February 5, 2012
At a recent Republican presidential primary debate, Palestinian American Abraham Hassan said the following to the Republican candidates:
“I’m here to tell you we do exist.”
Hassan is a self-described Palestinian American Republican from Jacksonville, Florida. During the debate, he asked the following question:
“How would a Republican Administration help bring peace to Palestine and Israel, when most candidates barely recognize Palestine or its people?”
Former Governor Mitt Romney and Speaker Newt Gingrich both responded with one-sided answers that laid all the blame at the feet of Palestinian leaders.
But the first step is to ask the right question — and we applaud Mr. Hassan for doing so.
December 26, 2011
In a speech delivered last month, US diplomat Andrew J. Shapiro revealed the enormous extent of US military aid to Israel — including his goal of increasing that aid and reducing Congressional oversight.
Freedom Forward Analyst Patrick J. Finn, PhD, has written an insightful review of Shapiro’s speech — as well as what Shapiro failed to mention. While Shapiro spent an awful lot of time talking about the “unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” he didn’t once mention the word occupation.
In his speech, Shapiro also didn’t mention that the gift of US weapons is what helps Israel maintain that brutal occupation of Palestinian communities.
Shapiro is the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs — the man whose team is the US State Department’s “principal link to the Department of Defense.”
Click here to read Patrick Finn’s insightful analysis.
December 10, 2011
On the eve of International Human Rights Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “Israel will continue to proudly raise the torch of freedom and human rights.”
The YouTube speech was published online the day before International Human Rights Day — Saturday, December 10th.
In that speech, Netanyahu made no mention that the Israeli military uses US taxdollars to force millions of Palestinians to live under a brutal occupation.
Don’t let this blatant misrepresentation of Palestinian suffering go unchallenged.
1. Click “thumbs down” on YouTube.
2. Tell Congress that you reject Netanyahu’s latest falsehoods. US taxdollars should not fund Israeli occupation.
If elected US officials or their staff watch this speech, they need to know that voting constituents find it reprehensible.
The Palestinian people deserve freedom. So long as US tax dollars bankroll the Israeli military, their cause is our moral responsibility.
December 4, 2011
Will you support UNESCO’s call to protect Palestinian heritage and culture?
Your action is especially important because opponents of Palestinian freedom in the US are emailing UNESCO with messages of opposition.
One month back, Palestine was accepted as a full member to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a landslide vote. Out of 173 total votes, 107 votes supported the move, 52 abstained, and only 14 voted no.
In response, laws written by Congress were immediately triggered that cut off US funding to the UN organization. US law currently requires a cutoff in aid to any UN organization that recognizes a Palestinian state. Until the aid cut, US funding for UNESCO accounted for 22% of the agency’s total annual budget — $80 million a year.
Why is UNESCO being punished for recognizing the right to freedom for the Palestinian people?
Please thank UNESCO for its vote. Palestinians deserve freedom and international recognition. Congress should stop standing in the way.
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