American Support for Israeli Aggression Must End
By Sarwat Husain
ccun.org, January 11, 2009
Under international law, Israel is an occupying power that
is required to protect those under its occupation. The claim that Israel
no longer occupies the Gaza Strip is disingenuous and deceitful. Israel
controls all land, sea and air access to that impoverished area, turning
the area into the world’s largest open-air prison camp.
many months, Israel has denied humanitarian aid to Gaza’s civilian
population, a blockade that by itself can be regarded as an act of war
under international law. Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million people is a
violation of the Geneva Convention. By purposefully harming Palestinian
civilians, the Israel military is committing the serious war crime of
collective punishment. Israel has kept Innocent Palestinians under a
perpetual state of war for the last more than six decades.
is state sponsored terrorism at its best.
No other country in the
world have terrorized as many people for so long as Israel has for more
than half a century.
The claim that the Palestinian side broke
the cease-fire is also false. As reported by CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Israel
broke the truce in early November. Sanchez stated: “I've checked with
some of the folks here at our international desk, and I went to them and
asked, what was he talking about, and do we have any information on
that? Which they confirmed, two months ago -- this is back in November
-- there was an attack. It was an Israeli raid that took out six
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the cease-fire was
"unilaterally violated when [Israel] blew up a tunnel."
Delusions of Victory in Gaza (Haaretz, 12/28/08)
of Israeli strikes calls into question Israels political motivation,
coming as they do in the final days of Bush administration and one month
before the hotly-contested Israeli election in which the challenger is
attacking the incumbent for being soft on security.
Union (UN), the Arab League, the Organizations of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) and many other international bodies are all urging Israel to end
its brutal attacks. Middle East envoy Tony Blair deplored the tragic
loss of lives while the French President Nicholas Sarkozy condemned
Israel’s disproportionate use of force.
Our government’s blind
support for Israel attacks on Palestinians is harms prospects for peace
with justice in the region and damages America’s image and interests
throughout the Muslim world.
Israel, one of the world’s
strongest military powers, has subjected essentially defenseless
Palestinians to a brutal assault in which more than 400 people lost
their lives and thousands were wounded, even after the world and the UN
pressure to stop the slaughter Israel continues to carry on with its
Richard Falk, the UN special reporter for human rights
in the Palestinian territories, told the BBC: "Israel is committing a
shocking series of atrocities by using modern weaponry against a
defenseless population -- attacking a population that has been enduring
a severe blockade for many months."
SEE: Gaza Air Campaign 'a
First Stage' (BBC)
to 1989, the UN General Assembly passed 429 resolutions against Israel.
Israel was condemned 321 times. The United States has used its veto
power to prevent resolutions concerning Israel from passing through the
Security Council on 42 occasions since 1970. UN Resolution 242 calls for
Israel to withdraw from land forcibly and preemptively occupied in 1967,
including East Jerusalem.
The only just course of action is for
the United States to adopt a balanced approach to the Middle East
conflict and to end decades of support for the most extreme wing of the
Israeli political spectrum. Our foreign policy must be based on what is
best for America, not on the demands of extremists in Israel.
journalist Charley Reese wrote: "Palestinian independence will only be
realized when America gets its independence from Israel." Only then will
Israel’s immoral and illegal collective punishment on the Palestinian
people come to an end.
Council on American Islamic Relations-San Antonio, TX
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