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Readers' Letters and Announcements, June 14, 2009


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The 1967-war revisited, Part II By Khalid Amayreh  

Although I am fully aware of the numerous holocausts in Palestine since 1948 and even before, I have been appalled by Zionist unprecedented crimes ever occurred in human history, Khalid wrote, as a witness in his two-part article.

I just hope President Obama could read the article. Since President Obama doesn't like anyone to deny the Nazi - European Holocaust, why have US consecutive administrations, including his own, never criticized the holocausts committed by Zionists in Palestine over the past 61 years and more, including Gaza earlier this year?

Isn't such an act a denial in itself?

Why should Palestinians pay for somebody else's mistakes?

Hitler was not an Arab or A Muslim. He was an Austrian-German-European Nazi. I understood from Obama's speech that, because Jews were subjected to Hitler's and Nazi Europe's ordeal, they shouldn't be resisted in the land they grabbed from the land owners, the Palestinian people!

A very illogical thing to take in!

Ali Al-Hail


Book about Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East & Israel

In-Depth Discussion: In Israel's Interests - US Policy Influenced by Media and Neocon Agenda
Youtube of call for friends USAF Lt Col (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski & Dr. Stephen Sniegoski (who wrote the 'The Transparent Cabal') about the war for Israel agenda of the Likudnik (JINSA/PNAC/AEI) crowd:

Karen Kwiatkowski interviews friend Dr. Stephen Sniegoski:


Letter from Chris Doyle published in the Spectator on Cheney and torture

Published 11 June 2009

Daniel Collings's interview with Dick Cheney ('Apologise for torture? "That's not appropriate"', 6 June) is an inglorious reminder of exactly why the Bush-Cheney era was such a scar on the history of the United States. He is both arrogantly disdainful of Britain as the US's leading ally, and contemptuous of the very founding principles that made the United States great. His policies stimulated precisely the outrage, anger and despair that al-Qa'eda and associated groups had hoped for, that will ensure that both the security of the United States and Britain will be undermined for the next quarter of a century.

All the signs are that Obama's more skilful diplomacy and attempts to engage with the Islamic world are seen to pose a far greater threat to al-Qa'eda's brand than torture and bombing. If such extremists commit disgraceful acts of violence, it will largely be because they are scared that Obama's approach endangers their interests, and intended to force him to change course. The challenge for Obama is to turn words into action while never losing sight of the principles he has rightly espoused.

Chris Doyle
Director, Council for Arab-British Understanding, London, EC4

For further information and interviews please contact the CAABU office 0207 832 1321 - Chris Doyle can be reached on 07968 040 281.


Ben White

will be giving a lecture on Israeli Apartheid

A Beginner's Guide

Wednesday 17 June 2009 at 6.30pm
Grimond Room
Portcullis House
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 0AA
All Welcome
(on a first come, first seated basis - please allow at least 15 minutes to clear security)
Publisher's Description
"Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide distills the work of academics and experts into a highly readable introduction. This is the book to read if you want to understand the root of the conflict and how apartheid applies to the situation in Palestine.

Ben White begins by succinctly explaining the origins of Zionist theory and colonisation and details what happened in 1948 during the creation of Israel, as Palestinians were killed, driven from their homes and deprived of their land and livelihoods.

White goes on to examine current examples of Israeli apartheid. Packed with information, quotations and resources, the book is rooted in the author's extensive on-the-ground experience in the region. It also includes short testimonies by Palestinians who describe how Israeli apartheid affects their daily lives.

Indispensable for the Palestinian solidarity movement, Israeli Apartheid aims to inform and mobilise, and is a vital resource for anyone who wants to help work towards peace."

The Author:

Ben White is a freelance journalist and writer specialising in Palestine/Israel. He also writes on the broader Middle East, Islam and Christianity, and the 'war on terror'. Ben has been to Palestine/Israel many times since 2003 and has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University.


"This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat. ... A highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Most accessible ... this book is an excellent guide."
Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

"If you want to learn about Palestine, start here."
Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University

The Chair: Brian Iddon MP

The book will be not be on sale due to venue restrictions. Flyers offering the book at a 10% discount (9.99 rrp) will be available.


Promoting an enlightened and positive approach to Arab-British relations in Government, Parliament, the Media, education and amongst the wider public.
We are the oldest and largest organisation of its type in Europe having been set up in 1967. We strive hard to build on the historical, political and cultural links between the Arab world and Britain.


"United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace": Brief on Capitol Hill

On June 15, the Arab American Institute is co-hosting "United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace", a panel discussion for Hill staffers, with Palestinian, Israeli, Jewish American and Arab American pollsters discussing how public opinion supports a two-state solution.

The brown bag luncheon will include a discussion with Jim Gerstein, principal, GersteinÃ"šAgne, pollster for J Street; Nader Said, general director of Arab World Research and Development in Ramallah - pollster for the OneVoice Movement; Mena Zemach, professional director of Dahaf Research Institute in Tel Aviv- also a pollster for the OneVoice Movement; and James J. Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute and senior advisor for Zogby International. Colin Irwin, Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool will be the moderator.

This event is also sponsored by J Street, OneVoice Movement, Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Brit T'zedek v'Shalom, Churches for Middle East and Israel Policy Forum.


WHAT:  Panel Discussion: "United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace"

WHEN: Monday, June 15th, 2009
            1:00pm- 2:15pm

WHERE: House Office Building Rayburn, Room 2200

HOW:  RSVP by Friday, June 12th to

Media Contact:
Christina Zola




Click link to see Interview with Cynthia McKinney

Current Issues TV                

Cynthia McKinney  live at 8:00 PM Central Time on Current Issues TV

Join Hesham and Cynthia in a discussion about Obama's speech in Cairo.   

  Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is a former United States Representative and was the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 19932003 and 20052007, first representing Georgia's 11th Congressional District and then Georgia's 4th Congressional District. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.       

  On December 30, 2008, McKinney was aboard the ship Dignity as it attempted to enter the Gaza Strip, which had its coastal area declared a "closed military zone" by Israel, while on a humanitarian mission by the Free Gaza Movement from Cyprus. Aboard were physicians, medical supplies, and activists, including Caoimhe Butterly.                                                            



FORmEr US PresIDENT Carter'S Visit to Israel and the PALESTINE

Former US President Jimmy Carter will visit Syria, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza following the Carter Center's observation of the June 7 Lebanese elections. Throughout the visit, as part of his ongoing efforts to promote constructive dialog, the President will hold meetings with representatives of all parties to the Israeli-Arab conflict.  

President Carter is in the region as representative of The Carter Center, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization he founded to advance peace and health worldwide after leaving the White House.  

A detailed schedule of public events in Jerusalem and Ramallah on June 12 and 13 follows. Further details of the visit itinerary will be published later in the week. 






June 12


Meeting with Noam Schalit

Jerusalem, American Colony Hotel, Pasha Room

Photo-op at start of meeting

June 13

12:00- 12:45pm

Meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas

Ramallah,  Al-Muqata Compound

Photo-op at start of meeting

June 13

1:00- 2:00pm

Meeting with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Ramallah, PM's Office, Ramallah

Photo-op at start of meeting

June 13


(Media 3:00pm)

Paltel Award Ceremony honoring President Carter

Ramallah, Palestine Red Crescent main Functions Hall

Open to media

Please RSVP

Ahmad Abu-Ullaya
Rana Al-Helou

On Sunday, June 14, at 1:30 pm, President Carter will visit the home of Shaul Goldstein, Head of the Regional Council of Gush Etzion Settlements, for a dialogue with local residents. Other Israeli events include a discussion with members of Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a meeting with President Shimon Peres.


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