Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Grandchildren Are Now Terrorists?

One Ronit Avni, an Israeli, U.S. and Canadian citizen (! three times lucky?), is the director of the film "Encounter Point" and the executive director of Just Vision, an organization that documents Palestinian and Israeli conflict-resolution peace initiatives.

Just Vision

is a nonprofit organization that informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli joint civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. Using media and educational tools, we raise awareness in order to encourage civic participation in grassroots peace building.

They haven't been very successful in promoting non-violence by Arabs, now, have they? And perhaps all their fawning actually encourages some to think that terror is excused somehow by such sympathetic proponents of Pal. nationalism?

Anyway, she has an op-ed in the Washington Post trying to stop financial support for Zionism in Judea and Samaria.

Want to Stop Israeli Settlements? Follow the Dollars

This month, both at Cairo University and from the Oval Office, President Obama has called on the Israeli government to stop the expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. He should send the same message to the Americans who are funding and fueling them.

There are more than 450,000 settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Peace Now, an Israeli organization that opposes the settlements. Some of them are Americans. And some of the most influential, militant figures in the settler movement have been Americans, too. Among them were...[my neighbor] convicted terrorist Era Rapaport, a member of the Land Redemption Fund, which coordinates the acquisition of Palestinian land in areas targeted for settlement expansion.

...Some of the settlements' most passionate advocates spoke about their deep roots in the Gaza Strip even though they were actually Americans...

[that's rich. she's a triple citizenship holder and yet she criticizes others]

...Evangelical Christians in the United States also support the settlements, raising millions of dollars for them, according to a recent National Public Radio report. The Colorado-based Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, for example, encourages churches and ministries to connect with "the pioneers of Biblical Israel" through the "adopt-a-settlement program." Sondra Oster Baras, director of the organization's Israeli office, [and on whose board I sit] estimates that more than half of the West Bank settlements receive direct or indirect support from Christians, according to the NPR report.

[goodness gracious! Christians supporting an enterprise linked with the...Bible! what is religion coming to nowadays?]

She goes on and mentions all the usual 'culprits' and then moves in for the kill:

If the courts can't find a way to dissuade settlement expansion, perhaps the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control should intervene. The U.S. government has already designated Kahane's movement a foreign terrorist organization for reasons unrelated to settlement financing, but in doing so, it has prohibited U.S. citizens from providing financial support to this group.

[ah, my grandchildren are now terrorists living at Ofra?]

...I am not suggesting that non-profits should lose their tax advantages simply because they are at odds with American foreign policy. But the settlements are widely considered a violation of international law. Thirty years ago, a U.S. State Department legal adviser issued an opinion that called the settlements "inconsistent" with the Fourth Geneva Convention. In recent weeks, officials at State and in the White House have declined to say whether the 1979 opinion reflects official government policy...Maybe it's also time for Americans to stop supporting them.

[but my dear, what is they are legal and that 30-year old opinion is bunk?]

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