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Obama " Stop the Settlements"

Dear friends,

Obama is challenging Israel's right-wing government to stop its settlements, which are killing prospects for peace -- let's raise a massive global chorus to help him overcome powerful opposition in Israel and the US:

West Bank settlement maps show how Palestinians are only allowed to live in small parts of their land:
President Obama just made a remarkable speech in Egypt, committing personally to building peace in the Middle East. Unexpectedly, his first move is to directly challenge the new right-wing government of America's ally Israel -- pressing them to stop their self-destructive policy of settlements (illegal colonies set up on territory recognised by the US and the world as Palestinian).

This is a moment of rare crisis and opportunity. Obama’s bold strategy is facing powerful opposition, so he’s going to need help around the world in the coming days and weeks to strengthen his resolve. Let’s start right now -- by raising a massive global chorus behind Obama’s statement that the settlements in occupied territory must stop.

We’ll advertise the number of signatures in key newspapers in Israel, as well as in Washington DC (where some are trying to undermine Obama in the US Congress). Read Obama’s words now and add your signature to them at the link below, then forward this email to friends and family so they can do the same:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_stop_settlements

There is broad agreement that the settlements are a significant barrier to peace, a view also shared by a silent majority of the Israeli public. Combined with a network of roadblocks and barriers, these colonies now blanket the West Bank, seizing territory and forcing Palestinians to live effectively as prisoners in smaller and smaller pockets (see map at right).

Until this problem is tackled, it seems impossible to build a viable Palestinian state or any kind of lasting peace. For Arab states deciding what more they themselves can do for peace, stopping the settlements has become a crucial test of Israel’s seriousness.

We’ll need to urge the other parties to take bold steps too. If we can help Obama to stay the course on settlements, shift Israeli policy and encourage the Palestinians and key Arab states also to stretch out their hands, a new beginning for the Middle East is possible.

But none of this will happen without a growing global movement of citizens taking action to support it. Read Obama’s words, add your signature and spread the word today:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_stop_settlements

With hope and determination,

Paul, Raluca, Ricken, Brett, Paula, Graziela, Rajeev, Iain, Taren, Milena, Luis, Alice and the whole Avaaz team

President Obama's speech (full text):
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/politics/04obama.text.html?_r=2

Heading More on Israeli Settlements:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/story/1070944.html

Israeli Settlement Growth Must Stop:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/world/middleeast/28mideast.html?bl&ex=...

Israel Hopes for Arab Reconciliation:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hIeUqCAozK3Ibhbxa86Ur...

Obama Seeks New Start with Muslims:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/20096492421821542.html

Ministers Split Over Obama's Cairo Speech
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3726367,00.html

Bin Laden Attacks Obama Policies:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/200963123251920623....

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Comments

Tanya's picture

Respect

My personal take on this is that the word "settlement" is a euphemism for occupied land/occupation/illegally acquired land wherein it has not been sold to the Israelis. I dont think we can ever comprehend the lives of those who live under an occupying force until we actually get to step in their shoes. I have SO much respect for people who are still resisting, fighting (I may disagree about the methods - although when you're subjected to violence at every step, stripped of your dignity and humiliated, it's easy to sit back and condemn. Im in two minds...as an act of self defense maybe it is justified - ofcourse not at the expense of innocents. That ofcourse is terrorism. However, I also strongly believe violence for whatever reason can never be a used as a long term strategy and result in a solution).

I salute the resistance of the people of Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya and every other people who are fighting for a justified cause, which is to live in freedom with dignity and respect.

In Solidarity!

Tanya Daud

malayapinas's picture

Palestinian resistance

Dear Tanya,

I've been following the Palestinian crisis eversince. It's very devastating situation and i always respect the options left for the Palestinian people to resist in whatever means against the violence of US and Israeli government. I do support them in their struggle against occupation of the Israeli government, I admire their courage and patriotism to defend and fight for their lands and life. On the other hand, if President Barack Obama really cares about the Palestinian people, he should stop supporting huge amount of people's money and arms to the Israeli government.

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