Bad news to good news!
Last Friday, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) proposed an amendment to the budget bill prohibiting use of any of its funds for assistance to refugees who resettle in the USA—if they happen to be from Gaza. When I heard of it, I thought, “What on earth? Why would he …?” And then, “Ohhh, no.”
Yesterday, it became clear that the amendment was heading for a vote. Amnesty USA emailed its network, of which I am proud to be a part. Here’s what we learned:
Now the good stuff. Today, I (along with many others) received this email message:
We wanted to send you a quick update on last night’s Gaza refugee vote. Thanks to your quick mobilization in which over 16,000 of you faxed letters in a span of just two hours, Senator Kyl withdrew his discriminatory amendment.
A bipartisan group of several Senators including Leahy (VT), Kerry (MA) and Gregg (NH) stood on the floor of the Senate and spoke out against the amendment. Your faxes together with our champions on this issue applied enough political pressure for Senator Kyl to just withdraw the amendment completely.
Again, this was one of those moments when together we really made the difference. Thanks again.
— Sarnata, Steve, Zahir, Edie and the rest of the team here at AIUSA
Ya – hoo!
Yes! We can make a difference!
Check out AmnestyUSA if you’d like to add your voice. Let’s make a nation that treats its neighbors the way we’d want them to treat us, were we in their shoes.
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Good news and bad news from the Middle East.
“Clearly this kind of activity is unhelpful and not in keeping with the obligations entered into under the ‘road-map’… It is an issue that we intend to raise with the government of Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem.”
What a relief it is to hear an American diplomat admit, for once, that Israel is out of line. Perhaps this is a signal of some movement toward fair play in U.S. foreign policy. That could help the region a great deal.
Prof. Juan Cole points out that she’ll be besieged by Zionist critics in the USA for daring to say it, and urges “Please consider sending her a supportive message for daring [to] speak out on the issue. In fact, urge her to use a stronger word than “unhelpful” the next time.”
Now the bad news: Israel’s new hard-line government will probably press ahead on a plan to build 73,000 new settler homes in the Occupied West Bank, doubling the number of Zionists living on Palestinian land to 600,000. One can only imagine the despair and outrage this theft of the homes of Palestinians will cause throughout the region.
If they do so, Cole believes the two-state solution will be utterly dead: Read the rest of this entry »
Tragically, Israelis may owe much to an American model. Their expansion so reminds me of the American doctrine called Manifest Destiny. It assumed all the territory that would become the USA was divinely given to white people. MD was used to justify the moving, killing, containment and lasting impoverishment of Native Americans. Indeed, westward expansion’s completion and total dominance of the indigenous people of the contiguous United States (not to mention Hawaii and Alaska) was only thirty years old at Israel’s birth in 1946: about as recent in American memory as the Vietnam conflict is today.
I would guess that the writings of the Hebrew Bible were used to encourage westward expansion in the USA; they are still, of course, the claim some Zionists stake (and some evangelicals support) to all the territory in and around Israel.
Such dominance—in either American or Israeli history—is starkly at odds with the ways of Jesus Christ, of course.
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Simply put, Israel has given much more suffering than it’s received.
The death toll today since this conflict began? Israelis, 13. Gazans, 1,000.
Murder is murder,” some will say. Yet the two are not the same.
The slaughter of hundreds of defenseless, malnourished people is a crime of a different order.
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