stopping settlements = stopping ethnic cleansing
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Stopping settlements = "Ethnic Cleansing"? :)
Opponents of President Obama's call to end Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank have hit a new low, equating stopping settlements with "ethnic cleansing."
The Israel Project, a right-wing media advocacy group, was caught red-handed this week privately distributing outrageous, fear-mongering pro-settlement talking points to its activists in a blatant attempt to undermine the President's Middle East agenda.
Their so-called advice? First, if you get a question about settlements, change the subject. If pressed, say stopping settlements is "a kind of ethnic cleansing." 
Unbelievable. As someone who cares about Israel's future, I know that stopping settlements - as well as Palestinian incitement and violence - are first steps towards a secure, Jewish, and democratic Israel through a two-state solution. Using terms like "ethnic cleansing" to undermine that agenda is incendiary and dangerous - and, I believe, not pro-Israel.
Click here to demand that The Israel Project's Executive Director Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi remove any pro-settlement, fear-mongering talking points from her organization's materials.
The Israel Project's talking points even admit that the public, including pro-Israel Americans, aren't on their side. They say that "public opinion is hostile to the settlements - even among supporters of Israel." You bet we're hostile to settlements - they're bad for Israel!
As Doug Bloomfield, a columnist for the New Jersey Jewish News, wrote this week:
[The Israel Project] says the "best argument" for settlements is this: Since Arab citizens of Israel "enjoy equal rights," telling Jews they can't live in the Palestinian state "is a racist idea."
Even though that's completely false, as Bloomfield continues:
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said this week that Jews would be welcome to live in the Palestinian state and enjoy the same rights Israeli Arabs enjoy in Israel.
Israeli settlers that don't want to remain behind would be repatriated into a Jewish, democratic Israel as part of a political solution that would finally provide Israel with real peace and security.
That's why we've got to speak up against The Israel Project's propaganda - it's not only wrong, but it's endangering Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic homeland. Big, well-funded organizations like The Israel Project cannot be allowed to sow confusion and fear about how settlements hurt both Israel and the chances for a two-state solution.
Click here to send a message to The Israel Project's Executive Director demanding that she remove these scurrilous talking points from all of her materials.
Thanks for all you do.
July 9, 2009
 "Change the policy, or change the subject?" by Douglas M. Bloomfield. New Jersey Jewish News, July 9, 2009.
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