Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Bell Tolls:
We can have Peace in the Holy Land, By Jimmy Carter
A Book Review By Eileen Fleming
ccun.org, February 19, 2009
With "the fierce urgency of now" Jimmy Carter writes of reasons why
recent "public opinion polls in the Arab world revealed that the United
States was seen as a greater threat than Iran, and a successful peace effort
in Palestine could be the most important factor in improving its citizens'
opinion of America."[Carter, Page 101]
Due to their lack of
political and military power, the Palestinians have been dependent on the
international community to survive; and they have commitments from the UN,
the International Quartet and the Arab League who have all dreamt a dream of
a sovereign peaceful Palestinian state beside a secure Israel.
Carter Center Team in Ramallah reported that the failure of negotiations
post Annapolis "may well mark an end to the two-state solution for Israel
Palestine…The conclusion seems to be that even second class Israeli
citizenship is preferable to unending occupation, or in other terms, the
future may lie in one state."[Carter, Page 160-161]
Palestinian negotiator, Ahmed Qurei predicted, "If Israel continues to
reject our propositions regarding the borders [of a future Palestinian
state], we might demand Israeli citizenship."
A Fatah leader
quipped, "Where will a Palestinian state rise up? The Israeli nation is
inside us already."
After the Feb. 1009, Israeli elections, Mid East
Analyst, Omar Barghouti wrote, "A paradigm shift from the defunct, immoral,
and now impossible, two-state solution to the democratic, single state
solution is NOW called for more than ever. Only by rejecting all forms of
racism, apartheid, ethnocentrism, religious fundamentalism and colonialism,
and by embracing FULL equality and democracy, including the right of return
of the refugees, can we create a just and sustainable peace. The call for a
two-state solution has truly become a smokescreen to cover up and legitimize
continued occupation, colonization and Zionist apartheid."
November 2007, Prime Minister Olmert admitted in Haaretz that the collapse
of a two-state solution would force Israel to "face a South African style
struggle for equal voting rights and as soon as that happens, the state of
Israel is finished."
In a UN report, Haaretz columnist Danny
stated, "Israel today was an apartheid State with four different Palestinian
groups: those in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli
Palestinians, each of which had a different status...even if the wall
followed strictly the line of the pre-1967 border, it would still not be
justified. The two peoples needed cooperation rather than walls because they
must be neighbors."
"An apartheid society is much more than just a
'settler colony'. It involves specific forms of oppression that actively
strip the original inhabitants of any rights at all, whereas civilian
members of the invader caste are given all kinds of sumptuous
On October 23, 2001, Ronnie Kasrils, a Jewish
Minister in the South African government, co-authored a petition "Not in My
Name," signed by some 200 members of South Africa's Jewish community, which
read: "It becomes difficult, from a South African perspective, not to draw
parallels with the oppression expressed by Palestinians under the hand of
Israel and the oppression experienced in South Africa under apartheid rule."
Three years later, Kasrils traveled to the Occupied
Territories and concluded, "This is much worse than apartheid. Israeli
measures, the brutality, make apartheid look like a picnic. We never had
jets attacking our townships. We never had sieges that lasted month after
month. We never had tanks destroying houses. We had armored vehicles and
police using small arms to shoot people but not on this scale." [Ibid]
ON April 29, 2002, while in Boston, South African Archbishop Desmond
Tutu shared how "very deeply distressed" he was by what he observed in his
recent visit to the Holy Land, "It reminded me so much of what happened in
The Nobel peace laureate said he saw "the
humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering
like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.
Referring to Americans, he adds, "People are scared in this country to say
wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful—very powerful. Well, so
what? The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer
Carter whole heartedly supports the state of Israel
and as a true friend of the state he speaks brutal truth, for "opposition is
true friendship."-William Blake
Carter's Plan for Peace in the Holy
Land calls for President Obama to courageously address the complex conflict
with details resolved by the two sides but which follows the following
A demilitarized Palestinian state, with Israeli forces
being replaced by an international security force that will allow freedom of
peaceful movement and that will respond to any violence from either side.
Mutually acceptable modifications, with land swaps to the 1967 border
which allows Israelis in and around Jerusalem to remain, but a withdrawal of
all other settlers from the West Bank.
A shared Jerusalem that will
be the capital of both states.
The right of Palestinian refugees to
return to the West Bank and Gaza and compensation to those with proven
claims to the land.
Gideon Levy wrote in Haaretz that, "It is
permissible to believe in the Jews' right to a state and yet come out
against the Zionism that engages in occupation. It is permissible to believe
that what happened in 1948 should be put on the agenda, to apologize for the
injustice and act to rehabilitate the victims. It is permissible to oppose
an unnecessary war from its very first day.
It is permissible to think
that the Arabs of Israel deserve the same rights - culturally, socially and
nationally - as Jews. It is permissible to raise disturbing questions about
the image of the Israel Defense Forces as an army of occupation, and it is
even permissible to want to talk to Hamas." 
"This is a time when
there seems to be a particular need for men of philosophical persuasion—that
is to say, friends of wisdom and truth—to join together…We Jews should be,
and remain, the carriers and patrons of spiritual values. But we should also
always be aware of the fact that these spiritual values are and always have
been the common goal of mankind."-Einstein
Might this time, the
fierce urgency of now compel all people of good will to demand that
President Obama make good on his promises of hope and change.
has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is
COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine
"Observe good faith
and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and
passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of
them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The
nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual
fondness is in some degree a slave...a passionate attachment of one nation
for another produces a variety of evils."-George Washington's Farewell
Address – 1796
The bell is tolling for all of US!
1. Apartheid Ancient, Past, and Present Systematic and Gross Human
Rights Violations in Graeco-Roman Egypt, South Africa, and Israel/Palestine,
By Anthony Löwstedt. Page 77.
2. The Link, "About That Word
Apartheid", April-May 2007, Published by Americans for Middle East