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May/June 2006 Postcard

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DEAR SENATOR:
Please refrain from taking campaign contributions from pro-Israel PACs. The agenda of these PACs, many of which have misleading names such as “Americans for Good Government” or “Georgia Peach PAC,” is to reward candidates who put the interests of Israel ahead of their own country’s and constituents’. Doing so means significantly compromising U.S. security and sovereignty. I urge you to refuse such financial contributions, along with free trips to Israel that do not include meeting and speaking with Palestinians, and “free” interns or staff members supplied by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Please oppose resolutions restricting U.S. humanitarian aid to Palestinians and prohibiting Palestinian diplomacy or representation in the U.S. These efforts to silence and starve Palestinians, who deserve to live freely in a democratic state, are a form of collective punishment.

As an elected representative, it is important that you make your decisions on the basis of what is good for the U.S., not a foreign country. Please use my tax dollars to help bring peace to the Middle East, not to fight more wars on behalf of Israel. 


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An Israeli border guard arrests an American protester during a nonviolent demonstration against Israel’s annexation wall in the West Bank village of Bilin, March 24, 2006. (AFP Photo/Patrick Baz).
   

Why is the United States silent as the government of Israel attacks, starves and isolates Gaza and annexes swaths of the West Bank? Is there no one in Congress or the White House who will stand up to the pro-Israel lobby? AIPAC no longer represents the best interests or even opinions of the majority of Israeli or American Jews.

Most Jews, Christians, Muslims and other Americans support peace and justice in the Middle East. We should listen to both sides in the conflict, not just those with the loudest lobby, and use U.S. diplomacy and aid to encourage both sides to make peace.

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