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 Israeli-Palestinian conflict
picture 5 Jun 2006 @ 10:30, by Scotty

I’m not Arab - I’m not Muslim - I’m not Jewish …I don’t know much about Middle East politics so why should I even care ?

The hardships of the occupation are creating a decline in quality of life and many innocent people are dying .

This is a conflict in which neither Palestinians nor Israelis are benefiting. Families are mourning on both sides of the security fence.

OK more people are dying in Sudan and Tibet is occupied too and the AIDS epidemic in Africa is getting worse. So - why should I care about what happens in Palestine?

Well – for one thing media coverage seems (to me) to be interested in nothing more than selling papers … highlighting only the actions of extremist groups.

To represent all Palestinians as suicide bombers is like representing all white Christian Americans as the Ku Klux Klan or representing all Jews as part of the violent Israeli settler movement.

This selective use of media coverage only provides us with illusions as to the real severity of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine … so it’s understandable that the rest of the world finds ourselves ignorant of the situation in Israel.

Palestinians make up the largest refugee population in the world with over 4.2 million persons registered with UN Relief and Works Agency .
And yet - the United States gives Israel more continuous aid than any other country….. from 1949 to 1997 $84 billion of U.S. aid went to Israel !

This means that the American people – willingly or unwillingly - are contributing to the unrest in the Middle East ….. from the Palestinian children injured and killed by the Israeli Defence Force to the suicide bombings that indiscriminately take innocent Jewish Muslim and Arab lives.

Disagreeing with U.S.- Israeli policies does not make me anti-Semitic.
I do not think it is anti-Semitic to question the actions of a government
It would be anti-humain to close ones eyes and ignore such actions.

The Palestinian cause is no different than any other ongoing social justice issues in which one group is being occupied or oppressed by another … Ireland Tibet South Africa or the U.S. Civil rights movement Gay rights Womens rights to name but a few.

Martin Luther King Jr said ….. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."







(Perhaps some of you would like to know of an International Network for Peace. Women in Black, Baltimore joins with other women’s organizations worldwide to advocate for peace, justice, and an end to violence worldwide.... [link] )


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