The Reverend Roy Hayes, Episcopal, presents Dr. Naim Ateek, an Anglican priest, as a possible candidate to become Palestine's President  
     
 

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Peers,
 
      The Rev. Dr.Naim Ateek, an Anglican Priest, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to become Palestine's next President.  Even tho he's an Arab-Israeli citizen, he's still a Palestinian.  Democratic elections are scheduled to be held on 24 January 2010.  Actually, I don't think Naim has any political aspirations at all.  I could be mistaken about that, of course.  I've made mistakes in the past.  Nevertheless, I suspect that Naim knows that he's perfectly suited for the position he's in right now, as Director of Sabeel International: www.sabeel.org.  But.... he'll decide.  One of the things that I value about Naim is that he has a mind of his own.
 
      It's easy to understand why so many of us would promote Naim's candidacy.  Read his essay titled: O Jerusalem !!!   If that's not telling the truth I don't know what is.  But when we think about it, Peers, it stands to reason that whoever is elected Palestine's next President will be consulting with Naim from time to time.  Those folks all know each other.  They grew up with each other.  Many of them are cousins, distantly related.  There's a tribal society in the Holy Land, Folks.  I once heard Bishop Riah say that he can count over 300 cousins.  I understood.  Because I grew up in an extended family.  In Swainsboro, Georgia.  I have fourteen first cousins.  I lose count in the following generations, but I can do something about that.  Meanwhile, from my perspective, Naim's guiding hand is still needed at Sabeel International.  Study "Palestinian Liberation Theology" exactly the way it's articulated at Sabeel.  Watch: YouTube - Naim Ateek: on Sabeel's Mission (04:26).
 
      If I understand the way Naim's mind works ... and I honestly believe that I truly do ... Naim is a man ... who among others ... is making Christianity's rightful claim to Jerusalem.  What's more, Naim acknowledges that Muslims and Jews also have rightful claims to Jerusalem from their perspectives.  Peers, please notice that the words "claim" and "acknowledge" and "also" have theological implications.  Jerusalem must be SHARED ... and ... shared in the name of the one God.  It's useless to argue about sovereignty in the Holy City.  From my perspective, the way Naim understands and teaches the essence and efficacy of Jerusalem reflects an enlightened Christian attitude.  Please read on.  There's more from where all this comes in the paper trail that follows.
 
Peace,
Roy
 
     
 
n a message dated 10/29/2009 7:47:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoyHayesJER writes:
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Peers,
 
      Some folks say the next President of Palestine should be a man of uncommon character and integrity, i.e., a man like Marwan Barghouti (Fatah),  Marwan would never surrender to the Israelis at the negotiating table.  Nor would he be intimidated by Hillary Clinton.  At one time Marwan was regarded as the natural successor to Yasser Arafat because he learned from Mr. Arafat what a man has to do when he's trying to hold thirteen political parties together in unity.  (Now Arafat was called to become "The Leader of the Intifada and the Defender of the Holy Places".  When a person is true to his or her calling, he/she somehow discovers a certain power within himself/herself, that seems to come from elsewhere, into his/her personal character and personality.  There's a mystery in that.)   Marwan is locked away.  In a cell.  Behind bars.  Serving five lifetime sentences in an Israeli prison.  And a person can learn why he's in prison by watching one short video:  YouTube - Marwan Barghouti (03:41).
 
      It just so happens that I know something that a lot of people don't know.  Marwan Barghouti and Uri Avnery have been allies in the peacemaking movement for a long, long time.  Not only are they allies, they also are friends.  If you don't believe me, write to Uri and ask him.  Uri's e-mail address is:  avnery@actcom.co.il.
 
      Marwan and Uri see eye-to-eye on the urgent issues.  They share a Weltanschauung.  They've planned projects together.  Cooperative efforts, etc.  Peaceful demonstrations, etc.  Everybody on my mailing list knows where Uri Avnery stands.  Knowing where Uri stands is tantamount to knowing where Marwan stands.  So.... let's study Gush's website:  www.gush-shalom.org.  Watch these two videos again (repeats):  Jimmy Carter, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti and Uri Avnery (12:58) on the subject of Hamas and Uri Avnery (03:29) on the subject of the future status of Jerusalem.  Please read on.  There's more to come.
 
Peace,
Roy 
 
 
In a message dated 10/28/2009 9:41:02 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoyHayesJER writes:
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Peers,
 
      Mahmoud Abbas ... or Abu Mazen as he is affectionately called ... has announced that he may not seek re-election in January.  He said:  "It depends..."  Pasted below is a news report from Reuters on the subject.  A woman, Dr.Hanan Ashrawi, has been mentioned as a possible candidate.  Here's a short biographical sketch of Hanan's life.  Last August she was elected First Woman in PLO Executive Committee, as an Independent candidate, which is an office that ranks higher than that of a Minister in the Palestinian Authority (PA).  It's easy to learn how Hanan thinks.  She's MIFTAH's Executive Committee Chairperson, so study www.miftah.org.  Read some of her essays and her famous book: This Side of Peace: A Personal Account.  Watch a few of these videos on YouTube.  Hanan was born in Palestine, in Ramallah, and it was in Ramallah that she and I met.  It was 16 April 2004 at the time.  Hanan may or may not remember meeting me, but I remember meeting her.    .
 
.     At one time Israel had a female Prime Minister.  Her name was: Golda Meir (1898 -1978)   Golda was born near Kiev, in Russia.  When she was 8-years-old she moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In high school she joined a Zionist group called "Workers of Zion".  In 1921 Golda immigrated to British Mandate Palestine with her husband, Morris Myerson, and for a while they lived in a Kibbutz.  By the time Golda became Israel's fourth Prime Minister, she had developed a steadfast attitude.  She would say things like:  "How can we return the territories we're holding?  There's nobody to return them to."  From Golda's adamant perspective:  "There was no such thing as a Palestinian.... They didn't exist." .
 
      It's quite possible that a female ... like Hanan Ashwari ... will be capable of producing results when the Palestinians resume negotiations with the Israelis.  The International Community will be watching anxiously to see whom the Palestinians elect.  Elections are scheduled for 24 January 2010.  The important thing is that the next President represent all of the people of Palestine ... including ... the millions of Palestinian Refugees scattered around the world in the Diaspora.  Perhaps ways can be found to enable the Refugees to vote in January's upcoming elections.  Please read on.  There's more below.
 
Peace,
Roy
 
 
In a message dated 10/27/2009 7:46:41 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoyHayesJER writes:
Peers.....  Abu Mazen (President Abbas) told President Obama that he would not be a candidate in January's presidential election unless Israel abided by the peace requirements.  The important thing is that Palestine's next President receive the support of all the Palestinian people.  According to the following article from Reuters, Abbas's Fatah party does not have another candidate in mind at the moment.  There's speculation, tho.  Dr. Mustafa Barghouti has been mentioned to run again as an independent candidate.  Here's a short video of Dr. Barghouti standing in solidarity with Jimmy Carter and Uri Avnery (12:58).  Dr. Barghouti is scheduled to appear as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (who's Jewish) on Wednesday, October 28 (tomorrow).  Please read on for today's news.   Peace, Roy       
 

Abbas says might not run in poll, officials say

Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:12am EDT
 
 

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. President Barack Obama he would not run for re-election unless Israel dropped its refusal to freeze settlements, Palestinian officials said on Tuesday.

"Abu Mazen (Abbas) told him that he would not be a candidate in the presidential election (in January) unless Israel abided by the peace requirement," said one of the officials, who are briefed regularly by Abbas and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The officials said Abbas made the comments to Obama to vent his anger at what Palestinians see as an easing of U.S. pressure on Israel over construction of homes for settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

However, Tayyeb Abdel-Rahim, a senior aide to the Western-backed Palestinian leader, issued a denial and described the telephone conversation between Abbas and Obamas as "warm and candid".

Abbas, who has made a return to peace talks conditional on Israel ceasing settlement activity in line with a 2003 peace "road map", has threatened to step down on occasions in the past.

But Palestinian officials who gave details of his exchange with Obama voiced doubt he would do so now. Abbas's Fatah party, trounced by Hamas Islamists in a 2006 election, does not have another presidential candidate in polls planned for January 24.

"The Palestinian relationship with the U.S. administration is very tense," one of the Palestinian officials said. "They have retreated from their previous position."

The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat had no immediate comment.

At a meeting with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York last month, Obama urged Israel to show restraint over settlements -- a step back from his original demand for a construction freeze under the road map that charts a course toward Palestinian statehood.

Netanyahu has ruled out a complete suspension of building within settlements, saying the needs of growing families must be accommodated.

Now, Palestinian officials said, Washington is urging the Palestinians to resume peace talks, suspended since December, without a settlement freeze.

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"You negotiated with (former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert while settlement activities continued. What's the difference now?," one of the officials quoted U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell as having told Erekat.

Mitchell is expected to return to the region later this week to continue his pursuit of a formula to revive peace talks.

In a Voice of Palestine radio interview on Monday, Erekat said negotiations with Israel were unlikely to resume in the near future, an assessment echoed by Israeli officials.

He blamed Israel for the impasse and urged Washington to do the same.

Netanyahu has called on Abbas to begin talks immediately without preconditions. Abbas has said he was simply asking that Israel meets its obligations under the road map.

Israeli government officials have expressed doubt Abbas could show flexibility toward Israel before the Palestinian presidential and parliamentary elections in three months' time. (Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem; Editing by Alison Williams)