Below is the portion of the just-released 2012 Democratic National Party Platformthat discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Middle East. President Obama and the Democratic Party maintain an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security. A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States not simply because we share strategic interests, but also because we share common values. For this reason, despite budgetary constraints, the President has worked with Congress to increase security assistance to Israel every single year since taking office, providing nearly $10 billion in the past three years. The administration has also worked to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge … Continue reading Democratic Party’s one-sided platform on Israel/Palestine not enough for Israel supporters
The situation in the Palestinian enclave has reached a critical point. If no action is taken, by 2020, Gaza will become uninhabitable. This is stated in the report recently published by the UN. The greatest concern is the lack of clinics, hospitals, and schools. Only the global community can help. According to the UN, Israel is to blame for the problems of Gaza. According to the UN report, by 2020, it will be necessary to build 440 new schools and increase the number of hospital beds to eight hundred. Furthermore, for the normal operation of medical institutions a thousand medical … Continue reading Gaza Strip to become uninhabitable?
Since the Palestinian split, a small number of employees have been cut off from their salaries. GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The health ministry in the Gaza Strip is re-admitting workers who were dismissed during clashes between Fatah and Hamas in 2007, a spokesman said Tuesday. Ashraf al-Qudra said ministry officials decided during a weekly meeting to reinstate doctors who lost their jobs for political reasons when Hamas took charge of Gaza’s institutions. The Palestinian Authority meanwhile is failing to pay salaries for employees in Gaza, as it copes with a financial crisis across the occupied territories, workers say. Since the Palestinian … Continue reading Gaza health ministry says to reinstate dismissed workers
The official position of Arab nations is unambiguous: solidarity with Palestine is paramount. But facts on the ground point to a disturbingly different reality, one in which Palestinians are mistreated beyond any rational justification in various Arab countries. The worst-fated among them are stateless refugees, who have for decades been granted only precarious legal status. In times of crisis thee refugees have repeatedly found themselves in a state of legal and political limbo. At the recent Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Tehran, Arab leaders spoke with the same ardent passion about justice for the Palestinians. One Arab Emir warned that … Continue reading Palestinian Refugees from Syria Lost and ‘Betrayed’
A priest gestures between graffiti reading in Hebrew, “Jesus monkey” (L) and “mutual guarantee, Ramat Migron and Maoz Ester” (West Bank settlements), which was sprayed on the wall of the Christian Catholic Latrun monastery on September 4, 2012. Extremist Israeli settlers have burned the doors of a Christian monastery near al-Quds (Jerusalem) and wrote anti-Christian slogans on its walls. The attack on Trappist Monastery in Latrun, in Ayalon Valley took place on Tuesday. “The name of the unauthorized Migron settlement, which was cleared following a court order on Sunday, was scrawled on the well known Latrun Monastery, alongside the words … Continue reading Suspected Israeli settlers torch monastery in al-Quds
We the commanders and representatives of the Military Councils of the Free Syrian Army hereby proclaim these principles: • We believe in a free and democratic Syria where all Syrian citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, creed, religion or class shall enjoy equal rights and live in liberty, justice and peace. • We believe in a pluralistic, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society that honors and upholds freedom of expression, thought and conscience. • We believe in the freedom of association and assembly. No Syrian shall be forced into a political association or denied equal participation in political life. • We believe that the … Continue reading Proclamation of Principles / FREE SYRIAN ARMY
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh To the Bradley Manning Peace Camp at the Democratic Party Convention in North Carolina: I wish that I could be with you today to read these words to you myself, but obviously I cannot, as I remain unwelcome in the United States. Instead I have asked my friend of many years Stanley Cohen to deliver this message of solidarity on my behalf. I send the heartfelt greetings of the Palestinian people, as we salute you in your fight against the American military machine, against its secrets and lies, and against its vision of an American world … Continue reading Ismael Haniyeh’s Letter To the Bradley Manning Peace Camp at the Democratic Party Convention in North Carolina