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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

CONCLUSION I - For Jewish Readers (and for those who want to understand)

I came across this appeal by Jews for Justice in the Middle East, a group of American Jewish people who oppose the politics of Israel and its oppression and killing of Palestinian and Lebanese people. The writers are urging Jews of conscience -- in the U.S. and elsewhere -- to join and support all Jewish Peace groups who are calling for just, equitable solutions to the root causes of the present conflict in the Middle East. I have shown CONCLUSION I below.

A link to CONCLUSION II follows at the end of the article, and it is also available for reading here.

Their very interesting, informative booklet: "The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict" is available to read online here. You can download parts of it it in PDF format if you wish, FREE OF CHARGE. A link is also availabe at the foot of the article posted here.

In order to better understand the ongoing conflict -- and the present catastrophe -- I urge everyone to read this booklet in its entirety. You will find all the links below.

(Before any misguided readers label me as anti-semitic, be assured that I am not anti anyone. I am simply a pro human being, who seeks the truth. Only by seeking the truth -- however unpalatable it sometimes may be -- can we find resolutions to conflicts and bring about lasting peace. And Peace is the right of every human being...)


CONCLUSION I
For Jewish Readers

As we have seen, the root cause of the Palestine-Israel conflict is clear. During the 1948 war, 750,000 Palestinians fled in terror or were actively expelled from their ancestral homeland and turned into refugees. The state of Israel then refused to allow them to return and either destroyed their villages entirely or expropriated their land, orchards, houses, businesses and personal possessions for the use of the Jewish population. This was the birth of the state of Israel.

We know it is hard to accept emotionally, but in this case the Jewish people are in the wrong.We took most of Palestine by force from the Arabs and blamed the victims for resisting their dispossession. If you run into someone's car, for whatever reason, simple justice demands that you repair it. Our moral obligation to the Palestinian people is no less clear. It is time for all Jewish people of good conscience to make whatever amends are possible to the Palestinians in order to live up to the best part of the Jewish tradition - its ethical and moral basis.

Any criticism of Israel is traditionally seen by American Jews as harmful to the Jewish people, even if the criticism is true. But "my people, right or wrong, my people" is no different than "my country, right or wrong, my country". Once we start down the slippery slope where the ends justify the means we have left behind any claim to morality. Along with millions of other American Jews unaffiliated with the major U.S. Jewish organizations, we are outraged at the Israeli government's ongoing oppression of the Palestinians and feel that it has been the ruination of the high moral standing of the Jewish people.

The Israeli government could solve the Palestine/Israel crisis tomorrow. It actually would be in the best interests of its citizens to do so because random acts of terrorism against Israelis would cease if Palestinian demands for a viable, independent state were accepted and compensation for Arab losses made.

Here in America, we Jews are thoroughly assimilated into the mainstream of society and hold positions of power and influence in every field of endeavor. We do not need to be in a defensive mood anymore. We can afford to change out attitude from "is it good the the Jews?" to "Is it good?" At the very least, American Jews need to categorically state that we cannot condone Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land, and the intentional murder and crippling of Palestinian protestors armed only with rocks, as documented in reports by the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Israeli groups like B'Tselem, etc.

According to a survey commissioned by the five largest American Jewish organizations, but suppressed by them afterwards, 20% of American Jews support Palestinian demands and 35% say that Jerusalem should be shared. This, in the face of a near-total blackout of the Palestinian position in our press, is very impressive. Join this growing segment of American Jews by contacting Not In My Name, at www.nimn.org, a group that is spearheading a coalition of Jewish groups to protest the Israeli occupation.

Israel's long-term interests can best be served by supporting Israeli peace groups, like Gush Shalom (www.gush.shalom.org), not the Israeli government and its brutal repression, which just leads to endless violence. Israeli peace groups rightfully criticize their government and we should too, since they claim to act in our name. American groups like the Jewish Peace Lobby, Jewish Voice For Peace and the Middle East Children's Alliance also deserve your support. Don't compromise yout ethics in blind support of bad politics--work for a just soultion instead.

Please write for more free copies of this booklet to the address on the back page and ask your Jewish friends to consider the information presented here. For everyone's sake. Peace.

Important Note: at the end of the next section, ConclusionII, there is a list of Jewish organizations in America and Israel, and links to their websites, which are informative and interesting. We encourage to explore them with an open mind.

Click on the next section you wish to read.






3 comment(s):

i knew there had to be some sane jewish literature out there on the situation...bless ya for finding this. i'm sure the numbers and articles will be growing from the more rational sector.

By Blogger Scout, at 12:59 AM  

It is very interesting and educating material... Much I did not know. Let's hope that voices such as these will rise above the din of the self-serving warmongers' and their shouts for ever more blood.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 1:40 AM  

Hello annamarie,

Thanks, I'll be reading those texts and will get back to you soon.

God bless,

Basem

By Blogger NoFearNoHateNoGreed, at 8:03 PM  

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