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10 years ago  ::  May 14, 2008 - 11:37AM #1
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Bush is visiting Israel, to work on the "Palestinian state".    But he won't go the "future Palestinian state".
Just Israel.

Another "Mission accomplished".
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10 years ago  ::  May 14, 2008 - 1:12PM #2
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Bush and his policies are a substantial cause of  the escalating violence we see occurring throughout the Middle East today, in the OPT, in Israel, in Lebanon, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, in Egypt, and in Iraq.

His visit to Israel, scheduled on the date that marks the 60 year anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land, shows his complete lack of concern for the Palestinians.

He is showing, by his visit and statements in speeches, his overwhelming bias towards Israel, and his lack of support for a just peace as a way to resolve the conflict. It  saddens me to see a US President show such lack of caring and  concern and respect for the value of human life.

Palestinians make up about half of the population in the OPT and Israel today, numbering around  5 million human beings. They suffer discrimination and substantial human rights abuses and war crimes, that Bush completely ignores. Bush also shows by his refusal to address these abuses that he has absolutely no respect for the provisions of human rights treaties that protect life, liberty, and property of all human beings.

We see new violence breaking out in Lebanon and the OPT, upon Bush's presence in Israel, and we see more people hurt and killed. In Lebanon, there is fighting between the group led by Hezbullah and the government, triggered by the Lebanese government's acts of attempting to close down Hezbullah businesses. In Israel, there have been rocket attacks from Gaza reportedly by Islamic Jihad, that have injured Israelis in a mall. We see ongoing attacks by Israel lauched into Gaza, and I expect we will be seeing an intensification of  the Israeli  attacks and yet more civilian deaths over the next few days.

My prayers are for peace and for the safety of civilians and children in Israel and the OPT and Lebanon and Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East. And for God to forgive us, America, for the very substantial role we have played in contributing to the violence and suffering of people there.

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