What kind of people would
enjoy a sumptuous meal in front of a starving child and simply say, “Go away
kid, you bother me.”? None that I know. What kind of people would
deliberately withhold food and destroy the means of growing food in the context
of abundance surrounded by children reaching out for crumbs from the table and
simply say, “I don’t care?” I don’t personally know anyone so calloused
because I don’t personally know any Israeli Zionists.
Next month, Israel will be
celebrating its 50th anniversary of occupying Palestinian West Bank, East
Jerusalem and Gaza. Is that
something of which to be proud?
Since the Six Day War
---Demolished over 48,000 homes in the West Bank and Gaza;
---Confiscated over 586,000 acres of Palestinian land the West Bank;
---Created 300,000 Palestinian refugees;
---Colonized the West Bank with over 600,000 Jewish settlers;
---Enacted over 50 laws that discriminate against Israel’s Arab minority, and
---Established an apartheid
legal system with civil courts for Jewish settlers and separate
military courts for 4.5 million Palestinians, including
indefinite detention without trial and a conviction rate of over
Why do we Americans, who
years ago quit believing in a “superior race,” continue to support and fund a
nation which brags about being a nation for a superior race? What has happened
to the voice of those who believe there will be peace for all only when there
is justice for all? As long as America continues to insist that
the Palestinians are all terrorists and demand that our friends call them
terrorists who are just out to kill Jews, there will be little hope for peace
there or living with a clear conscience here. And Israel will continue to
kill, imprison, torture and steal land and water from the Palestinian nation.
Over 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested since the 1967 war Israel
celebrates this week.
And, what kind of people
would look the other way in the presence of such injustice. Well, my
fellow Americans, perhaps we all should look in the mirror.
May 30, 2017
 Fifty Years on…A Call for Liberty and Justice
for All, mailchi.mp, 50 Years of Illegal Occupation. May 26, 2017
 Mondoweiss, Letter to President Donald
Trump from Families of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails, May 24,