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June 06, 2008

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I'm curious why people think Democrats would somehow be more friendly to Palestinians than Republicans.

I can't see any reason the Democratic Party would suddenly end their long-term, unconditional support for the state of Israel.

If anything, the Republicans have been generally ambivalent (Geo. W. Bush is the first US president to call for an independent Palestinian state, but has done little to help them get there), while the Democrats have been consistently friendly to the most extreme wings of the Israel lobby.

McCain's and Obama's AIPAC statements threaten to continue unjust and inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people by U.S. policy makers and their Israeli "cops on the beat".

Both Obama and McCain continue to support unconditional military "aid" (meaning money into the pockets of U.S. corporations) to Israel as well as the exclusion of Hamas from peace talks.

We must pressure Obama to distance himself from Bush-lite/McCain-lite foreign policy. Please offer no support for any candidate who would take such despicable positions.

Please sign this Jewish Voice for Peace petition now at: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1262

As a Jewish American, my first obligation is to change my own country's policies, e.g., economic, military and political support for the corrupt, militarist Israeli elites. Once we end this support, the Israeli people will be forced to act to change their own society.

Found this quote today in "Elvis is Titanic: Classroom Tales from the Other Iraq" by Ian Klaus.
"Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort." (Edward Said)

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