A Palestinian family reacts after Israeli bulldozers demolished their home in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5, 2013. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Newly elected Israeli Knesset member Yair Lapid (l), leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to Naftali Bennett, head of the hard-line national religious party the Jewish Home, during a Feb. 5 reception in Jerusalem marking the opening of the 19th Knesset. (URIEL SINAI/GETTY IMAGES)
Richard Curtiss at work in his Washington Report office. (STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY)
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney (l) and Likud chairman Benyamin Netanyahu, out of office at the time and serving as the official Israeli opposition leader, at a March 23, 2008 breakfast meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (r) shares candies with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim during a Feb. 11 visit to the rebels’ stronghold in Sultan Kudarat on the island of Mindanao. (KARLOS MANLUPIG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Emad Burnat views his five broken cameras in his documentary of the same name. (PHOTO COURTESY KINO LORBER)
April 2008 Postcard
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The U.S. has recently recognized an independent state of Kosovo, encouraging its separation from Serbia and its march toward self-rule. People around the world, especially in Russia, have mixed feelings about this declaration of independence. Why has President George W. Bush been so quick to back Kosovar independence?
The answer, we’re told, is that our country is committed to promoting the freedom, human rights and democracy we enjoy at home. If this is true, I call upon you to apply the same standard to Palestine as the United States has accorded Kosovo. Back full diplomatic recognition of the independent State of Palestine. Recognize the State of Palestine and welcome Palestinians as full members of the international community. They’ve been waiting for almost 60 years.
City, State, Zip:
A Palestinian Costa Rican, whose country formally recognized Palestine on Feb. 5, 2008. (AFP photo/Orlando Sierra).
On Feb. 17, 2008 Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from the state of Serbia. By the following day, President George W. Bush and the United States accorded Kosovo full diplomatic recognition, despite Russia’s and Serbia’s opposition,
If Kosovo, then why not Palestine?
Israel declared its statehood at midnight on May 14, 1948, without officially agreeing to the borders assigned it by the United Nations in 1947. (The U.N. had awarded 56 percent of Palestine to its 650,000 Jewish inhabitants, and 44 percent to its 1,300,000 Muslim and Christian Arab inhabitants.)
If Israel, then why not Palestine?
The Bush administration has called for an independent Palestine, yet the U.S. seems content to watch negotiations drag on ad infinitum. It’s time the U.S. acts decisively on its commitment to freedom. Costa Rica formally recognized Palestine on Feb. 5, 2008
If Costa Rica, then why not the USA?