I am writing to express my profound outrage over the blatant misuse of our tax dollars to fund Israel's war of terror on the hapless Palestinians. Why are we rewarding the land theft of huge swaths of Palestinian land and the draconian measures to subjugate and starve the Palestinians? I ask you to demand an immediate halt to our support to Israel which has displayed callous disregard for the lives of Palestinians, even young children.
The deafening silence of our government to the continued attacks by Israel on Palestinian civilians should raise the conscience and outrage of all Americans. In Gaza Strip yet another Israeli air strike claimed the lives of three children, five-year old Mohammed Roka, his sister Nadia and sixteen year-old Bilal al-Hassa..
Fourteen civilians, including seven children were wounded in last Tuesday’s attack. Israeli air strikes have now killed up to 22 civilians in the past month.
The Israeli network Channel Two offered conclusive proof that the Israeli military was responsible for the recent Gaza beach bombing that killed eight people. Sources inside the Israeli hospital that treated some of the victims said they removed shrapnel used in Israeli shells. Human Rights Watch investigation came to a similar conclusion.
All lives are precious and the wanton killing of children, must be condemned in the strongest terms by all concerned citizens. I urge readers to call up your lawmakers and demand an immediate halt to all aid to Israel and a resumption of funds to the Palestinians. Let us hold Hamas and the Israeli government to the same standards of acceptable behavior.
Posted by Jagjit Singh, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2006 at 8:45 pm
Ethnic cleansing began in earnest immediately after Hurricane Katrina. A staggering 7,500 teachers were fired condemning them to a wasteland of denied medical coverage and pensions. The state-run school district has ceded control of many of the schools to private charter organizations with virtually no discussion on the planned curriculum.
The announcement by federal housing authorities to close more than 5,000 low income housing units will effectively cleanse the city of tens of thousands of predominately former black residents. The federal government’s action will result in the loss of 85% of its former public housing.
The overt racism which determines public policy was epitomized by the disgusting comment of Richard Baker, ten-year Republican from Baton Rouge who told lobbyists, “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it. But God did.”
I urge readers to peruse Bill Quigley recent article on the website Counterpunch, “Bulldozing Hope, HUD to New Orleans’ Poor’ Go F(ind) Yourself (Housing)! . Bill Quigley is a law professor at Loyola University in New Orleans and director of the Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University.
Posted by Carolyn, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 21, 2006 at 10:46 pm
Thank you for raising this topic, Mr. Singh. I must suggest that everyone do a search on fema concentration camps. One or two results relate to displaced New Orleans residents. All results give reason for discussion, comment, and outrage.
Posted by Mac, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 23, 2006 at 1:22 pm
I really hope our tax dollars don't support educating children that it is their moral obligation to stap bombs to themselves and blow themselves up on buses and in shopping malls.
I hope our tax dollars do support a peaceful, democratic nation and its fight to defend itself from these gruesome terror attacks.
Why have the Palestinians rejected and sabotaged every serious effort by the world to bring peace to the region? Please Palestinians - stop the suicide bombings. Embrace peace. Israel will no longer be forced to use its military to defend itself. Use the billions in international aid to better yourselves and your families. Remember there's only one Jewish state on the planet. Can you let them live in peace?
Posted by Jagjit Singh, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 24, 2006 at 11:33 am
Our media and policy makers seem to be very selective in using the label “terrorist”. Any activity resulting in the loss of life is repugnant and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Hamas has certainly committed acts of violence and deserves international condemnation. By the same token, Israel has committed horrific acts of violence against the Palestinians but these appalling acts are largely ignored. Despite Israel’s numerous human rights violations and abrogation of international law, it continues to be viewed as our ally and received a staggering $3 billion in military aid every year. Perhaps many are not aware that Israel was founded by unrelenting acts of terror. Remember that Prime Minister Begin was a member of the dreaded Irgun, a militant group that bombed the King David Hotel in 1946, killing 91 people, most of them civilians. Ariel Sharon as former Prime Minister of Israel was complicit in the massacres of Palestinians refugee camps in Sabra and Shatilla in Lebanon. During the war of 1948, more than half the Palestinian population, 1,380,000 people, were driven off their homeland by the Israeli army. A UN resolution demanded that the displaced Palestinians be allowed to return. This was ignored by Israel and the confiscated land was obtained through ethnic cleansing ( Prof. Tanya Reinhart’s book on the Israeli/Palestine conflict).
Sadly, the strong Jewish lobby is stifling debate and intimidating our lawmakers. A recent study by two distinguished political science professors (Professor Stephen Walt of Harvard University and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago) allege that US foreign policy is being unduly influenced by the powerful Israeli lobby. The authors accuse the pro-Israeli lobby of unduly influencing the media and silencing critics by accusing them of anti-Semitism. Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota recently received a threatening call from AIPAC.
Unless we adopt a more balance approach to the Middle East, the killing and hatred will only intensify. We must view all acts which violate the sanctity of life as terror.
Land theft is an act of terror. Water theft is an act of terror. House demolitions are acts of terror. Cutting down thousands of olive trees (one of the sources of income for the Palestinians) is an act of terror. Withholding badly needed funds and starving the Palestinians is an act of terror. Military checkpoints which deny the freedom of travel even in health emergencies, is an act of terror. Stocking piling huge cache of nuclear weapons and ignoring repeated UN resolutions is an act of terror.
For more information of the Middle East, I urge readers to go to: Web Link
Posted by Walter E. Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 24, 2006 at 9:29 pm
The price Israel has paid for our aid, which has been matched with aid to Egypt, has been restraining retaliation against agression. Israel should be released from any resraint, and "Palestine" should forfeit one square mile for every attack against Israel.
Posted by Ralph Bernstein, a resident of Los Altos, on Jul 18, 2009 at 9:07 am
Jagjit Singh, continuously attacks Israel, blaming all Middle East problems on that small nation. I have never heard him express any criticsm on agressive Arab countries seeking to destroy Israel. Why is Jagjit Singh silent on that and all other offensive Arabs attacks on Israel?
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2009 at 9:53 am
Poor Mr. Singh. It would be simply a pity, if only it weren't so true that millions in the Middle East ( and here, sadly enough) actually really believe as he believes. And that brings it from the realm of pity and into the realm of scary.
Wake up people, to most of you it may be nothing more than the rantings of one single individual which elicits our kind pity, but for millions more this is the kind of brainwashed "knowledge" that feeds the hateful cycle of suicide murders against Israel, which Israel then pushes back against to try to prevent further attacks. Until this stops, until the attacks stop, the violence will continue.
If Israel lays down its arms, it is annhilated..if the rest of the Middle East lays down its arms, there will be peaceful interdependence and prosperity for all.