundreds of nuclear weapons. If Israel were not playing such a deadly game—one that could cause the deaths of millions of innocent children, women and men—one might simply be amused by such an extreme example of…

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black.

But the stakes are much too high for that—and most Americans know it. Polls show a majority oppose a U.S. attack on Iran, or support for an Israeli attack. Senior U.S. military leaders have urged Israel not to launch an attack, and President Barack Obama also advises caution. But in this election year, many politicians act like they're running not for Congress but…

Running for the Knesset.

So what's a voter to do? The first step is to arm yourself with information—especially information that the mainstream media likes to withhold. On p. 30 of this issue you'll find our first installment of our compilation of pro-Israel PAC contributions to 2012 congressional candidates. Later this year we'll reveal the latest members in our Congressional Halls of Fame and Shame. We think the best place to ask your elected representatives about their stance on U.S. Mideast policy—and who's paying them to adopt that stance—is at public campaign meetings. In other words…

Let Your Neighbors in on the Secret!

This is not the time to be shy. Volunteer for election campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-eds for your local newspapers. Call into radio stations and bring up Afghanistan, the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements, AIPAC, Iran, Islamophobia, profiling…everything that is damaging the moral fiber of this country and harming others around the world. Because…

Each Life Is Equally Important.

We urge you to add your voice to a call for an end to the killing of our children. Children—including Iranian kids— should be off-limits in the arguments waged by adults. We adults must do everything in our power to make sure children—including soldiers, who are somebody's children— are safe and to end this global cycle of violence. Neither America nor the world can afford…

Another Senseless War.


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