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STOP Israeli settlements NOW!

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John Eyster
Monday, September 26, 2011

STOP Israeli settlments NOW!

Responding to the Palestinian official request for FULL MEMBERSHIP in the UNITED NATIONS, the QUARTET (European Union, US, UN and Russia) articulated its demand through its Special Envoy Tony Blair, former British prime minister, for NEW face-to-face PEACE TALKS immediately.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded by re-asserting the KEY REQUIREMENT he articulated in his address to the U.N. General Assembly last Friday: Stop expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land! I agree with President Abbas! What do YOU think?

I note that my wife, Marilyn, asserted that the continued building of SETTLEMENTS by ISRAEL as a strategy to continue “invading” Palestine with the goal of PREVENTING a meaningful and appropriate 2-state situation in the future in her LETTER TO THE EDITOR (LTE). I cited my agreement with MARILYN in my post “YES to Palestinian Statehood NOW!” last Wednesday, September 21, 2011. She had first-hand personal experience in PALESTINE on the border with ISRAEL last March 2011.

I have been very happy to see her LTE published by the “Beloit Daily News” and the Milton Courier (not available online). I am watching the Janesville Gazette to read her LTE. Time will tell...

The environment since Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the U.N. General Assembly last Friday has been dynamic. I have tried to follow the dynamics as various nations and persons have responded.

One MUST give attention to the proposal by the “QUARTET” represented by Tony Blair and reported by Joby Warrick and Colum Lynch with William Branigin in the Washington Post last Friday, “Palestinian bid for U.N. membership effectively on hold after global powers push to restart talks.”

I share David Ignatius’ DISappointment with President Obama’s stance vis-à-vis PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD, “Caution fills Obama’s playbook.” The Washington Post has the tickler on its homepage for Ignatius’ OpEd column, “Obama retreats on Middle East stance.” Come on, Barack Obama! Where is the CHANGE I can believe in?! (APOLOGY – I got this response from the title of the book, “Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise” published September 9, 2008.

I have been SHOCKED to learn that on Thursday, February 17, 2011, the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION issued its FIRST VETO in the UN Security Council to prevent the UN General Assembly from CONDEMNING ISRAEL for continuing to build the ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS on PALESTINIAN TERRITORY! I urge you to read the British Guardian’s article, “US vetoes UN condemnation of Israeli settlements.” HELP! NOT change I can believe in, Mr. Obama! What about YOU?

That led to the incisive question by Brad Knickerbocker in his article, “If Obama opposes Israeli settlement activity, why did US veto UN vote?” published on Friday, February 18, 2011 by The Christian Science Monitor.

I myself support a key advocacy group focused on “End the Occupation: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation [of Palestine].” This group focuses on U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Palestine and Israel.

IF you want to learn more about the Palestine – Israel situation, I encourage you to use this link, General middle east reports which is a feature segment New York Times website.

To have the benefit of the 4 interactive graphics about Palestine-Israel, start with this link, “Challenges in Defining an Israeli-Palestine Border.” This feature has four valuable Interactive graphic links, “The Key Issues Explained,” “The Battle of the Barrier,” “The Settlement Issue,” and “Sharing Jerusalem.”

This is one of those continuing issues in international relations which have challenged the WORLD in its search for PEACE since LONG BEFORE the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 by the U.N. I think we MUST pay MORE attention to the REALITY that PALESTINE has a VERY LONG HISTORY.

I urge you to read the Wikipedia feature article “Palestine” to gain more information and perspective on the LONG history of PALESTINE. The post-World War I boundaries created by France and Britian in their boundary agreement for Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Mesopotamia. The mandates (cover word for “colonies”) created ARTIFICIAL boundaries. We are STILL PAYING for that act of IMPERIALISM by European powers after World War I.

Why do we NOT learn from HISTORY?! Remember the assertion by George Santayana in the book, "The Life of Reason," “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Wikipedia tells us, “This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants:

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.

Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.

Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.

Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

IF you want to read this quote or check on others by George Santayana, use this link to “George Santayana.” Live and learn!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:51 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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