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Friday, November 14, 2003

"a position that CJJP could support"

Colorado Jews for a Just Peace
The following sequence of emails was sent to me by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. It sheds some light on the workings of this supposed "peace" group, especially the fact that they are being fed opinions by political activist Omar Jabara, described by Dave Kopel at the Rocky Mtn News as "a consistent sources of excellent news tips" and by the Arab American Institute as "one of the leaders" of Boulder's Arab American community. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that; it's just that I thought it was Jews for peace, not Whoever, against Israel. You decide:

Hi all,
Rob has forwarded a Post editorial which actually takes a position that CJJP could support. If you are so inspired, please send a letter to the editor commending their viewpoint. You might mention the Geneva Accords as well.
If you write a letter, please send me a copy to circulate to the list.

From: robertjprince@comcast.net
To: Leslie.Lomas@colorado.edu (Leslie Lomas)
Subject: [prioritypeace] Israel/Palestine Editorial in Post (fwd)
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 17:30:05 +0000

i'm going to get on this tomorrow as i am swamped today, but i think it is important for others to respond. please circulate.

R. Prince
3187 W. 40th Ave
Denver, CO 80211-2008
Phone: 303-455-3437
Fax: 303-561-0079
Email: robertjprince@comcast.net

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From: "Omar Jabara"
Subject: [prioritypeace] Israel/Palestine Editorial in Post
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 10:26:43 -0700

Dear Friends:

I strongly recommend using this Denver Post editorial as an opportunity to send in letters to the editor. The editorial calls for an end to the settlements, a halt to the separation wall and criticizes Sharon. The Denver Post editorial board is one of the few in the entire country (remember, they supported Hanan Ashrawi's speech in the Springs last year) that is at least somewhat balanced on this issue. Let's not leave them completely open to attack from the other side as we usually do. I guarantee you the pro-Israel lobby will be flooding The Post with letters attacking the paper for this editorial. Letters: openforum@denverpost.com

editorial -- The Denver Post -- 11-13-03 Path to Mideast peace

The U.S.-backed "road map'' to peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors has never quite come to a dead end - and a faint pathway was detected again this week when PLO leader Yasser Arafat unveiled a new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

Israeli and U.S. sources weren't happy with the compromise that finally allowed Qureia to take the reins after a two-month deadlock between the new prime minister and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

Qureia broke the deadlock Sunday by allowing Arafat to keep at least indirect control of Palestinian security and police forces. Israel and the U.S. had demanded that Arafat be sidelined and that the security forces be consolidated under the command of a strong interior minister who would then lead a crackdown on terrorist groups.

Still, U.S. and Israeli sources indicated Wednesday that they would give the new team a chance to prove itself.

For his part, Arafat Wednesday called for an end to three years of violence, saying that Israel has a right to live in peace. Qureia echoed those sentiments and called for an immediate and comprehensive cease-fire with Israel and a return to peace talks based on President Bush's vision for two states.

"Our fate is to live together on this land for us and our dreams, for our sons and grandsons ... instead of violence and terrorism,'' Qureia said.

At this point, the most positive step Israel could take would be to put a total freeze on new Jewish settlements in the West Bank region that Israel seized from Jordan in 1967. The U.S. peace plan calls for a freeze on such settlements but Israeli prime minister Arik Sharon has refused to take that step.

Likewise, Israel should stop building its new security border through regions that are in dispute between the Palestinians and Israelis. The barrier - a string of walls, razor wire, ditches and fences - would carve off 14.5 percent of the West Bank, trap 274,000 Palestinians in tiny enclaves and cut off another 400,000 from their fields, jobs, schools and hospitals, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

The cold fact is that each new settlement built in Palestinian lands is a new obstacle to peace. And no amount of razor wire can foster the reconciliation of the Jewish and Palestinian peoples without which peace will remain an iridescent dream.

Such a reconciliation won't be easy, but history suggests it's not impossible.

Led by statesmen such as Konrad Adenauer and publisher Axel Springer, modern Germany rejected the legacy of Adolf Hitler and helped build the modern state of Israel on the ashes of of the Holocaust.

Whether Sharon and Qureia can follow the great lead of Adenauer and David Ben Gurion remains to be seen. But history could record no greater achievement than someday joining the Israeli and Palestinian peoples on the path to peace.

Thanks to Anonymous Reader for sharing, and Good Shabbos to all.