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August 2011 Postcard

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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Palestinians have waited long enough for a state of their own. Israel was given the right to statehood by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181, passed on Nov. 29, 1949. That resolution called for TWO states, one Jewish and one Palestinian, with Jerusalem as an international city under U.N. control. According to Resolution 181, Palestinians are entitled to their own state.

Please support the Palestinian application to the U.N. General Assembly for recognition of a Palestinian State. We are weary of this dispute—years of negotiations have gone nowhere. More than 80 percent of all Americans agree that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts U.S. interests at risk in the region, so vital to our economy. Regardless of Israel’s objections, it is in our own country’s national interest to support Palestinian statehood. An American veto will alienate the entire Arab and Muslim world and the vast majority of the international community—not to mention this voter.

DEAR SENATOR:

Palestinians have waited long enough for a state of their own. Israel was given the right to statehood by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181, passed on Nov. 29, 1949. That resolution called for TWO states, one Jewish and one Palestinian, with Jerusalem as an international city under U.N. control. According to Resolution 181, Palestinians are entitled to their own state.

Please support the Palestinian application to the U.N. General Assembly for recognition of a Palestinian State. We are weary of this dispute—years of negotiations have gone nowhere. More than 80 percent of all Americans agree that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts U.S. interests at risk in the region, so vital to our economy. Regardless of Israel’s objections, it is in our own country’s national interest to support Palestinian statehood. An American veto will alienate the entire Arab and Muslim world and the vast majority of the international community—not to mention this voter.

DEAR REPRESENTATIVE:

Palestinians have waited long enough for a state of their own. Israel was given the right to statehood by U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181, passed on Nov. 29, 1949. That resolution called for TWO states, one Jewish and one Palestinian, with Jerusalem as an international city under U.N. control. According to Resolution 181, Palestinians are entitled to their own state.

Please support the Palestinian application to the U.N. General Assembly for recognition of a Palestinian State. We are weary of this dispute—years of negotiations have gone nowhere. More than 80 percent of all Americans agree that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts U.S. interests at risk in the region, so vital to our economy. Regardless of Israel’s objections, it is in our own country’s national interest to support Palestinian statehood. An American veto will alienate the entire Arab and Muslim world and the vast majority of the international community—not to mention this voter.


alt(CWS/Cartoonarts International  www.cartoonweb.com)Judging by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanya hyu’s reception at the White House and Capitol Hill, you must be under the impression that American voters support this arrogant, right-wing foreign leader—as well as his country’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza. You couldn’t be more wrong.

I agree more with Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the U.S., who wrote in a June 10 Washington Post op-ed: “U.S. domestic politics and Israeli intransigence cannot be allowed to stand in the way of Palestinians’ right to a future with a decent quality of life and opportunities similar to those living in unoccupied countries. Thus, in the absence of productive negotiations, the time has come for Palestinians to bypass the United States and Israel and to seek direct international endorsement of statehood at the United Nations.”

It’s time for Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative, based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for an end to the conflict based on land for peace. That is truly a generous offer!