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Open Letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress

For thirty years, the United Nations has called for a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East. The 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference unanimously called for an international conference to begin discussing a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. The proposed Conference is scheduled for mid- December, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland.  
 
Add your signature and comment at the call upon President Obama and the U.S. Congress to actively, and visibly, support the Helsinki Conference for a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction at:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/302/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11779


REMEMBER THE LIBERTY

INVESTIGATE THE ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY

To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama:

WHEREAS, on June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, while operating in international waters in the eastern Mediterranean was the target of an attack by Israel war planes and torpedo boats; and

WHEREAS, this attack killed 34 members of the USS Liberty’s crew and wounded 174 other United States personnel on board in addition to causing extensive damage to the ship; and

WHEREAS, a controversy continues to surround the attack on the USS Liberty in that some Americans believe the attack was deliberate while others believe the attack was a mistake by the Israeli military; and

WHEREAS, aircraft dispatched from U.S. aircraft carriers to aid the USS Liberty were recalled, and this action may have resulted in the death and injury of additional American service members; and

WHEREAS, the sailors and Marines and their families should have closure of this tragic attack and its aftermath; and

WHEREAS, the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is the only such naval incident to have never been investigated by Congress; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that we call upon Congress to immediately investigate the attack on the USS Liberty that was perpetrated by the armed forces of the State of Israel on June 8, 1967, in order to determine the truth behind the attack, and bring closure to the families and crew.

SIGN @

http://signon.org/sign/investigate-the-attack?source=s.em.cr&r_by=2504862&mailing_id=


Support and Vote for a Real Change: Eileen Fleming for House of Representatives 2012, Florida

Eileen Fleming for House 2012"The Peace of the World begins in Jerusalem."

Rev. Theodore Hessburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, spoke those words at the end of my first 16 Days in Israel Palestine in 2005.

In pursuit of that goal, I founded my website WeAreWideAwake.org three weeks after that first of seven trips to the Holy Land.

I have written three books and hundreds of articles seeking a change in US policy and a just peace in the Middle East which can be read at WeAreWideAwake.org

I also began to dream of serving in the US House of Representatives shortly after my first trip to Israel and occupied Palestine and on 7 January 2012, established http://www.eileenfleming.org/ dedicated to that end...






"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine

 "Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing......Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers." -Dorothy Day

The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.


January 26, 2011

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama equated nuclear power, coal and natural gas with "clean" energy.  

In fact, toxic radiation is emitted daily from every nuclear reactor and other commercial nuclear facilities and "clean coal" is an oxymoron.

Please learn more and help educate Congress, that Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy.

You can download it for free here and thank you for sending your Senators and Representatives this message:

Dear Senator,

In his State of the Union address, President Obama made the unfortunate mistake of equating nuclear power with "clean" energy. This is simply not the case.

In fact, if the toxic radiation emitted daily from every nuclear reactor and other commercial nuclear facilities were the color and texture of oil, or smelled like natural gas, or came out as black soot, no one would ever again confuse nuclear power with “clean.”

Yet I understand there will be legislative proposals this Congress to include nuclear power (and dirty coal as well) in a "Clean Energy Standard."

Proposals to include nuclear power as part of a Clean Energy Standard suffer from three fundamental misconceptions: 1) that carbon dioxide is the only pollutant that matters when defining “clean energy;” 2) that because radiation is invisible and odorless, it is not a toxic pollutant; 3) that nuclear power is carbon-free. None of these is true.

Including nuclear power and coal in a "clean energy standard" might reward big business--which surely needs no more taxpayer support--but it would make a mockery of the entire concept.

Please inform me of what you will do to ensure that a "clean energy standard" that includes nuclear power and coal is not passed by the Senate.

Sign and Send here:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5292




Please sign the petition @

http://www.standupforjerusalem.org/



The Council for a Livable World, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the danger of nuclear weapons and increasing national security extends the opportunity with an editable email @

http://www.capwiz.com/clw/issues/alert/?alertid=14044881&type=PR


Please send President Obama a message in support of his nuclear agenda and remind him Mordechai Vanunu dreamed of a Nuclear FREE Middle East and World in 1985 and remains a Christian captive in Jerusalem for being a Truth Teller 



On April 21, 2004, upon his release from 18 years in Israeli jail for providing the photos that proved that Israel had upwards of 200 nuclear warheads, Mordechai Vanunu said: "I am not harming Israel. I am not interested in Israel. I want to tell you something very important. I suffered here 18 years because I am a Christian, because I was baptised into Christianity. If I was a Jew I wouldn't have all this suffering here in isolation for 18 years. Only because I was a Christian man."


Since 1948, the Christian EXODUS from the Holy Land has reduced their numbers from 20% of the total population to less than 1.3%

Mordechai Vanunu June 14, 2009



On June 14, 2009 Vanunu said:

"They renewed the restrictions to not speak to foreigners until November.

"I meet foreigners every day. I am talking with people every day.

"But I am not writing or announcing the appeal until after it happens.

"It was scheduled for January, then May 6th and June 18th. Now I am waiting for a new court date.

"The Central Commander of the General Army testified in court that it is OK if I speak in public as long as I do not talk about nuclear weapons.

"I think the court will realize even if they send me back for three months-what will they do after that?

"It is all about freedom of speech."

[Excerpted from A Sunday with Vanunu:
Read more... ]

Please send Vanunu your message of support through his contact info @

http://vanunu.com/

 
Please also email Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish who has continued to deny Vanunu the right to leave the state.



Subject: FREE VANUNU NOW!!!

Dear Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish,

On July 6, 2009, in regards to Mordechai Vanunu, you stated that his "case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media's attention he gets is proof of that."

The "great interest" is for Vanunu's RIGHT to free speech and RIGHT to leave the state.




On July 6, 2009, I phoned Vanunu and he said:

"You have freedom of speech and freedom of movement. Do what you want. But I am not publishing anything. Everything is already on the Internet."


"Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."-Article 13:2 UN UDHR

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." -Article 19. UN UDHR

On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel




June 27, 2009
snail mail letter with hope that you will send one too:


Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama,

On January 25, 2006 Mordechai Vanunu was convicted by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court of 15 violations of a military order that prohibited him from talking to non-Israelis and because he supposedly attempted to leave Israel by taking a cab to go from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Nativity in 2004.

The original indictment included 22 different violations, Vanunu was charged with 19 and acquitted of four. He was acquitted of speaking to foreign nationals on the internet and via video and voice chats.

Vanunu was convicted just for speaking to non-Israeli media, and not on the content of the conversations that began the day he emerged from 18 years in prison-most all of it in solitary- for providing the photographic proof in 1986 of Israel’s underground WMD facility.

Nuclear experts hired by the London Sunday Times, interviewed Vanunu and determined that Israel had already manufactured upwards of 200 nuclear warheads by the time Vanunu last set foot in the Dimona, twenty-three years ago.

On July 2, 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to six months in jail for speaking to foreigners-who happened to be media-in 2004.

Two days before President Bush’s first trip to Israel, and a day before Vanunu’s appeal was to begin, Israel sentenced him to community service. But Israel does not recognize East Jerusalem as part of the community, and although it is the only neighborhood that Vanunu has lived since April 21, 2004, Israel denied Vanunu the right to serve the sentence in his neighborhood.

On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Vanunu’s sentence to three months more in jail, “In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy.”

On June 14, 2009 Mordechai Vanunu stated, “They renewed the restrictions to not speak to foreigners until November. I meet foreigners every day. I am talking with people every day. But I am not writing or announcing the appeal until after it happens. It was scheduled for January, then May 6th and June 18th. Now I am waiting for a new court date. The Central Commander of the General Army testified in court that it is OK if I speak in public as long as I do not talk about nuclear weapons.”

FREE VANUNU NOW!

Most Sincerely and in solidarity with Micah 6:8,

(your name and address)


Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan St.
Hakirya,
Jerusalem 91950
Israel

 

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500




January 26, 2009: email/FAX and snail mail letter to:

Dear President Obama,

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is binding on "all countries of the world". The statehood of Israel was contingent upon upholding it.

EQUAL human rights are declared as UNDERSTOOD at the outset of the document as "inalienable" and therefore can not be denied by any government.

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to do all in your power to help Mordechai Vanunu receive in actuality the inalienable right to leave the state of Israel:

"Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."-Article 13:2

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to lead Israel to be merciful and just towards Vanunu and encourage them to drop the 3 month jail sentence against him for speaking to foreigners in 2004; who happened to be media.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." -Article 19.

As a person of conscience, I am asking you to do all in your power to help Mordechai Vanunu receive his inalienable human rights.

As a person of conscience, I am also asking you to be a true friend to Israel.

"Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you. Opposition is True Friendship."-William Blake, "Marriage of Heaven and Hell" 1796

As a person of hope, I look forward with gratitude that you as a person of conscience will do something.

"HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine

Most Sincerely,
Eileen Fleming, Founder WAWA:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/
Author "Keep Hope Alive" "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"
Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"


CONTACT President Obama:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

E-mail:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/



(202) 456-1414
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111

Fax: (202) 456-2461

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
State Department Public Information Line:
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Since his release from jail April 21, 2004, Mordecahi Vanunu has been denied the RIGHT to leave Israel and denied the RIGHT to speak to non-Israelis.

As a person of conscience I request you do everything in your power to obtain justice for Vanunu: release to full freedom.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19.

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.-13:2





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Sign Our Open Letter to President-Elect Obama

We Need a Change in Israel/Palestine Policy

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Congratulations on your historic election as the next President of the United States.

Last year, you pledged to “take an active role, and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of [Israeli-Palestinian] peace from the start of my Administration.” We are eager to work with you to fulfill this goal.

To do so, your Administration should break with past policies of unconditional support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.

We agree with Aaron David Miller, a 25-year State Department Middle East negotiator and adviser on Arab-Israeli affairs, who wrote that “For far too long, many American officials involved in Arab-Israeli peacemaking, myself included, have acted as Israel's attorney, catering and coordinating with the Israelis at the expense of successful peace negotiations.”

To become an honest and effective broker, your Administration should:

* Insist that Israel ends its siege of the Gaza Strip. Israel has deliberately impoverished the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip and caused a humanitarian catastrophe of dire proportions by prohibiting the delivery of food, medicine, fuel, and electricity. Your Administration should insist on the illegality of collective punishment and support the human rights of Palestinians such as freedom of movement as a first step towards ending Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip.

* Demand a freeze in the construction of settlements and Israel's Wall in the West Bank. Israel's West Bank settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, are all illegal under international law,and the International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that Israel's Wall is illegal and must be torn down. Halting this construction should be a first step toward completely dismantling the infrastructure of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and others have labeled “apartheid.”

* Hold Israel accountable for its misuse of U.S. weapons. In 2007, the United States and Israel agreed to increase military aid to Israel by 25% over the next decade, totaling $30 billion. During the Bush Administration, Israel killed more than 2,000 innocent Palestinian civilians who took no part in hostilities, oftentimes with U.S. weapons in violation of the Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts. Your Administration should hold Israel accountable for these violations of U.S. law and cut off military aid as required by law, rather than increase it.

* End the U.S. veto protecting Israel at the United Nations. The United States has used its veto power at the UN more than 40 times since 1972 to shield Israel from the consequences of its violations of human rights, UN resolutions, and international law. Your Administration should work with, not in opposition to, the international community so that human rights, UN resolutions, and international law are applied and enforced uniformly.

* Base a just peace on human rights, international law, and equality. Such a policy is the only way to ensure the legitimate security needs of all peoples and can only be achieved by engaging in dialog with all interested parties. A just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace includes the complete end of Israel's military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip; a resolution to the Palestinian refugee issue consistent with international law and UN resolutions, including the right of return and/or compensation; and full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel. A policy denying Palestinians these internationally-guaranteed rights will only lead to yet another failed “peace process”.

To sign:
http://www.endtheoccupation.org/form.php?modin=137





Oct. 9, 2008:

Today begins Days of prayer for Vanunu and the Supreme Court that justice, mercy and compassion will rule and human rights will win:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own -Article 13:2



"What does God require? He has told you o'man! Be just, be merciful, and walk humbly with your Lord." -Micah 6:8


Background: The Vanunu Saga: 2008

 http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=50&Itemid=156



Contact President Obama:

The White House
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Washington, DC 20500

Office Public Liaison:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/


http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Comments: 202-456-1111
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FAX: 202-456-2461




Any Senator
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Any Representative
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April 8, 2008: Please Do Something. Cut and Paste the following and send it to your local newspapers and media and demand they ASK the candidates:
http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

Where are they on Gaza, Jerusalem, the rights of refugees, The Wall, the continuing settlements, the over 500 checkpoints that deny the indigenous people of that land the right to access their land, jobs and holy sites in light of this year; the 60th anniversary of Israel and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights- upon which Israel's statehood was contingent upon upholding.

A Little Background:

Just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left the region for the second time, Israel announced plans for 1,400 new homes on Palestinian land. Jerusalem's city hall announced it will build 600 new apartments in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish "neighborhood" in the eastern sector of the city and a place I visited in 2006. Pisgat Zeev is an Orwellian Disney World of swimming pools, playgrounds and lush landscape less than a five minute drive from Anata, refugee camp, where The Wall is butted up to the boy's high school.

 

The playground for Anata is a slab of cement at the high school about the square footage of a basketball court. One of the resident refugees told me, "The Israeli forces show up when the children gather in the morning or after classes. They throw percussion bombs or gas bombs into the school nearly every day. The world is sleeping; the world is hibernating and allowing this misery to continue."



"Neighborhood" is a euphemism for settlement. Every settlement in the West Bank is illegal under international law.

 

On March 31, 2008, Israel began taking down some of the 50 West Bank roadblocks it pledged to remove during Rice's visit. Israel still maintains more than 500 checkpoints and roadblocks, claiming "security" - euphemism for total control of the indigenous people's right to move and export their goods; another reason the Palestinian economy is in ruins.

"What this country needs is a President who won't just do what's right when the politics are easy, but will stand up when the politics are hard."-Senator Obama

The policies the United States has pursued since the Six Day War have failed to achieve security for Israel and have been an injustice unto Palestinians.

All we the people hear from our politicians is the same failure to lead in the way of equal human rights and international law. All we the people hear is an increasingly fervent repetition of the status quo and bankrupt policies that have brought us to this point in time where 'civilized' people consider-some even relish-the thought of unleashing the terror of another nuclear bomb.

On January 23, 2008, Senator Obama sent a letter to Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, about a proposed Security Council resolution on the situation in Gaza. Obama focused on condemning Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel, but made no mention of the ongoing Israeli bombardments and raids that have killed hundreds of innocent residents of Gaza, as well as the calculated Israeli policy of denying the necessities of life - food, clean drinking water, medicines, medical care, school supplies, and the energy needed to power sewage treatment plants and hospital operating rooms - to the 1.5 million open air prisoners, of whom more than half are children.

Obama wrote that "Israel is forced to do this." Obama denounced Hamas as a terrorist organization, but ignored its repeated offers of a long-term truce with Israel - offers the Israeli government has repeatedly immediately rejected, although polls show that more than 60 percent of Israel's own population favors negotiations with Hamas.

Not Obama, not McCain and not Clinton have offered even a word of criticism of Israel, or of sympathy for the people of Gaza.

This is not "change we can believe in" and what we the people need is the chance to begin the world again. This time we do have it in our power to begin the world again, but we need the  media to ask the questions we the people of America must have answers to.

 

Where are the candidates on Gaza, Jerusalem, the rights of refugees, The Wall, the continuing settlements, the over 500 checkpoints that deny the indigenous people of that land the right to access their land, jobs and holy sites in light of this year; the 60th anniversary of Israel and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights- upon which Israel's statehood was contingent upon upholding.

 

Having witnessed life in occupied Palestine, I attest that Military Occupation dehumanizes the occupied and will reap many without hope. Only a person without hope that things will improve could even consider strapping on a bomb and killing themselves.

 

We the people in the land of the free and home of the brave, actually have some power before we elect another president who will maintain the status quo. Yeah, we can. We can do that, we can elect a politician beholden to the Military Industrial Complex, corporate interests, the religious right and lobbyists, or we can say, no, not this time.

 

 Might this time we the people see with eyes of the dissidents, rebels and revolutionaries who founded these United States.

Might this time we see the world is our country and that all men and women are our sisters and brothers.

Might this time our leaders seek to do good and be merciful and just.

Might this time our media ask the questions too many of we the people, do not even know must be asked.

Might this time our politicians be beholden to we the people and not to any foreign power.



 
Press Release: March 25, 2008
 
16 National Religious Organizations Oppose New Nuclear Bomb Plant

Washington, DC…Sixteen national religious organizations filed formal public comments today opposing the administration's plans to build a new nuclear bomb plant that would be wasteful, unneeded, and dangerous, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) announced today.

"As religious leaders in the United States, we firmly oppose the administration’s multi-billion dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s nuclear weapons capabilities through the Department of Energy’s Complex Transformation proposal," declared a coalition of national Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant groups in written comments submitted to the Energy Department at a public hearing in Washington, DC. "We call on our political leaders to show the moral and political courage necessary to bring about a shift in our nation’s nuclear weapons posture.”

The hearing is one of a series of public events the Energy Department is holding to assess the environmental impact of Complex Transformation, the proposed plan to rebuild the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. The centerpiece of this proposal is a new nuclear weapons plant for the production of plutonium pits, the primary detonators in modern nuclear weapons. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, located 25 miles northwest of Santa Fe, NM, is the site slated for the new bomb plant.
The religious groups express concern that the facility would be used to develop a new generation of nuclear warheads, despite the moral and legal obligations of the United States to reduce its weapons arsenal.

Read the full text of the statement (PDF), organized by FCNL and the National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger, and see a list of signerssee
 http://www.faithfulsecurity.org

Learn more about Complex Transformation:
http://www.faithfulsecurity.org/html/complex_transformation.html

Or contact Jessica Wilbanks at 505-758-1206 or  



Petition to Obama: Call for Peace & Justice for Palestine


Dear Senator Obama:

As Americans who will be voting in this year's presidential elections, we have welcomed your focus on the need for new thinking about America's role in the world and your insistence that peace and security depend on respect for international law and for the rights, dignity, and common humanity of all peoples.

Surely one of the areas where it is most critical to apply these values is Israel/Palestine, where the policies the United States has pursued for 40 years have brought about neither peace nor justice. We have hoped you would articulate a new approach to this issue, one built on respect for the rights of the Palestinians as well as the Israelis.

Unfortunately, all we have heard from you so far on this issue is an increasingly fervent repetition of the same bankrupt policies pursued by George W. Bush and his predecessors. In particular, we were shocked to read your letter of January 23, 2008, to Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, about a proposed Security Council resolution on the situation in Gaza.

In it you focused on condemning Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel, but made no mention of the ongoing Israeli bombardments and raids that have killed hundreds of innocent residents of Gaza, as well as the calculated Israeli policy of denying the necessities of life - food, clean drinking water, medicines, medical care, school supplies, and the energy needed to power sewage treatment plants and hospital operating rooms - to all 1.5 million residents of the area, of whom more than half are children.  When you say that "Israel is forced to do this," we hope that you are not condoning or encouraging Israeli human rights violations. You denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization, but ignore its repeated offers of a long-term truce with Israel - offers the Israeli government has summarily rejected, even though polls show that more 60 percent of Israel's own population favor negotiations with Hamas.

The brutal and disproportionate nature of Israel's recent actions in Gaza has been condemned around the world, including by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and by the European Union. Yet you, like Hillary Clinton and John McCain, have offered not a word of criticism of Israel, nor of sympathy for the people of Gaza.

This is not "change we can believe in."

We understand that you are under intense political pressure by those who consider themselves pro-Israel. But as your campaign leaflets say, "What this country needs is a President who won't just do what's right when the politics are easy, but will stand up when the politics are hard."

This is a time to show you mean that. We call on you to condemn the Israeli assault on Gaza and to outline a new policy on Israel/Palestine based on respect for international law and the rights and dignity of the Palestinian as well as the Israeli people.

To Sign:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Obama-peace-for-Palestine



#235



It is the PEACEMAKERS who are the children of God, NOT those that bomb, torture and occupy others!

President George W. Bush
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E-Mail Congress and the White House:

    Congress: visit <www.congress.org> for
    President Bush: < >
    Vice President Cheney: vice.


CONTACT THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL TO DEMAND THAT IT STOP ESCALATING THE DEADLY CYCLE OF VIOLENCE:

    Embassy of Israel
    3514 International Dr., NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 364-5515





Please refer to
WAWA Blog January 14, 2008: When Leaders Fail; People Will Lead 

http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=
com_content&task=view&id=771&Itemid=184





My
December 27, 2007 FAXES to the empire and may they inspire you to FAX too.

The first was inspired by
the OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BY THE SURVIVORS OF THE USS LIBERTY which follows both


Dear Senator Mel Martinez and Senator Bill Nelson,

In paraphrase of Paul Revere, "The Americans are coming, the Americans are coming, the real Americans are in your face and we will not be silenced!"

The USS LIBERTY Veterans Association have for decades been seeking an open and transparent Congressional investigation so that the survivors of the brutal attack on the unarmed spy ship, the USS LIBERTY can be questioned in an open and fair hearing; which is in the best interests of America, but NOT Israel, which is not a democracy, but an ethnocracy and apartheid regime.

As a Senator, you have sworn an oath of loyalty to America to protect and serve this country; not to protect and serve Israel!

There has NEVER been a Congressional investigation to that day in infamy when LBJ said, "I don't give a damn about a few sailors. I will not embarrass an ally."

This civilian journalist and patriotic American will not be silent and will do all I can to embarrass a limp supine Congress who are beholden to AIPAC and are no allies to our Vets or we the people of America.

“Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken on faith the word of their attackers.”–Dr. Richard Kiepfer, Capt. USN ret. and USS Liberty survivor.

This civilian journalist is supporting the troops by listening to America's heroes; the survivors of the USS LIBERTY and I am reporting all on the World Wide Web.

As God is my witness, I will NOT be silent and I am in pursuit of the second American Revolution! If you want to keep power, may you gain some COMMON SENSE!

"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine


"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."-George Washington's Farewell Address – 1796

Eileen Fleming




WHITE HOUSE FAX: 202-456-2461
Mr. Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, Fax: 972-2-6513955, Email: ,
Ms. Tsipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fax: 972-2-5303704 Email:
Prof. Daniel Friedman, Minister of Justice Fax: 972-2-6287757 Email:

December 27, 2007

Dear President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Tsipi Livni, and Minister of Justice Prof. Daniel Friedman,

Enormously positive PR for Israel and America can be reaped by releasing Mordechai Vanunu to freedom from captivity to coincide with President Bush's upcoming visit to the Holy Land and Vanunu's January 8, 2008 freedom of speech appeal.

I am a firm supporter of what the state of Israel was founded upon: the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its very own words:

"On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the establishment of Israel

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19, UN UDHR

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom…to manifest his religion or belief in worship and observance.- Article 18, UN UDHR

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.- Article 9, UN UDHR

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. -Article 12, UN UDHR

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.- Article 13, UN UDHR


In my second book, MEMOIRS OF A NICE IRISH- AMERICAN 'GIRL'S' LIFE IN OCCUPIED TERRITORY, I likened Vanunu to the prophet Jeremiah, who also endured years of house arrest in Jerusalem for speaking truth to power. Prophets do not necessarily predict the future, but they do point out impending doom and are not appreciated or accepted by their own.

If Israel insists on sending Vanunu back to jail, I will not be silent. I will turn Vanunu into a martyr for freedom of thought, speech and religious apartheid.

In Solidarity with Micah 6:8 and in the words of the IDF to me at every checkpoint: "Have a nice day."

Eileen Fleming



OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BY THE SURVIVORS OF THE USS LIBERTY

December 26, 2007


I have been writing letters to our elected officials for the past 20 years, trying to get a congressional investigation into the deliberate attack on the USS LIBERTY on June 8, 1967 by the government of Israel. This atrocity and cold-blooded murder of America’s sons on the high seas was an act of war against the United States of America, not to mention the numerous war crimes committed against the crew of the USS LIBERTY.

Being that this is America where there exists at least a small shred of freedom, including freedom of speech and the right of redress to our government, let me speak to you then like an American, and as you read this, remember something, you asked for it. A great man once said ‘What you sow also shall you reap,’ and with that in mind what you are about to hear from me–which mirrors the thoughts and feelings of not only my fellow crew members but also a good portion of the American people, is a badge that you have earned by your own actions, so wear it with pride.

You, our elected officials, are in truth nothing but a bunch of stooges and front men for the government of Israel. Whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, no matter what. If you don’t follow their every want and need you won’t be in congress very long and you damned-well know it. The power the Israeli Lobby has over you is only slightly less sickening than what is your willingness to bow to their every damned demand. You are as guilty of murdering my shipmates as the Israelis are. You have their blood on your hands because you continue to cover up the truth concerning what happened to them. In a better time in America’s history, that would be considered treason, every bit as much as Benedict Arnold attempting to turn over West Point to the British during our own war for freedom. Were you ordinary people and not members of the US Congress your crimes would be considered accessory to murder and you would be put away for life.

You took an oath to protect and serve and honor the Constitution of the United States, not to serve Israel, and yet you serve the Jewish state rather than your own nation and even when you know it’s wrong. They are your masters and always will be until you get some backbone and say ‘enough already’.

The USS LIBERTY Veterans Association wants a Congressional investigation so that we–the survivors of the nearly-2-hour attack–can be questioned in an open and fair hearing. If an American ship were attacked by any other country, and especially by one of those other Middle Eastern countries that are on Israel’s hit-list, you know full-well that there would be investigations coming out our ears to the point where no other business in Congress would be taking place. Is this–a proper investigation into an act of war perpetrated against the people of the United States–to ask of our elected members of Congress who swore an oath of loyalty to the US by combat wounded veterans who swore an oath to protect and serve this country? Many gave their lives doing just that.

But we know what is really going on here, don’t we now, Mr. or Mz. Congressperson? We all know why a proper investigation cannot be allowed to take place, which is that the truth will overcome the mountain of lies that Israel has vomited out these 40 years about the attack being a case of ‘mistaken identity’, and we all know what would happen once the American people found out the truth, which is that Israel would be cut off from Uncle Sam’s generous bank account, or worse.

The last letter I got from my senator, Ken Salazar, on Nov. 27,2007 states as follows:

“Dear Phil,

Thank you for your letter regarding the 1967 attack on the U.S.S. Liberty. I appreciate hearing from you.

Multiple investigations have concluded that the Israeli forces who attacked the ship mistook it for an Egyptian vessel. The Israeli and U.S. governments closed the case in 1987, and the Israeli government has paid more that $13 million in reparations.

At this time, I do not think an additional investigation is necessary.

Again, thank you for writing.

Sincerely,

Ken Salazar

United States Senator

This was the standard form letter all of you send out to the survivors and the public. In fact, there has been only one investigation through the Board of Inquiry, which was a sham and cover-up for Israel. Look in the congressional record, senator, and show me where and when all of these ‘investigations’ took place. You can’t, and for one simple reason–THERE NEVER HAS BEEN ANY, NOT ONE. What you wrote me was a bold face lie and what that makes you sir is a liar, despite your undeserved title of ‘Honorable’. The proof of this is that a letter was sent from the Department of the Navy in response to an inquiry by Congressman Robert Simmons from Connecticut. His inquiry was made on March 16, 2005 and it clearly states that the Navy’s 5-day sham investigation is the ONLY investigation ever made by the U.S. Government, period! Check with your colleague for verification. One of the men who signed off on the Board of Inquiry, Captain Ward Boston, has recently come forward and said the Board of Inquiry was a lie which he was ordered to produce. That order came from none other than Admiral John S. McCain, Jr, Senator McCain’s father and the inquiry that should have lasted at least 6 months by Navy standards took less than ten days.

The money Israel paid our government for the attack was given to them by the U.S. Israel was out nothing, not one a dime. The ship alone was worth $40 million, for God’s sake. Don’t you think that this alone is proof of the US being short-changed? But then, this is what always happens when you deal with Israel, and what we don’t give her willingly she steals by spying. Case in point, Jonathan Pollard, and who knows how many others.

By the way, Senator Salazar, in your letter you did not even mention a word about the men murdered that day or the wounded, nor did you say a kind word to their families for the heartaches they have endured these last 40 years. That in itself is disgusting and disrespectful towards the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military. Shame on you. You won’t honor our fallen heroes, you could care less. I can say one thing for certain though, which is that had you been there that day and experienced what we experienced or had you lost a son or brother as a result of ‘our friend’ Israel, you would not be so quick to give her a clean bill of health.

To all of you in Congress, once the American public finds out that you have been covering up for the government of Israel and our government, you will all be looking for new jobs, and that is putting it mildly. Nobody wants a bunch of flunkies and liars working for them and never before in the history of any nation have there been as many flunkies and liars than the US Congress today.

ANALYSIS

TRAITORS, COWARDS AND A “PARLIMENT OF WHORES”*

What better words define and describe the disloyal and treasonous government officials, who on June 8, 1967 allowed over 200 American sailors on the unarmed U.S.S. Liberty to be murdered and wounded in broad daylight in international waters in what was a deliberate attack by Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats? Incredibly, these same subservient public officials, apparently owing their allegiance to a foreign entity, collaborated to protect a guilty Israel from public condemnation and punishment by manipulating and relegating the bloody massacre into a political black hole for four decades.

TRAITORS

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Sec of Defense Robert McNamara qualified as co-perpetrators in treason by ordering and executing the pull back of American aircraft responding to desperate calls from the helpless Liberty crew, and permitting the massacre to continue. Finally, the co-conspirators initiated and orchestrated a criminal cover up that remains in place to this day.

COWARDS

Every one of the faceless, gutless government officials and bureaucrats who know the truth and dare not to act or speak out.

“PARLIMENT OF WHORES”*

*(Patrick J. Buchanan’s incisive characterization of Congress’s servile sellout relationship with Israel.)

To date Congress has fearfully evaded and defaulted on its oversight responsibility to conduct an independent and open investigation to expose the truth of the deliberate and unprovoked attack on the U.S.S. Liberty by Israel. In fact, no investigation has ever been held at any level of government to investigate the Israeli treachery. Israeli political actions committees paid off and threatened members of Congress well for the pass - approximately $3,300,000.00 in the latest 2005-2006 election cycle, and over $50,000,000.00 since 1978. Of course a grateful Congress has reciprocated, having given lavishly to the Mideast mini state over $100,000,000,000.00 of U.S. taxpayers’ money. A return on investment that would put Warren Buffet to shame. Enough!

Allow the words of a few others finish this letter–“If American leaders did not have the courage to punish Israel for the blatant murder of American citizens, their American friends would let them get away with almost anything”–George Ball, Assistant Secretary of State, 1967

“The nation which indulges toward another… is in some degree a slave….a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.”–President George Washington farewell address, Sept.17, 1796

“Never before in the history of the United States Navy has a Navy Board of Inquiry ignored the testimony of American military eyewitnesses and taken on faith the word of their attackers.”–Dr. Richard Kiepfer, Capt. USN ret. and USS Liberty survivor

Phillip F. Tourney, survivor of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty is a hero and a friend of mine.







Winter Soldiers, according to founding father Thomas Paine, are the people who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours.

Mark Wilkerson went to Iraq a true believer: He supported the president, the war, and the troops he was fighting with. But what he saw on the ground forced him to question everything he'd ever known—and to decide he'd never go back.

 Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.

From its inception, IVAW has called for:

    * Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
    * Reparations for the destruction and corporate pillaging of Iraq so that Iraqi people can control their own lives and future; and
    * Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.


Support the Troops Who Oppose the War

This spring, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is revealing the reality of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In what will be history's largest gathering of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Iraqi and Afghan survivors, eyewitnesses will share their experiences in a public investigation called Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan.

Truth, honesty and integrity are essential components to a functioning democracy. Concerned veterans are taking it upon themselves to make their available to everyone who cares about the direction of our country.

Soldiers and Marines are not to blame for the suffering of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, these veterans stories will indicate that responsibility belongs to those in the seat of power and the problem goes much deeper than the atrocities of Abu Ghraib and Haditha.

This public investigation will be called the Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan. Winter Soldiers, according to founding father Thomas Paine, are the people who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours. The lives of millions of people depend on Americans having informed opinions and acting in accordance to their principles. The lives of thousand service members and civilians depend on you being a Winter Soldier.

To sign on to this statement and truly demonstrate your support for our troops click:

http://www.ivaw.org/wintersoldierstatementofsupport

 "We have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine





Please read the International Statement for a Middle East free of all Weapons of Mass Destruction, and then let President Bush know how you feel:
 

WHITE HOUSE COMMENTS LINE: 202-456-1111
WHITE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD: 202-456-1414
WHITE HOUSE FAX: 202-456-2461

Despite the unfolding tragedy in Iraq and the dangerously spiraling crises in the Middle East, another war of an unprecedented scale, this time against Iran, is looming. The environmental and human cost of this war would, by comparison, dwarf the suffering in Iraq; it would engulf the region and have serious and unforeseen global consequences.

Terrifyingly, even "pre-emptive" nuclear strikes on Iran have not been ruled out. The introduction of the notion of limited "surgical strikes" involving tactical nuclear bunker busters, has not only increased such possibility, it has brought the morally unthinkable into the realm of debatable. By the introduction of the idea itself, it has begun the process of desensitising the public to such a horror. The logical outcome of the nuclear threat is undoubtedly a drive to nuclear proliferation in the region, which would then increase the likelihood of its eventual use. In this eventuality, there will be no winners.

At this perilous time, let us be reminded of the joint Manifesto by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein of July 1955, at the height of the Cold War: "We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species, Man, whose continued existence is in doubt ... We shall try to say no single word which should appeal to one group rather than to another. All, equally, are in peril, and, if the peril is understood, there is hope that they may collectively avert it. ... The question we have to ask ourselves is: what steps can be taken to prevent a military conflict of which the issue must be disastrous to all species?"

The stakes now are at least equally high. It is with this same spirit of shared humanity that we reach out to all peace loving people in the world to subscribe to the following steps to reduce the risk of a nuclear confrontation.

With this aim in mind, we, the undersigned:

1. Call for the Middle East to be a zone free from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.

2. Call upon Israel, as the only Middle Eastern state suspected of possession of nuclear weapons, to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and become fully transparent by opening its clandestine nuclear facilities to international inspections and supervision by International Atomic Energy Agency. Any nuclear weapons or programme and facility in abrogation of the guidelines of the NPT to be dismantled and removed.

3. Call for the dispute about Iran’s nuclear programme, to be resolved through peaceful means, through negotiations and dialogue with the representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and through such measures deemed necessary by the IAEA, in accordance with the guidelines of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which Iran is a current signatory.

4. Welcome Iran’s declaration of the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme, but urge Iran’s full co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid suspicion and misunderstanding.

5. Strongly condemn the Israeli government for its continued harassment, conviction and now prison sentence imposed on Mordechai Vanunu, for simply talking to foreign journalists. We call upon the Israeli authorities to lift all restrictions on Vanunu and allow him to go free.

Signed:

Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (UK and USA)
Campaign for a Nuclear Free Middle East (UK)
The Israeli Committee for a Middle East Free from Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK)
Code Pink (USA)
Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA)
Global Exchange (USA)
Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)
Just Foreign Policy (USA)
Massachusetts Peace Action (USA)
Middle East Citizens Assembly
Middle East Crisis Coalition (USA)
Muslim Association of Britain (UK)
Muslim Council of Britain (UK)
No Nuclear Weapons (Norway)
Palestinian Return Centre (UK)
Pax Christi (USA)
Peace Action (USA)
Stop the War Coalition (UK)
The 1990 Trust (UK)
United for Justice with Peace (USA)

Shirin Ebadi - Nobel Peace Prize 2003
Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams - joint Nobel Peace Prize 1976
Harold Pinter - Nobel Prize for Literature 2005
Jody Williams - Nobel Prize 1997 (Landmines Campaign)



"Love is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of open cities. Love is not killing......Our manifesto is the Sermon on the Mount, which means that we will try to be peacemakers." -Dorothy Day



This email is also available online at:

 www.cmep.org/Alerts/2007Nov12.htm 

Corinne Whitlatch, Executive Director
November 12, 007


Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, members of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, were in Washington last week to meet with U.S. lawmakers and their American co-religionists to express their shared commitment to work for peace.  In a public statement (included in full below along with a list of the Council members) the clerics pledged to "find the right way to live together in peace" and promised cooperation related to the Holy Sites that "respects their integrity and independence and avoids any act of desecration, aggression or harm." On the issue of Jerusalem the leaders said they will "work to secure open access to the Old City for all communities, and seek a common vision for this city which all of us regard as holy."  

The initiative was funded by a grant from the US Agency of International Development and is based on the efforts of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to foster new and creative ways to build trust and strengthen respect among communities in the region. Cardinal McCarrick and Amb. Tony Hall were instrumental in arranging their visit and meetings.  The Council members met with Sec. Rice when she was in the region in October, and during their visit to Washington with C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs as well as members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Churches for Middle East Peace board and staff attended a reception with the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders from the Holy Land. 

Also last week, the U.S. National Interreligious Leadership Initiative (NILI) released a letter to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns ahead of their meeting on November 9. This was the fourth in a series of State Department meeting for the group this year. Among the 36 religious leaders endorsing the letter are: Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archdiocese of Washington; Most Rev. William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore; Most Rev. William Skylstad, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church; Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Orthodox Church; Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA;  Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Episcopal Church; John H. Thomas, President, United Church of Christ; Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); The Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, State Clerk, PCUSA; Bishop Ann B. Sherer, United Methodist Church; The Rev. Michael Livingston, President, National Council of Churches.

 
 
 
TAKE ACTION

Encourage Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation in Your Community: Share the Holy Land Council Communiqué and the NILI letter with Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and individuals in your community. Links to the statements in PDF format for easy printing are below.

Call your Rep. to Support Ackerman-Boustany Letter: The letter closes this Friday, Nov. 16th and currently has 89 signers. Your calls tomorrow, Nov 13th, together with members of collegial Jewish and Arab-American organizations, will send a strong message of support for peacemaking. The Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask your Rep. to support the upcoming Annapolis meeting by signing on to the Ackerman- Boustany letter. See CMEP's Oct 22nd action alert for further advocacy guidance.

 
 Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land Communiqué

This is a public statement from the Heads of Communities and Institutions of the three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land released on November 7th during several days of meetings in Washington, DC.


All of us believe in one Creator and Guide of the Universe. We believe that the essence of religion is to worship Him and respect the life and dignity of all human beings, regardless of religion, nationality and gender.

We accordingly commit ourselves to using our positions of leadership, and the influence of our good offices, to advance these sacred values, to prevent religion from being used as a source of conflict, and instead serve the goals of just and comprehensive peace and reconciliation.

Our respective Holy Places have become a major element in our conflict. We lament that this is the case, as our respective attachments to our holy places should not be a cause of bloodshed, let alone be sites of violence or other expressions of hatred. Holy places must remain dedicated to prayer and worship only, places where believers have free access and put themselves in the presence of the Creator. Holy places are there for believers to draw inspiration to strengthen their acceptance and love of Almighty and all His creatures, from all religions and all nationalities.

Accordingly each religious community should treat the Holy Sites of the other faiths in a manner that respects their integrity and independence and avoids any act of desecration, aggression or harm.

We, believers from three religions, have been placed in this land, Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is our responsibility to find the right way to live together in peace rather than to fight and kill one other. Palestinians yearn for the end to occupation and for what they see as their inalienable rights. Israelis long for the day when they can live in personal and national security. Together we must find ways of reaching these goals.

Towards these ends we are actively working to:                

1.   Establish "hot line" procedures of rapid communication among ourselves in order to address and advise government officials regarding issues of protection of and access to Holy Sites before such issues become cause for conflict.

2.   Establish mechanisms to monitor media for derogatory representations of any religion, and issue statements in response to such representations.

3.   Together reflect on the future of Jerusalem, support the designation of the Old City of Jerusalem as a World Heritage Site, work to secure open access to the Old City for all communities, and seek a common vision for this city which all of us regard as holy.

4.   Promote education for mutual respect and acceptance in schools and in the media. We will sponsor a conference for Israeli and Palestinian educators, academics and Ministers of Education on "The Role of Religion in Educating for Peace: Principles and Practices."

5.   Demonstrate through our relations that differences can and should be addressed through dialogue rather than through violence, and strive to bring this message to our respective communities and political leaders that they may embrace this approach accordingly.

6.   Provide ongoing consultation to our government leaders, and through the example of our work together remind them that the interests of one community can only be served by also respecting and valuing the humanity and interests of all other communities. 

Jewish Council members include Rabbi Shlomo Amar - Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yonah Metzger - Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen - Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi David Rosen and Oded Wiener -- Director General of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.  

Christian Council members include Patriarch Theophilos III - Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Patriarch Michel Sabah, - Latin Patriarchate, Bishop Suheil Dawani - The Anglican Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, Bishop Munib Younan - Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Holy Land and Jordan.  

Muslim Council members include Shaykh Tayseer Rajab Hamed Bayoud Tamimi - Supreme Judge of the Sharia Courts in the Palestine Department, Sheik Jamal Bawatnah - Minister of Awqaf, Salah Zuhayka - Assistant Secretary of the Waqf, Sheikh Hatem Hilmi Bakri and Sheikh Abdel Salam Mraish. 

Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace is a Washington-based program of the Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Friars OFM (English Speaking Conference, JPIC Council), Friends Committee on National Legislation, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee, Moravian Church in America, National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church (GBCS & GBGM).

Churches for Middle East Peace
Email:

Phone: 202-543-1222
Web:
http://www.cmep.org 
 



THE WORLD IS WATCHING


Send a letter of protest condemning the decision of the Israeli government to begin withholding electricity, water and goods from the Gaza Strip. These actions are inhumane and illegal under international law.

In a Cabinet decision announced September 18th, the Israeli government responded to ongoing rocket attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza into northern Israel by declaring all of Gaza a 'hostile territory'. This opens the door to cutting off all passage into Gaza and to halting the supply of services on which Gaza depends. An Israeli government official said, "We will reduce the amount of megawattage we provide to the Strip, and Hamas will have to decide whether to provide electricity to hospitals or weapons lathes."

U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice, refused to condemn the Israeli move, despite her pronouncement that the U.S. "will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs." Remind her that cutting the utilities to the whole civilian population in the Gaza Strip makes a mockery of her promise.

Remind Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, that these measures amount to collective punishment, and instead of making the citizens of southern Israel safer, will only increase the frequency of the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.


http://www.democracyinaction.org/

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 Since 1948, the exodus of indigenous Christians [who are the descendants of first century Christians] has reduced their numbers from 20% of the total population of the Holy Land, to less than 1.3% since 1948. The reasons for the exodus of the most well educated and consistently nonviolent citizens, is due to the now 40 years of occupation, the lack of economic opportunities, The Wall which divides them from their land, resources, families and holy sites and the increasing sense of hopelessness that fuels militancy and the growth of fundamentalism within all three branches of Father Abraham's offspring's.

 

On June 16, 2007 , over 40 representatives and heads of organizations, public committees, and local councils, serving and representing the civil society in the Bethlehem area, met and issued a Statement of 11 points regarding the Gaza crisis

http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=548  .

 

These representatives have boldly condemned what happened in Gaza and are seeking dialogue, unity between Gaza and the West Bank, an end to the 40 years of occupation of Palestine and compassion and assistance to ease the suffering of innocent civilians, especially the ill, the weak, the poor, the children and the least in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

On June 7, 2007, Congress began the debate on S. Res. 224, which supports a two-state solution and the critical need for robust diplomacy and peace negotiations. http://www.cmep.org/Legislative_Issues/SRes224.pdf

 

NOW is the time for every American Christian to connect with their sisters and brothers in the Holy Land, who are known as the "Forgotten Faithful" and for ALL thoughtful, concerned Americans to become an active participant in seeking Justice which will lead to security and peace in the Middle East.

Please phone and faxing your Senators to support S.Res. 224 as Churches for Middle East Peace has done. http://www.cmep.org/

 

The only way to heal the Holy Land is by guaranteeing that all people do indeed have inalienable human rights as outlined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Israel agreed to uphold and was contingent upon their statehood.

 

Diplomacy requires open dialogue and only justice will lead to security and peace.

 

FIND YOUR SENATOR'S PHONE NUMBER and thanks for asking them to co-sponsor Senate Res. 224
on Israeli-Palestinian Peace:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


"Blessed are the Peacemakers: THEY are the children of God."-Jesus


"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official."
~Theodore Roosevelt


The TOP 5, 2005-2006 Election Cycle Senate Recipients of Pro-Israel PAC Funds

Joe Lieberman, D-CT          127,093
Bill Nelson, D-FL.                  89,861
Jon Kyl, R-AZ.                       87,000
Debbie Stabenow, D-MI.         85,796
Robert Mendez, D-NJ             84,835
Rick Santorum, R-PA.            75,500

From 2005-2006, Pro-Israel Funds to Congress TOTALED:  $3,277,693


The TOTAL 2005-2006 Election Cycle Congressional recipients of Arab American PAC Funds to Congress TOTALED: $80,500.


$1,000 was received by 4 Congressional Reps.
$2,000 was received by 27 and the maximum of
$8,000 was received by Lincoln Chaffe, R-RI

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2007 edition


This email is also available online at:

www.cmep.org/Alerts/2007June15.htm 

Corinne Whitlatch, Executive Director
June 15, 2007


The violence and chaos in Gaza is cause for alarm and dismay for all those who yearn for peace in the Holy Land.  The current crisis is bringing untold hardship to ordinary Gazans, threatens to spill over into the West Bank and Israel and jeopardizes progress toward a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The present situation underscores the urgent need for a political process that can restore hope for peace to Palestinians and Israelis.   

Below is a statement from the heads of churches in Jerusalem calling for an end to the fighting between Fatah and Hamas and urging all sides to work for peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.  Lutheran Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, in a separate statement, emphasized the need for urgent work on the peace process, "If you want to bring an end to the horrific violence in the Middle East and if you are concerned as I am by the rampant growth of religious extremism: please, I urge you from Jerusalem, get serious about implementing the two- state solution..."   

 
 An urgent call from The Heads of Churches to the members of Fateh and Hamas

June 14th , 2007 


On the recent 40th Anniversary of the Occupation we urged all sides to work for peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. How painful and awful then that now we have to say stop all domestic fighting. 

The fighting has struck at the most vulnerable timing thus diverting International attention away from the National issue with its priorities and so disappointing the Palestinian people's hope of attaining independence together with freedom from Occupation with its related aspects. 

This domestic fighting where the brother draws his weapon in the face of his brother is detrimental to all the aspirations of achieving security and stability for the Palestinian People.

In the name of the One and only God as well as in the name of each devastated Palestinian many of whom are still dying, we urge our brothers in Fateh and Hamas movements to listen to the voice of reason, truth and wisdom. So we implore that you immediately announce the cessation of all bloody fighting and to return back to the path of dialogue and attempt through understanding to solve all differences. In this urgent appeal we would draw attention to that which both parties have in common assuring them that it is greater that their differences. The national and land cause must be greater than any other consideration.

In this belief we urgently ask both movements to listen and put aside all weapons so concentrating on ending the Occupation in a peaceful manner based on National fundamentals and International legitimacy in order to achieve freedom for all the people together with an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its Capital.

 
Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace is a Washington-based program of the Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Armenian Orthodox Church, Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Friars OFM (English Speaking Conference, JPIC Council), Friends Committee on National Legislation, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee, Moravian Church in America, National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church (GBCS & GBGM).

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The following from Churches for Middle East Peace http://www.cmep.org 

40 YEARS AFTER 1967 WAR: NEED FOR PEACE GREATER THAN EVER

The beginning of June marks forty years since the 1967 War between Israel and the Arab states and the beginning of the occupation. The war and the ensuing occupation drastically altered the daily reality of the conflict while at the same time creating a mode by which it could be resolved through territorial compromise. The "land for peace" formula, enshrined in UN resolution 242, laid the groundwork for the two- state solution and is the basis of the recently re- launched Arab League Peace Initiative.

However, four decades later, this peace has yet to be realized and the years of unresolved conflict have wreaked havoc on both Israelis and Palestinians and continue to damage a region that has failed to stabilize, to the detriment of all of its peoples and to the national security interests of the United States. The escalating violence in and around Gaza, with intra- Palestinian fighting, rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups and Israeli military responses, is threatening to usher in yet another summer of war and only highlights the urgent need for a resolution of the conflict. Without a political context that includes a viable peace process, Palestinian factional hostilities, Israeli domestic politics, and the new spiraling violence in Gaza may overtake any possible progress.

As we mark this 40th anniversary, now is a time to seize opportunities for moving forward. The end-game for Israeli- Palestinian peace is known: two states based on the 1967 borders, with a secure Israel living alongside a viable and contiguous Palestinian state and sharing the city of Jerusalem. The United States has a unique role to play in bringing the two parties together to work toward the goal of final status negotiations.

"U.S. Must Lead for Middle East Progress", Mara Rudman and Brian Katulis, Washingtonpost.com, May 28, 2007 

The United States can help make the difference in this equation, aided by regional and other actors, by laying out a political horizon, a path for getting there, and committing itself to be a reliable participant in the process..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/

content/article/2007/05/28/AR2007052801669_pf.html 



 Church Leaders' Letter to President Bush

January 23, 2007

Dear Mr. President,

As leaders of churches and Christian institutions in the United States, we bring you greetings for the New Year and encouragement as you meet the challenges that face our nation and the global community. Even though we are from a wide range of Christian traditions – Orthodox, Catholic, mainstream and evangelical Protestants – we stand close together in our hopes and prayers for peace in the land we all call Holy and for the reconciliation of the children of Abraham – Jews, Christians and Muslims.

We come to you with two interrelated appeals that are central to our faith-motivated quest for peace with justice. First, we ask that you make Israeli- Palestinian peacemaking, in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace initiative, an urgent priority for your Administration. We recognize the great many difficulties and struggles that the people of the Middle East region must confront and the heavy responsibilities that fall upon you to help restore hope for a better future for them and for the citizens of the United States. We know that many view the Israeli-Palestinian situation as the most intractable in our troubled world, but we know that when it is resolved, the positive repercussions will go well beyond that small geographic area.

We commend your vision of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state living as a peaceful neighbor alongside the state of Israel, with both nations secure and recognized by their neighbors. With your active engagement, this vision could reignite a passion for peace that can overcome the appeal of violence, vengeance and exclusivity. The United States and the world will become safer as confidence grows that the U.S. is willing to take leadership and work cooperatively with the United Nations and other nations to resolve this conflict.

We bring to you our deepening concern for the welfare and future of the Palestinian Christian community. A small but vital part of the Palestinian society, Christians are rapidly emigrating to countries where they can gain the economic and physical security that is denied all Palestinians living under occupation. The future of the Palestinian Christians requires a solution to the conflict that will allow both peoples – Israelis and Palestinians - to live side-by- side in two states where all enjoy justice, peace and security.

The Palestinian Christian leaders have asked us to bring to your attention the very grave situation of Jerusalem. They remind us that Jerusalem is the location of “not only historical memories and sacred places of pilgrimage, but also living communities of believers.” With the construction by Israel of the separation barrier, many of the faithful – both Christians and Muslims – are excluded from the Holy City, and Jerusalem is severed from Bethlehem. Our second appeal is for you to work with Israelis, Palestinians and the international community to guarantee access to Jerusalem’s Holy Places and religious liberty for all peoples. Resolving the status of Jerusalem is key to achieving a workable two- state solution.

Mr. President, as this New Year begins, we encourage you to maintain the faith, the courage and the resolve to work with other world leaders toward negotiations that guarantee two viable and secure states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by- side and sharing Jerusalem. For guidance we look to the examples of the great prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah who declared that God calls all nations and all people to do justice to one another. We join in praying for peace in the Holy Land and at home.

Sincerely,

The Most Rev. Archbishop Barsamian
Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)

+Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos
Ecumenical Officer
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Bishop Thomas G. Wenski
Chairman, Committee on International Policy
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop
The Episcopal Church

Are joined by:

The Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette
President, Provincial Elders’ Conference
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province

Simone Campbell, SSS
Executive Director
NETWORK

Tony Campolo
Founder
Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education

Sister Mary Dacey, SSJ
President
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Marie Dennis
Director
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Rev. Robert Edgar
General Secretary
National Council of Churches

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
General Secretary
Reformed Church in America

Ken Hackett
President
Catholic Relief Services

Rev. Dr. Stan Hastey
Executive Director
Alliance of Baptists

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Very Rev. Dominic Izzo, OP
President
Catholic Conference of Major Superiors of Men's Institutes

Rev. Phillip L. Jones
Director, Washington Office
Church of the Brethren

Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Michael E. Livingston
Executive Director, International Council of Community Churches
President, National Council of Churches

Albert C. Lobe
Interim Executive Director
Mennonite Central Committee

E. Earl McCloud, Jr. Bishop
Office of Ecumenical & Urban Affairs
African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. John L. McCullough
Executive Director & CEO
Church World Service

Mary Ellen McNish
General Secretary
American Friends Service Committee

A. Roy Medley
General Secretary
American Baptist Churches U.S.A.

Richard J. Mouw
President
Fuller Seminary

David Neff
Editor and Vice-President
Christianity Today

Leonard Rodgers
Executive Director
Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding

Br. Mark Schroeder, OFM
President, Franciscan Friars (OFM)
English Speaking Conference
JPIC Council

Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)
Primate
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Ambassador Robert A. Seiple
Former Ambassador-at-Large for International
Religious Freedom

Ronald J. Sider
President
Evangelicals for Social Action

Rev. William G. Sinkford
President
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Msgr. Robert L. Stern
Secretary General, CNEWA
President, Pontifical Mission for Palestine

The Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

Joe Volk
Executive Secretary
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Jim Wallis
CEO
Sojourners/Call to Renewal

The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Corinne Whitlatch
Executive Director
Churches for Middle East Peace

Bishop Gabino Zavala
Bishop President
Pax Christi USA: National Catholic Peace Movement

http://www.cmep.org/Alerts/2007Jan24.htm 





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The Israel Lobby

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread 'democracy' throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

Instead, the thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the 'Israel Lobby'. Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical.

Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing that given to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct economic and military assistance since 1976, and is the largest recipient in total since World War Two, to the tune of well over $140 billion (in 2004 dollars). Israel receives about $3 billion in direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget, and worth about $500 a year for every Israeli. This largesse is especially striking since Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to that of South Korea or Spain.

Other recipients get their money in quarterly installments, but Israel receives its entire appropriation at the beginning of each fiscal year and can thus earn interest on it. Most recipients of aid given for military purposes are required to spend all of it in the US, but Israel is allowed to use roughly 25 per cent of its allocation to subsidise its own defence industry. It is the only recipient that does not have to account for how the aid is spent, which makes it virtually impossible to prevent the money from being used for purposes the US opposes, such as building settlements on the West Bank. Moreover, the US has provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop weapons systems, and given it access to such top-drawer weaponry as Blackhawk helicopters and F-16 jets. Finally, the US gives Israel access to intelligence it denies to its Nato allies and has turned a blind eye to Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

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by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
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The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
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