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Postcards Index

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September 2014 Postcard (Over the past month, I, along with countless others across the United States and the world, have taken to the streets, social media sites, and other forums to express my deep concerns over Israel’s latest military operation in Gaza. I see the images of death and destruction and realize what Israel is doing is excessive and wrong.)

August 2014 Postcard (There are countless examples of U.S. citizens, particularly those of Arab or Muslim heritage, being discriminated against while attempting to enter Israel. They are stripped of their rights—and sometimes their clothes!—and often detained and deported.)

June/July 2014 Postcard (Imagine this scenario: Your family is sleeping peacefully when, in the middle of the night, armed soldiers storm your home, place your child in a van and speed off. The armed men do not tell you where they are taking your child or why he or she is being captured like a terrorist.)

May 2014 Postcard (I invite you to assess some of the facts presented at the summit. Israel receives more than $3.1 billion in U.S. aid every year even though it is one of the richest countries in the world, with a higher average income level than the European Union, one of the strongest militaries in the world and the fourth best healthcare system in the world (far above the U.S.).)

March/April 2014 Postcard (Over a decade after Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert helped open the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, he is hoping to play an active role in facilitating the prison’s closing. “It’s time to get back to the rule of law, both domestic and international, and close Guantanamo,” the general recently told the Miami Herald.)

January/February 2014 Postcard (After years of dealing with hardliners in Tehran, the U.S. finally has a negotiating partner that is willing to ease the rhetoric and hash-out long-standing issues. Furthermore, President Hassan Rouhani and his boss, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are desperate for a nuclear deal, as Iran’s economy is suffering under sanctions. Rouhani is so invested in peace that he has tied the success of his domestic agenda to the success of peace talks.)

December 2013 Postcard (While President Obama was in Jerusalem, he urged Israelis to see the conflict through Palestinian eyes. If you followed this advice and truly looked at the world from a Palestinian perspective, your view would most likely be obscured by a new illegal settlement project, a military checkpoint or a massive wall that restricted your day-to-day movement and separated you from other parts of your community. You might hear the distant rumbling of Israeli bulldozers, night raids and air strikes. What you wouldn’t hear is condemnation from Capitol Hill.)

October/November 2013 Postcard (According to your FY 2014 budget request, Israel will continue to receive billions of dollars in American aid—at a time when millions of Americans are suffering from unemployment as a result of the sequestration and a sluggish economy. Instead of sending our money overseas, should we not invest in our own country; in honest, hard-working Americans?)

September 2013 Postcard (The U.S.-operated Bagram detention center in Afghanistan continues to hold detainees—mainly Pakistanis—without charges in its facilities, violating the detainees’ basic human rights. Despite numerous allegations of torture at Bagram, much like at Guantanamo, the U.S. refuses to shut down the facility, even as it prepares to withdraw.)

August 2013 Postcard (Following the election of moderate Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani, you expressed hope for improved U.S.-Iran relations. Mr. Rowhani has done the same, pledging to “follow the path of moderation and justice and not extremism.”)

June/July 2013 Postcard (You of course are aware that 86 of Guantanamo’s 166 detainees have been cleared for release. You must know that more than 140 prisoners have never been charged with a crime and were turned over to the U.S. in exchange for bounty payments.)

May 2013 Postcard (On March 21 you told an audience in Jerusalem that no Israeli children should go to bed fearing that a rocket might land in their bedroom. Indeed, you are correct. However, Mr. President, what about Palestinian children? In 2012, 44 Palestinian children lost their lives at the hands of Israel. Thankfully, no young Israelis lost their lives.)

April 2013 Postcard (I am sure that you want America to be viewed as a respected superpower that uses its influence to bring about global peace, security and justice. In order for this vision to be a reality, our country must carry out a consistent and moral foreign policy.)

March 2013 Postcard (It is time to take a stand—one that is morally sound and will help advance peace in the Holy Land. Congress must urge President Barack Obama to tell the Israeli government that it cannot continue to construct illegal settlements on Palestinian land.)

January/February 2013 Postcard (In 2013 we hope you will focus on improving America’s standing in the Arab world. If you put Arab/Israeli peace on the front-burner you will salvage our relationships with the entire Muslim world.)

November/December 2012 Postcard (When Palestine requests non-member state status at the U.N. in November, I ask that the United States boldly offers its approval and support. As you know, the Palestinian people have languished under the harsh reality of occupation for many decades.)

October 2012 Postcard (Busy forecasting the geopolitical strategic implications of their actions, leaders all too often fail to consider the impact their decisions have on ordinary people.)

September 2012 Postcard (As you approach the end of your first term in office, the Israel-Palestine conflict is as intractable as ever. Despite the fact that Israelremains in defiance of international law, the United States continues to provide it with the money and machinery it needs to maintain and expand its control over Palestinian territory.)

August 2012 Postcard (Since 2009, American drone strikes in Pakistan have killed between 1,200 and 2,800 individuals, hundreds of whom are known to have been innocent civilians. Indeed, the New America Foundation recently estimated that innocent civilians represent between 11 and 17 percent of Pakistan’s drone victims.)

June/July 2012 Postcard (Despite indications that Iran and the West appear to have made progress in nuclear negotiations at an April summit in Istanbul, many members of Congress remain dead set in their demands that you ditch diplomacy and instead fast-track the use of force against Iran.)

May 2012 Postcard (Countless polls conducted in recent months have clearly shown that Americans are tired of war. Nevertheless, indications remain that your administration has taken little action to ease tensions with Iran.)

March/April 2012 Postcard (On the second day of your presidency you declared that the use of torture would no longer have a place in the United States and that you would close the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba within a year.)

Jan/Feb 2012 Postcard (As winter falls, Palestinian families are facing a financial crisis triggered by the shortfall of millions of dollars in foreign aid and frozen tax funds.)

December 2011 Postcard (Ever since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) emerged from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1951, it has clashed with U.S. law enforcement.)

November 2011 Postcard (Palestinians see being a U.N. member state as completely compatible with negotiations—not, as Israel charges, incompatible. (As you know, Israel did not negotiate with the Palestinians before declaring itself a state.) Nor is the Palestinian bid unilateral. Appealing to the 193-member U.N. is the essence of multilateralism.)

Sept/Oct 2011 Postcard (Please do not veto the Palestinians’ formal request for membership in the United Nations. Israel and its American supporters are mobilizing all their energy to counter the Palestinians’ efforts to become a member state.)

August 2011 Postcard (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.)

July 2011 Postcard (Please don’t wait until the end of 2014 to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Bring them home now.)

May/June 2011 Postcard (Jonathan Pollard placed me and every other American at risk when he channeled over 1 million top-secret documents to Israel. Reporter Seymour Hersh reports that many of the stolen documents likely ended up in the Soviet Union.)

April 2011 Postcard (You and Congress pledged to examine the budget line by line to eliminate programs that we can’t afford and don’t work. Why don’t you cut U.S. aid to Israel?)

March 2011 Postcard (It’s not popular to discuss cutting our massive defense budget, but—as U.S. debt reached $13.6 trillion in 2010 and is estimated to climb to $19.6 trillion by 2015, according to a June 2010 Treasury Department report—it’s time to talk.)

January/February 2011 Postcard (Jonathan Jay Pollard, the former civilian Naval intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for Israel, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987.)

December 2010 Postcard (On Nov. 11, 1962 the Department of Justice ordered the American Zionist Council (AZC) to register as an Israeli Foreign Agent.)

November 2010 Postcard (Danziger cartoon.)

September/October 2010 Postcard (On July 22, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced House Resolution 1553, which was cosponsored by 46 other members of Congress.)

August 2010 Postcard (On May 31, 14 Israeli Warships attacked a Gaza aid convoy in international waters.)

July 2010 Postcard (Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has been compared to South Africa’s treatment of non-whites during its apartheid era.)

May/June 2010 Postcard (On March 9, only hours after Vice President Joseph Biden reaffirmed unwavering U.S. support for Israel’s security, Israel’s Interior Ministry
revealed plans for 1,600 new housing units in the illegal East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo.)

April 2010 Postcard (On Friday Feb. 19 roughly 1,000 demonstrators gathered at the separation fence which divides the West Bank village of Bil’in to protest Israel’s illegal
wall and unrelenting occupation and to mark the fifth anniversary of weekly, nonviolent protests at the site.)

March 2010 Postcard (You’ve probably heard, thanks to Israel’s effective PR campaign, that two jumbo jets landed in Haiti on Jan. 15, carrying an Israeli army search-and-rescue
team as well as 40 doctors and 24 nurses,who set up a badly needed field hospital.)

January/February 2010 Postcard (The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost close to $1 trillion since 2001, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).)

December 2009 Postcard (On Sept. 17, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution on the application of nuclear safeguards in the Middle East.)

November 2009 Postcard (On Sept. 15, the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict released its 574-page report, which provides in-depth analysis of 36 individual incidents in Gaza.)

September/October 2009 Postcard (Bypassing the normal appropriation process, Congress approved an increase of $170 million in aid to Israel on June 26.)

August 2009 Postcard (The work of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem shows that the expansion of settlements has hardly been natural.)

July 2009 Postcard (A rabbi—one of a group of imams, priests and rabbis led by French writer Marek Halter visiting the besieged Gaza Strip—plays basketball with Palestinian children at Christian Holy Family School in Gaza on March 19, 2009.)

May/June 2009 Postcard (On March 22 the German cargo ship Wehr Elbe, chartered by U.S. Military Sealift Command, unloaded thousands of tons of U.S. arms, including some containing white phosphorus, at the Israeli port of Ashdod.)

April 2009 Postcard (Please halt U.S. military aid to Israel. As our own economy falters, we cannot afford to give Israel an average of $7 million per day.)

March 2009 Postcard (I want you to know that I strongly disagree with S.Res.10, “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself” and “reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel,” which passed on Jan. 8 by unanimous consent.)

January/February 2009 Postcard (On the day Americans went to the polls to elect a new president, Nov. 4, 2008, Israel closed all of Gaza’s borders and renewed its raids into Gaza and the West Bank.)

December 2008 Postcard (I am deeply disturbed by the DVD, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” which was distributed to religious leaders and voters around the country.)

November 2008 Postcard (As you prepare for the upcoming elections and begin campaigning in earnest at home during this recess, please listen to your constituents.)

September/October 2008 Postcard (Thanks to the efforts of pro-Israel lobbyists, Congress slipped extra military aid for Israel into an amendment to special legislation covering funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.)

August 2008 Postcard (Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, a group of 111 nations agreed on May 28 to a draft treaty for a global ban on cluster bombs.)

July 2008 Postcard (We’ve been through this before—and it must not happen again. In its verbal attacks on Iran, the Bush administration once again is seeking to portray a foe so dangerous, so threatening that the U.S. has no choice but to launch a pre-emptive attack.)

May/June 2008 Postcard (This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli conflict—the perpetuation of which is one of the major sources of instability in the world.)

April 2008 Postcard (The U.S. has recently recognized an independent state of Kosovo, encouraging its separation from Serbia and its march toward self-rule.)

March 2008 Postcard (I urge you to take U.S. foreign policy regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran in a new direction.)

January/February 2008 Postcard (I urge you to encourage both Israelis and Palestinians to take real steps toward establishing a just and lasting agreement leading to peace in Palestine and Israel.)

December 2007 Postcard (Change in the U.S. stance on the Gaza Strip)

November 2007 Postcard (Bring U.S. Troops in Iraq Home Now)

September/October 2007 Postcard (Military Aid to Israel)

August 2007 Postcard (Cluster Bombs)

July 2007 Postcard (It’s time for you to support a peaceful resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict)

May/June 2007 Postcard (Please support the peace plan and end the unjust economic sanctions in the occupied Palestinian territories)

April 2007 Postcard (Please modify Dr. Sami Al-Arian’s current sentence of civil contempt)

March 2007 Postcard (President George W. Bush’s plan for troop escalation in Iraq)

January/February 2007 Postcard (Please help U.S. Citizens in Israel and Palestine who are facing a “silent transfer”)

December 2006 Postcard (Stop using my tax dollars to arm Israel)

November 2006 Postcard (Suspend aid to Israel)

September/October 2006 Postcard (Stop financing Israel's arms procurements)

August 2006 Postcard (Call on both sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to negotiate a just peace)

July 2006 Postcard (Call for an official investigation into the 39-year-old USS Liberty tragedy)

May/June 2006 Postcard (Please refrain from taking campaign contributions from pro-Israel PACs)

April 2006 Postcard (Stop the passage of H.R. 4681 and Concurrent Resolution 79)

March 2006 Postcard (Bring down the US-Mexico Wall and Israel's annexation wall)

January/February 2006 Postcard (Protest Caterpillar support for Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people)

December 2005 Postcard (Please investigate White House lies on the war in Iraq)

November 2005 Postcard (Stop spending my tax dollars on Israel)

September/October 2005 Postcard (Israeli Divestment)

August 2005 Postcard (Did President Bush lie to the American people to justify the war in Iraq?)

July 2005 Postcard (Syria withdrew from Lebanon. Israel should leave the West Bank and Gaza)

May/June 2005 Postcard (Improve U.S. image abroad by improving U.S. foreign policy)

April 2005 Postcard (Caterpillar Boycott)

March 2005 Postcard (U.S. Tax Dollars)

January/February 2005 Postcard (Palestinian Elections)

December 2004 Postcard (Christian Peacemaker Teams)

November 2004 Postcard (Economic Costs of the Iraq War)

October 2004 Postcard (Military Checkpoints)

September 2004 Postcard (Separation Wall)

July/August 2004 Postcard (Israel Arms Embargo)

June 2004 Postcard (Extrajudicial Killings)

May 2004 Postcard (Targeted Assassinations)

April 2004 Postcard (Human Rights Activists)

March 2004 Postcard (Support the Refuseniks)

January/February 2004 Postcard (Peace Initiatives)

December 2003 Postcard (Geneva Convention Violations)

November 2003 Postcard (Settlements)

October 2003 Postcard (Augusta Victoria Hospital)

September 2003 Postcard (Separation Wall)

May 2003 Postcard (Rachel Corrie)

April 2003 Postcard (Aid to Israel)

March 2003 Postcard (Olive Harvest)

January/February 2003 Postcard (Aid to Israel)

December 2002 Postcard (U.N. Resolutions)

September/October 2002 Postcard (Right of Return)