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A Letter From A Concerned Citizen: Dear Mr President

October 10, 2011 2 comments

Posted on October 10, 2011 Akashma News
From Facebook by Hiam Tabbarah-Odds on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 12:57pm

AN EMAIL I HAVE RECEIVED, UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS NO SIGNATURE, BUT IS WORTH READING. IT NEEDS NO AUTHENTICATION AND SHOULD BE THE ADDRESS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO THE PRESIDENT OR TO ANY PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Dear Mr. President,

I am neither an expert on history nor a political activist; I am just an average American who is gravely concerned about the direction I see my country taking. I know you inherited a snake-pit of problems when you first took the oath just three years ago, but somehow when you said ‘Yes, we can!’ I believed you could find a way to return our country to its basic beliefs in liberty and justice for all.

I grew up being proud to be an American, inspired by Patrick Henry’s heroic words of ‘Give me liberty or give me death’, instilling in me a belief that liberty was indeed worth dying for. My grandfather enlisted in the army in 1914, thinking that his involvement would help make it the war to end all wars. Then just twenty-five years later, my father enlisted in the navy with the belief he was fighting against imperialism and tyranny. I am still proud of my grandfather and father for they left the safety of America to fight for the freedom of others.

Although neither my father’s nor my grandfather’s generations were able to being about the end to war, we as a nation have always been ready to fight for our own freedom as well as that of others. We have always admired any people who fought against the occupation of their nation, regarding the French resistance movement as especially inspirational. It seems the Palestinians who also live under occupation are not regarded as a people who have that same right.

Quite frankly, Mr. President, it appears to me that we no longer believe in justice and freedom for all, but only for those who can either be of financial benefit to us or for those who have the strongest lobby in Washington, D.C. How can we condemn UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and threaten to withhold millions of funds from them if they recognize Palestine as a valid member of the UN? Israel never had any problem when it asked for official recognition in the UN even though they were a nation created on land that was already populated by Palestinians. But Palestine, the land that is divided into shards of broken up city states, unable to even control who enters its own cities, its own borders or its own roads, is not seen as worthy of being part of the UN. And why? Because according to Israel, the Palestine Authority refuses to recognize it? I am sorry to tell you this, but they have recognized Israel over and over again. Are we suddenly deaf to anything a Palestinian says and open-eared for anything that comes from an Israeli? Why, might I ask, has Israel not recognized Palestine? Isn’t that a key to establishing a peaceful situation in the Middle East?

Just a quick look at UN Resolution 242 shows that Israel has been thumbing its nose at the UN for well over forty years. The preamble of this resolution makes it perfectly clear about the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East in which every State in the area can live in security.” Does this not include Palestine or am I missing some tiny print that excludes them and only refers to Israel as having this right?

Let us not forget as well that this resolution also calls for the withdrawal of Israel’s armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 conflict. Has that happened yet? All I see is the world turning a blind eye to what Israel continues to do, illegally entering into cities like Ramallah and Gaza claiming it is for security reasons. I wonder if we would feel the same if Mexican or Canadian troops violated the sovereignty of our borders with similar claims. I find it odd that Israel is the only nation in the world that is given carte blanche to do so.

I am confused between the America I thought we were, the nation that professes to stand for the rights of all, regardless of their religious beliefs, their color, their creed and the America I have seen over the past few years. I now see us as a 21st century Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that one moment sends troops to fight for people’s rights and the next moment supports the strong-armed treatment of peaceful protesters when they stand against Israeli occupation.

Are we now a nation that stands like Caesar in the amphitheater of politics that either thumbs up or thumbs down the fate of a people? Is it thumbs up if we can benefit from what they have? Thumbs up if their lobby is so powerful we fear their power? Thumbs down if they are only fighting for freedom and independence? Thumbs down if they are Palestinian?

The people of Palestine need a voice in the United Nations which is an organization that my country fought very hard to establish in 1945. Let us not forget that all the Palestinians are asking for is to be recognized as the very nation the UN in Resolution 181 had tried to establish as far back as 1947. Yes, it was rejected by the Palestinians at that time because it meant giving up what was rightfully theirs in order to provide a safe haven for people who survived the holocaust in Europe. Now that the Palestinians have swallowed their pride, their wounds have scarred over and they are willing to accept that resolution, they are being denied. Have they waited too long? Was there an expiry date on the offer?

Why do we now oppose the recognition of Palestine if we tried to establish it over sixty years ago? What has changed? The people of Palestine lost everything when Israel came into being. They are an occupied people, like the French under the Nazis, but have we decided their resistance is wrong because it against the Israel? It can’t be because of religious differences because Palestinians are Jews, Muslims and Christians… but then you knew that already, right?

Why are we so afraid to stand up to Israel, the country that is the recipient of most of our tax money…the same country that blatantly ignores every UN Resolution concerning the Middle East…the same nation that contrary to UN orders, continues to build settlements and occupy land that is not rightfully theirs…the same country that openly practices state-supported terrorism of a people who, like David, throw stones at the Israeli Goliath who responds with tank fire, gas and bullets…the same country lead by a man who continues to openly insult you and our people? Netanyahu has consistently lied to the world about his intentions. He has done everything in his power to ensure that a Palestinian state is not created. Peace negotiations are nothing more than a cover to gain time to steal more land and water resources from the Palestinians. Mr. President, can you not see this or are you blinded by Israel’s control over whether you get re-elected or not?

Why do we allow ourselves to remain joined at the hip with a Siamese twin that is destroying our very core, our principles of human rights and justice? I am hoping you too can follow in the courageous footsteps of Presidents Eisenhower and Carter who stood up to Israel and said ‘No!’ Be the man who cuts this Gordian Knot and set us free!

Mr. President, do you really think our forefathers would be proud of what we have become? Don’t you think it is time to stand up to tyranny and break free of the chains that are holding us all back from supporting justice and freedom? Until that day, I shall weep for my nation and apologize to our forefathers for what we have become and for what we have done to our great nation.

With hope that you still can, I remain,

A Concerned American Citizen

Israeli Artillery Shells Gaza Strip; Again

October 10, 2011 4 comments

Posted on October 9, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Photo of the ArchiveIt has become a normal practice of Israel to attack the North Part of Gaza so often that is not considered important News any more, the local News agencies of Palestine and the neighbors countries treat Israel violation of International Law as an every day event, thanks to the divine providence there are no injured reported this time. On Sunday Israel Shelled the Northern Gaza Strip;

“Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli artillery shelled, on Sunday evening, agricultural land east of the northern Gaza Strip.

The witnesses to our correspondent that about the 4 shells landed near the martyrs’ cemetery east of Jabalia, without causing any personal injuries, but a state of panic and fear hit the population”   Jabaliya – Agency Jerusalem Net News

Braking News 12:20 Am 10/11/2011 Via: Hani Siliman Salamah

Credit Hani Siliman

BREAKING NEWS : ISRAELI TANKS OPENING THEIR HEAVY ARTILLERY TOWARDS PALESTINIAN HOUSES EAST OF KHAN YOUNIS CITY, SOUTH OF GAZA STRIP …NO ONE HURT UNTIL NOW .PARTIALLY DAMAGE IN THE HOUSES THERE, AND PEOPLE CALLING RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT FOR HELP .

BREAKING NEWS : BIG EXPLOSION RIGHT NOW SHAKES CENTRAL OF GAZA CITY .DRONES IN THE SKY AT LOW LEVELS ,, NOW WE CAN HEAR MACHINE GUNS EAST GAZA CITY . 10/10/2011 11:00 pm Palestine Time

Update:Hani Siliman Salamah 10/10/2011 4:00 PM Palestine Time

BREAKING NEWS : DRONES ARE FLYING IN ALL THE AREAS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH OF GAZA STRIP , AND THEY ARE FLYING AT VERY LOW ALTITUDE .
About 10:30 PM 10/10/2011 Palestine Time
BREAKING NEWS : HEAVY GUN FIRE COMES FROM ISRAELI TANKS WEST OF JABALIAH CITY, NORTH OF GAZA STRIP, AND ABOUT 15 BULLDOZERS GET READY TO CROSS THE GREEN LINE FOR DEMOLISHING SOME HOUSES NEAR THE BORDER , GAZA UNDER HEAVY DRONES IN THE SKY .

Update:Khawlah UmmHajar 10/10/2011 9:45 AM Palestine Time

Israeli fighter jets bombard several areas in north Gazahttp://bit.ly/nYPiF3Like · · Share · 21 minutes ago via TweetDeck

Two Hours Ago another report from Northern Gaza: Via: Hani Siliman from Gaza: BEAKING NEWS : 2 ISRSELI TANKS CROSSING AREZ CHECK POINT TOWARDS BEIT HANON CITY NORTH GAZA STRIP UNDER ROAMING OF HELICOPTERS IN THE SKY .

3 injured in Israeli airstrike on northern Gaza - Israeli forces launched an airstrike on northern Gaza on Saturday evening seriously injuring one man and wounding two others, medical officials said.
Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said three men were hospitalized, adding that one man sustained serious injuries in the attack.

ISRAEL ATTACKED GAZA TODAY – When Palestinians were ready to march for reconciliation inside Gaza and West Bank, Israel attacked Gaza Strip 3 times in one day

What Do We Do, If Israel Bombard Gaza Again? – Free Gaza Today- How to react and help others in Gaza if Israel bombard this tiny peace of land in the Mediterranean?
Gaza more than an occupied nation under siege look more like a big open prison, where close to two millions residents live under the military boot of Israel.
With the daily military excursions invading our land and air space, disrupting every bit of life in Gaza.
When the Israel planes come in the middle of the night blasting their sonar bombs, braking windows, and dreams, what we suppose to do?.
When the tanks cross inside Gaza destroying farm land, and the bulldozers come to destroy the houses and business of Palestinians, how we suppose to react?.
When the F16 show up sending missiles to an unarmed population, inflicting terror, destruction and death, what we do?

Gaza Global Affairs - The world look in awe and disbelief finally realizing how the gangs got together to enforce an illegal blockade even by United Nations standards. And we are taking in consideration the double standards of the body of Shame that the world have suffered since 1945 when its charter was officially signed, but the real world mess started back in 1916 when a few globalists decided to formed what was known as the League of NATIONS. Which is the same clown with different make up.

This is a timeline for 12 hours of terror on August 11, 2011, I don’t think we heard about it in the Main News.

Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Now: Israeli army in full competency on Gaza borders. Israeli air force is in active position. Gaza is being attacked all across.

The Next 12 hours time line, are the times the hearts stopped in the Palestinians Mothers, thinking if their sons will come back from school, the women  praying that their husbands will be back safe from work.
The 12 hours time line to give you an idea what it is to live inside a war zone, because Gaza it is a One Side war zone.
Every one of these events are the times that Israel attacked Gaza. The Shelling did not stop for 12 hours, the fear in the faces of the children, when the Sonar Bombs Spread its loud, deafening terrorizing sound. The Fear to not know if their houses will be destroy by the next bomb, maybe you can not even imagine. Put yourself in their position, when you see a simple plane or helicopter hovering on your neighborhood, imagine that one of those will drop death to you, or your love ones. I want you to think of Gaza Population as a defenseless, unarmed population that have no where to run for shelter or cover, strong enough to protect themselves from  bombs raining like water in a stormy 12 hours day. Think about it, and Share this information. Do something about, become peace activist, become involved in the affairs of your government, for Gaza children, for your Children that they will never have to live this 12 hours of horror.

5 minutes ago

Breaking News: The attack on Zayton area targeted a civilian car.

7 minutes ago

Breaking News: Israeli Air Force launched coordinated terrorist attacks against civilians, northern, southern, western and eastern Gaza now.

11 minutes ago

Breaking News: An air raid hits a target in Zaytoun neighborhood south east Gaza City.

13 minutes ago

Breaking News: Israeli Warplanes hit a house central Gaza, Nusairat Refugee Camp.

16 minutes ago

Breaking News: 7 Palestinians wounded in the latest Israeli attacks over northern Gaza Strip.

23 minutes ago

Israel launched 239 raids on Gaza. People spent their weekend in terror and Fear. Israel continues its terrorist attacks.

27 minutes ago

Breaking News: Israeli air force launch 3 raids on Khan Yonis city, south of Gaza.

36 minutes ago

A Terrorist Attack launched by Israel against Gaza: Five People injured in the attack.

39 minutes ago

A Terrorist Attack launched by Israel in Gaza: further news to be announced soon.

40 minutes ago

Breaking News: A huge Bombing takes place in Northern Western Gaza, Shiekh Ridwan town a home of over 140.000 civilians.

43 minutes ago

Breaking News: Mega Bombing takes place in Gaza north of Gaza.

45 minutes ago

Palestinian Right of Return Is Inevitable nblo.gs/lWyG3

1 hour ago

Israeli aircraft bombs northern Gaza, injures child nblo.gs/lWtmu

1 hour ago

Breaking News:Many of the Israeli media outlets and Politicians threaten of a terrorist war against civilians in Gaza…

1 hour ago

Breaking News: Leaks through Israeli Gov., we are considering Cast lead 2

1 hour ago

Breaking News: Israeli settlers “Maniacs” attack Nablus with protection of Israeli army, uproot 100 trees.

1 hour ago

Settlers uproot 80 olive saplings near Nablus nblo.gs/lWp44

2 hours ago

Breaking News: Terrorist Israeli attacks in northern Gaza leave a 12-year-old boy seriously injured. The child is in ICU unit now.

2 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli air force in active position over Gaza’s air space. Gazan civilians expect predict Terrorist Israeli attacks.

3 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli army rock the northern towns of Gaza Strip, one child wounded many hit with Trauma.

3 hours ago

2 Palestinians wounded by Israeli gunfire in Bethlehem nblo.gs/lWgum

5 hours ago

Israeli army invades Hebron, arrests 50 Palestinians nblo.gs/lWf7a

6 hours ago

Israeli army invades Hebron, arrests 50 Palestinians nblo.gs/lWf79

6 hours ago

Palestinian child assaulted by settlers in Ramallah nblo.gs/lW6HP

9 hours ago

Breaking News: Three Bombings took place in Gaza, targets were in the very eastern part of the city.

10 hours ago

Israeli Army breaks into cities of Hebron, Nablus, Bethlehem and arrest dozens of Palestinians.

10 hours ago

Israel arrests Palestinians, foreign activists in Beit Ummer nblo.gs/lW4wG

10 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli army is breaking into civilians houses, dozens arrested. Fear spread across the city of Hebron.

10 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli army is breaking into civilians houses, dozens arrested. Fear spread across the city.

11 hours ago

Palestinians with no bunkers from Israeli rockets.

11 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli Naval Gunboats open heavy fire at the northern shores of Gaza.

Now: Israeli air-crafts raid on Al Zawayda area southern Gaza Strip.

12 hours ago

Breaking News: Israeli army storm Hebron city in West Bank, dozens arrested.

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