An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
August 2006 Postcard
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It is time to call on both sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to negotiate a just peace. Since Palestine’s Hamas government has implicitly recognized Israel, Israel and the United States should recognize a viable Palestinian state. In order for both sides to live in peace and security, Israel must withdraw from all the territory it has occupied since 1967.
Instead, an Israeli navy gunboat fired shells onto a northern Gaza beach on June 9, killing civilian picnickers and provoking an end to the 16-month cease-fire that only Hamas had honored. In response to the abduction of an Israeli soldier, Israel Defense Forces kidnapped a third of Palestine’s cabinet and dozens of lawmakers, and used U.S.-supplied F-16s to destroy bridges and the main power station in Gaza. Yet our lawmakers remained silent.
The most effective action Congress can take is to insist that the two sides reach an equitable agreement, before even more lives are lost.
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One of several Israeli activists at a June 28 protest against their government’s attack on the Gaza Strip. (Photo Gali Tibbon AFP).
In the guise of expressing concern for Christian Palestinians, legislation proposed by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who received $12,000 in pro-Israel PAC contributions in 2005-2006, and Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who received $24,000 (for a career total of $76,157) distorted the facts.
Palestinian Christians are emigrating because of the terrible economic and political crisis created by Israel’s occupation, not because of Palestinian Authority persecution. Instead of consulting a Christian Palestinian, however—such as PLO Ambassador Afif Safieh, who works right across town—aides Ari Stein and Gregg Sheiowitz, who drafted the resolution, sought advice from an Israeli attorney. Could it be they were more interested in helping Israel than in saving Palestinian Christians?