Monday, October 4, 2010

Proposed Sellout of Palestinians Unconscionable

MWA Director to President Obama: Proposed Sellout of Palestinians Unconscionable

"As Israel continues to dictate U.S. foreign policy, holding the West Bank settlement moratorium hostage in exchange for arms, the world watches Mr. President. Are we supposed to believe this is the road to peace?" asks MWA Director, Aishah Schwartz.

Oct 04, 2010 – WASHINGTON, D.C. (MWA-Net) – A report by the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat earlier today quoted Israeli officials as saying that an agreement had been reached to extend the Israeli moratorium on West Bank settlement construction by 60 days. However neither the White House nor Israeli officials were reported as confirming, other than to indicate that negotiations toward an extension continued in the hope of salvaging the latest round of rapidly declining peace talks.

Details of the alleged agreement were revealed by researcher David Makovsky on the website of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the terms of which included numerous incentives crucial to Israel's security. Yes, you read that correctly.

For example, the U.S. would guarantee to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles into a Palestinian state; guarantee a lengthy period of interim security arrangements in the Jordan Valley, and guarantee a comprehensive regional defense pact for protection from Iran to follow the establishment of the Palestinian state, in addition to guaranteeing that the U.S. would veto any U.N. Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this year. The U.S. would also reportedly initiate talks with Arab countries toward a regional agreement vis-a-vis Iran.

But wait, there's more!

Israel would also receive an increase of the three billion dollar security aid package it already receives annually, together with upgraded security capabilities, including advanced fighter jets, early warning systems and satellites.

The final item in the President's proposal to sell out the Palestinians?

Assurance from the U.S. that it would also not ask Israel to further extend the settlement moratorium, in addition to pledging that the issue of settlements would be dealt with only as part of final-status talks with the Palestinians.

Wait a minute. The U.S. is the only country standing beside Israel while the rest of the world condemns its actions in the occupied territories, and Israel receives more aid from the U.S. than any other country in the world, and the U.S. administration is accepting ultimatums from Israel?

Mr. President, when you were elected into office, the entire world embraced the glimmer of hope you encouraged it to reach for, but as Israel continues to manipulate your administration, that hope, faith, trust and confidence is fading fast. The peace talks you so carefully orchestrated will go down in history as nothing more than a charade if you continue to allow Mr. Netanyahu to dictate your marching orders.

You, Mr. President, are the Commander-in-Chief, and we, the people standing in solidarity with Palestine, are waiting for you to start acting like it.

Mike Ghouse of the Foundation for Pluralism stated, "The world carries a collective burden of guilt for remaining silent and divisive in humiliating a population that has lived in humility for nearly three generations. As Americans we ought to be ashamed of these policies - where the mighty keeps oppressing the helpless, the little Davids against the Goliaths."

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Established in 2006, MWA is an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith.

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We, the Americans have stood up for the downtrodden, the refugees and the oppressed. We are champions of human rights across the globe and thank God for making us an instrument in stopping the annihilation of Jewish population in the Holocaust.

The world carries a collective burden of guilt for remaining silent and now we are in the same jam - remaining shamelessly silent and watching the dehumanization of Palestinians who have lived in humility for nearly three generations.

It takes guts on the part of Obama Administration to tell the hawks in Israel and Palestine not to screw up their future of their children. One bold step will bring peace to both the people. We have that right; we fund them, it is our money and we can tell them to act up and make peace or stand to lose the money.

They really don’t know what they are doing – if they did, they would not have let 60 years go without securing security for every Israeli and hope for every Palestinian. If we take that bold step, the future of Israeli and Palestinian children would be hopeful, and we will save $3 Billion a year that we can invest in our own communities. They have no interest and we have to stop the buck some where

Mike Ghouse

1 comment:

  1. Would this not work for Palestinians too?

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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.