History of Palestine as told by world bodies

I am putting several links on my blog so that people who are interested can read the history of the conflict from uninterested third parties who also happen to have the original documents and maps regarding this issue.

Please take the time to educate yourself. There’s far too little fact-based information out there and way too much opinion disguised as fact.

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Two

Three

Resolution 181

Resolution 242

Resolution 3236

More history

More history

More history

Resolution 338

Resolution 1397

Read the history, decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong.

Down with the talking heads!!!

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Dennis Kucinich is calling for a cease fire – support his efforts

Support Rep. Kucinich’s resolution calling for cease fire in Gaza. Groups wishing to endorse the Kucinich resolution should send their endorsement directly to his Congressional office at: Diala.Jadallah@mail.house.gov.

Some things never change……

Top U.S. and European officials called Wednesday for an end to the violence in Israel and Lebanon and the establishment of an international force to keep the peace – but they did not unanimously call for an immediate cease-fire or provide details on the proposed force.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who had been under pressure to lean on Israel to end its two-week-old offensive, maintained that any cease-fire must be “sustainable” and that there could be “no return to the status quo ante.”Her wording suggested continued U.S. support for Israel’s demand that the violence must end with the Hezbollah militia disarmed or at least removed from its border.

“We are working toward a cease-fire that would not allow a re-establishment of the status quo … where Hamas could launch rockets,” Rice said. “It’s obvious that a cease-fire should take place as soon as possible but we want a cease-fire that is durable and sustainable.”

Perhaps the press should just cut and paste the comments from the Lebanon war……..it just never changes

Vote on the Briefing Book!!

Obama’s transition site, has a new feature – The Briefing Book. Citizens submit their ideas, vote on them, and the most popular are delivered to Obama on Inauguration Day.

YOU NEED TO FLOOD THE VOTES!!

This is one briefing for Obama entitled

Stop supplying Israel with weapons

Post this, email it, everyone must vote. You must sign up on the site (ensures 1 vote), but be sure to do it so other suggestions can’t flood past it. This is democracy at its finest. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

Ready. Set.
GO VOTE!!!

A settler from Jerusalem gets a ticket – but I don’t!!

Angry Arab News Service reports that Ariel Lang will be at the Inauguration of Barack Obama. Who is he?

Monday, January 12, 2009
Settler at Inauguration
“President-and vice president-elect Barak Obama and Joe Biden will be there – and so will Ariel Lang, a 22-year-old resident of a small settlement near Jerusalem, who has been officially invited to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington on January 20.”
Posted by As’ad

Sorry. I wanted a ticket. I asked my Congress people. I wrote the essay. How did this guy get a ticket? And what message are we sending to the Middle East….the settlements are ok?

Please. Time to go to Camp Hope by Obama’s house. 8 am – 5 pm…….paint a mural in support of Gaza!! Good thing I have tomorrow off anyway.

What if everyone refused to fight?

Matn Vilnai promises shoah for Palestinians – the word also describes the Nazi Holocaust

The BBC reported the following comments coming from Israel’s Defense Minister. Even Abbas has denounced them. Have our presidential candidates read this as they vow to back Israel and guarantee their safety and security? What about the safety and security of the people of Gaza? Who stands up for them?

Matan Vilnai said Palestinians risked a “shoah”, the Hebrew word for a big disaster – and for the Nazi Holocaust.

Mr Vilnai made the comments after rockets hit the city of Ashkelon, 10km (six miles) from Gaza. His colleagues insisted he had not meant “genocide”.

Well if he didn’t mean “genocide” then what did he mean? And just what do the Israelis expect of the Gazans? They have no control over their environment, trade, businesses, livelihoods, education, or housing. Their homes can be demolished without hearings, their lives can be snuffed out because their neighbor down the street is a suspect, tried and convicted with no chance to defend themselves.

Yes, Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens, but after 60 years of this, they don’t seem any safer, they seem more vulnerable to attack.

Though the call for shoah comes from some segments of Israel, the article goes on to note that it is not a unanimous view:

The BBC’s Katya Adler in Jerusalem says many of Mr Vilnai’s colleagues have quickly distanced themselves from his comments and also tried to downplay, them saying he did not mean genocide.

A recent opinion poll has indicated a majority of Israelis favour a truce with Hamas.

It appears that the United States is not the only country that isn’t too particularly interested in the citizen’s opinions of where and how their money is squandered. But then again, world leaders tend to be whisked out of harm’s way when the chips are down and the battles move to the home front, so their decisions are based purely on ideology and not necessarily commonsense, a critical look at historical patterns or more basically, self-preservation.

In the case of Israel and Palestine one would not need a long critical look to see that their security policies are failing their people, just a cursory glance at the last several years should tell them they’ve failed miserably.

Hamas, of course, repeats the same message we have been hearing since their election by the people, but that the Israelis have not heeded.

The Islamist movement, which seized control of Gaza in June, has said it will cease fire if Israel stops its military operations in Palestinian areas and ends the blockade of the territory which has cut essential supplies to its 1.5m inhabitants.

It looks like the United States is not the only place where it is time for a change.

Is there an Obama in the Israeli house?

UPDATE: Reuters has reported over 46 Palestinians were killed Saturday which brings the total to 81 since Israel launched its latest offensive in Gaza on Wednesday. For the math challenged, that’s an average of 20 people per day. Here’s the Reuters video:

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=77231&newsChannel=newsOne

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