(I talked at channel 9, 13 to Spanish, to many groups and churches)
The visit of Collin Powell to the Holy Land on the week of 15-19 of
April was a real FAILURE.
1) He could not put in ACT the UN Resolution 1403 that the USA has presented to the UN, which speak about the IMMEDIATE withdrawal of the Israelis from the Occupied territories.
2) He did not put in ACT the word of President Bush: I call ISRAEL to Withdraw and I mean what I say, had said Pres. Bush.
3) He did not put in ACT the European mandate to him so as to stop the Israeli atrocities and implement a withdrawal from the Palestinian Occupied territories
4) During his visit more massacre have happened against Palestinians and he failed to condemn the Israeli atrocities. He could not even impose on Israel to respect the human rights of the Palestinians, deprived of water, food, electricity and medical care at the Church of the nativity in Bethlehem, Jenin and Nablus where a real massacre have happened.
5) He did not visit the scene of the massacre where hundreds were killed, but visited the place where a suicide bomber killed 6 Israelis.
This show that the USA is very biased and could not be considered as
HONEST BROKER for peace, justice and TRUTH.
I am a Catholic priest at St. John of God (www.Sjog.org) and St. Anne's/ AACC (Arab-American Catholic Community,
www.Al-Bushra.org) in San Francisco.
Many of my American friends and parishioners ask me:
1) What America can do more for justice and peace in the Holy Land?
2) America has done a lot to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to negotiate for peace! Why violence continues in the Holy
Land, what America can do more?
Let me tell you in brief what may help you to see things:
1) Before 1948 the year of the proclamation of the State of Israel,
Palestinians were living for centuries and centuries in
Palestine. Palestinians the descendants of the Cananites and the Jebusites who under different occupations (until the last one the
English one during the W.W.I and W.W.II) continued to exist as people. Jews formed around 5% of the people living in peace
with Palestinians. Jews were not mistreated by Arabs, they were persecuted in Europe. The English decided under the Zionist
pressure to create a Jewish State in Palestine. Since then the problems started between Jews who started to come from all over
the world to take over Palestine and build settlements here and there with the English (and European help who felt guilty for
what they have done to the Jews, the Holocaust, and to get rid of them from Europe) and American money and weapons.
England has long history in doing things like that: I mean to create problems in the Countries that she colonized: India-Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Africa, Argentina, Kuwait-Iraq ... (Sources: http://www.al-bushra.org/palestine/whattoknow.html)
2) The State of Israel took from the new UN over 52% of the Historic
Palestine. Palestinians found on this an injustice. They
refused to divide their country. War started and with the support of the English and the Americans Israel got 78% of the
Historic Palestine. (Sources: http://www.cactus48.com/truth.html)
3) In 1967, during the six days war Israel got the 22% of the remaining
Palestine that was under Jordanian Control. The UN
Resolution 242 and 338 stipulated these 22% are OCCUPIED TERRITORIES that should return their owners.
4) In 1993 after the first nonviolent Intifada in the Occupied Territories,
Oslo agreement was reached that Israel would give
back these 22% to Palestinians and started with the Arabs what is called the Peace Process, LAND FOR PEACE.
Palestinians will recognize the State of Israel on the 78% of their historic Palestine and Israel will give back by steps (within 5
years) the 22% of the land to the Palestinians. (Sources http://www.nimn.org/)
5) During the Peace Process with the help of the USA Israel was building
settlements on the 22% of the Occupied Territories
and bringing Jews from Russia, Ethiopia and every where. (Sources: http://www.fmep.org/reports/)
The USA against all the Palestinian calls for the UN to decide on the issues of justice and TRUTH was using its Veto's against
the UN Resolutions in favor of Israel (24 UN Security Council veto's to date).
The USA has given up to date an estimated $92 billion dollars to Israel, mainly from our tax money used to build Jewish
Settlements in the 22% of the Occupied Territories and sophisticated weaponry and with blind political cover.
Rabin who wanted really to build the future of Israel and recognize
the right of the Palestinians was killed by the Israelis
The last Clinton-Barak-Arafat camp David meeting offered to the Palestinians
part of the 22% and not all the Land but the
Palestinians have to accept the presence of the Settlements under Israeli control, the roads and the security, to give up the
Israeli army the borders of the Palestinian State, its entries and exits, the airport and the sea, and off course give up the right of
the Palestinian refuges to come back (over 4 million refugges) and Part of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Capital. Palestinians saw
that they have already given 78% of their historic Palestine and refused to give any inch of their 22% internationally recognized
occupied territories and East Jerusalem. The Israeli and the American sides blamed Palestinians for the failure of the Camp
David meetings for refusing the so called generous offer of the Israelis. The offer did not give any map it was only word, later
on American and Israelis experts showed that it was just an offer that nobody would accept and they wanted only to trap the
Palestinians (Sources: http://www.al-bushra.org/israel/0israel.htm) and (http://www.al-bushra.org/israel/myth.html)
6) Frustrated with the flow of the settlers, the building of settlements
everywhere and anywhere, the policy of closure, the
demolition of the Palestinian houses, confiscation of IDs and lands, Palestinians started a second INTIFADA after Sharon
provoked them and came to the Holiest Muslim Place in Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa with over 3000 soldiers, who killed many angry
Sharon elected as Prime minister of Israel asked President Bush, new
elected for 100 days to finish the Palestinian Cause for
good. But since then violence nourished violence. And America started to blame the Palestinians, when covering up on the use
of the F16, Gunships, tanks etc used by the Israelis against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, denying to the
Palestinians the International recognized law to resist Occupation.
The Palestinians used suicide bombing in Israel to revenge the Israeli
killings in the occupied Territories. These Suicide
bombing, considered as Terrorist acts, and as such provoked the Israelis for more killings and house demolition the way the
USA did in Afghanistan against Taliban. And as such these terrorists acts by the Palestinians did not serve the Palestine cause
and, used by the Israeli-American Media, silenced the whole world who seemed unable today to take a clear stand for justice,
TRUTH and Peace.
And again violence nourished violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
7) Here should come the USA work for TRUTH and JUSTICE
I will answer here then the two questions asked on the very beginning of my reflection on the situation in the Holy
a) In the name of the TRUTH: The USA should call immediately for the
implementation of the UN RESOLUTIONS 242,
338, 194 and respect the International law.
In fact the War's main ground of violence is on the Occupied Territories and because of the frustrations in these Occupied
territories, the Palestinian and Israeli innocent population are suffering. END THEN ISRAELI OCCUPATION, the source
and the reason of violence, things will change immediately
b) In the name of JUSTICE: The USA have helped Israel with money, weapons,
UN veto's and political support for over 54
years. It is time that the USA help Israel to live in peace with its neighbors The only way for Israel to find peace and
friends around its borders is that the USA work for comprehensive justice for the Palestinians, owner of the
c) Sooner or LATER the Palestinians will see their rights recognized
and they will establish their full independent State. The
USA short vision today is only delaying this day when the whole world will stand with the Palestinian rights.
The USA should work then SOONER better than later for JUSTICE and TRUTH.
An open and sincere evaluation of the
American policy is needed to bring peace for the Holy land.
IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK FROM AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION FOR THE SAKE OF THE MANY
INNOCENTS (Palestinians and Israelis) WHO DIED WAITING FOR A BETTER LIFE?
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