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Violence in Israel and occupied territories continues unabated on both sides of the conflict. The Israeli Defense Forces and border police persistently raid Palestinian lands, orchards and dwellings; demolishing buildings; violently evicting residents; and depriving helpless people of their meager means of survival and shelter. Many times occupation settlers themselves attack and beat up unarmed villagers to harass them into leaving their homes. Mean while, despite Hamas' commitment to the ceasefire, unknown and unaffiliated militants from Gaza continue to launch rockets and mortars giving Israel the prelude for almost daily air raids and ground incursions using overwhelming force against Palestinians. Both sides must be condemned roundly for this conduct.

For peace to be given a serious chance we need to convince Israel it cannot continue it’s illegal occupation and expansion into lands it acquired by force. We must approve and support the Security Council resolution that requires Israel to stop violating international laws.

At this time America stands alone and isolated against the rest of the world. Even the British appear to be backing the resolution. As has been pointed out in a letter to President Barack Obama dated January 18, 2011 and signed by 52 citizens, including academics, former administration officials and ex US ambassadors, the current resolution is in line with UNSC resolutions, including: UNSCRs 446 and 465, determining that the settlements have "no legal validity". The letter goes on to state “America's credibility in a crucial region of the world is on the line - a region in which hundreds of thousands of our troops are deployed and where we face the greatest threats and challenges to our security. “ Additionally a large number of Jewish peace activists and human rights organizations have spoken out in support of the resolution.

Unchallenged and uncontrolled, Israel will inflame an already volatile region and it’s continued aggression will result in greater violence and once again drag the US into any ensuing conflagration as an unwilling partner. 

The world has seen us supporting Israel’s immoral positions for the better part of the 20th century. These are not American values. We want to be remembered as a fair and just people. We do not wish to be a part of recorded history where American people are shown as being accomplices to Israel’s crimes. 

 

Letter to
Secretary of State, United States Department of State The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
National Security Advisor Susan Rice
United States Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

We urge you not to use a veto against the Israeli settlement expansion resolution in the UN Security Council. Since 1972 we have used our veto power in the Security Council time and again to protect Israel. We have provided hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to Tel Aviv and yet once again our official policy supports an illegitimate occupation emboldening Israel to remain as intractable and intransigent as ever.
Unchallenged and uncontrolled, Israel will inflame an already volatile region and it’s continued aggression will result in greater violence and once again drag the US into any ensuing conflagration as an unwilling partner.
If we abstain or use a veto we will alienate the rest of the world even further and once again prove that we have a double standard when it comes to Israel. What the entire world sees quite clearly cannot be denied by the US any more. Numerous Israel based human rights organizations and peace activists continue to record and speak out against the cruel and unjust treatment of Palestinians.
The world has seen us supporting Israel’s immoral positions for the better part of the 20th century. These are not American values. We want to be remembered as a fair and just people. We do not wish to be a part of recorded history where American people are shown as being accomplices to Israel’s crimes.
Clearly supporting the resolution is not only the right thing to do but it is also in our best national interest.
We, the American people, support the draft resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements. We support upholding international law and stand against injustice and terrorism from any side. We request that you take the wishes of the American people into account and instruct Ambassador Rice to vote in support of the Palestinian resolution at the UN Security Council.
Thanks for doing the right thing.