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Monday, April 19, 2004

How did I miss this dreadful letter?

April 17 in the Daily Camera OpenForum

ISRAEL: Sharon plan is looming disaster

President Bush's recent endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "disengagement plan" shattered any vestige of credibility the United States might have once enjoyed in the region. This plan provides for the continued illegal occupation of the West Bank and rejection of the Palestinian right of return. Accordingly, Israel will blatantly annex even more Palestinian land and water resources. Our one-sided support of Israel will justifiably enrage the Arab community, prolong the Israel-Palestine conflict and further jeopardize the security of the United States.

In contrast, many peace organizations are working toward a viable and lasting resolution to this conflict. Recently, I attended discussions on this issue at the Conference on World Affairs. I was so impressed by Amneh Badran, director of the Jerusalem Center for Women, and Terry Greenblatt, former director of Bat Shalom. Badran, a Palestinian Arab, and Greenblatt, an Israeli Jew, are both exemplary leaders in the struggle for peace. Their organizations share common political principles and goals including: dismantling Israel's apartheid wall, withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Occupied Territories, achieving Palestinian statehood and addressing the right of return. I was encouraged and inspired by their genuine solidarity despite the abysmal government leadership on both sides.

As Americans, we are participants in this conflict and must accept a vital role in the peace process. We have the power to suspend the billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Israel until it withdraws from the Occupied Territories. We can educate others and bring this issue to the presidential debate. And finally, we can expose and confront religious fundamentalism right here at home, which poses the biggest threat to international stability.

Thanks to Mimi for pointing this out.

I had some email correspondence with Ms. Gibbs last summer. It started when she accused me of writing to her anonymously, which I hadn't.

Sharpen your pencils, folks, Ms. Gibbs needs to know some of that history that I know you have rolling around in your smart heads. Don't be shy. If I remember correctly, the email address is openforum@dailycamera.com