Instead of Kvetching About the 'Israel Lobby', Support the State Dept. When It Does Something Right

Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, December 28, 2006

The State Department, in a "rare public rebuke," criticized Israeli government plans to build a new settlement in the West Bank, the New York Times reports

"We are aware of reports about the Maskiot settlement," said a State Department spokesperson. "The establishment of a new settlement or the expansion of an existing settlement would violate Israel's obligations under the road map."

"The U.S. calls on Israel to meet its road map obligations and avoid taking steps that could be viewed as pre-determining the outcome of final-status negotiations," the spokesperson said.

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Abbas Attempts A Political Coup

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has made an announcement of early elections. His call for elections has sparked off violence in the occupied territories. Hamas-led government has termed Mr. Abbas's  move as a coup.

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Jimmy Carter Attacks Israel

Former President Jimmy Carter is back on the talk-show circuit demonizing Israel in pursuit of "peace". Here's what he's been saying:

   

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November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Indeed today is that special day when we are meant to stop albeit for a few minutes and reflect on this immense human tragedy:

In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II)). Full text

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Related Activities (that I know of)

On this day, in Great Britain, activists will be lobbying Parliament to "Stop Starving the Palestinians - Stop Arming Israel".

A senior PLO aide is in New York to participate in the event at the UN.

And as my contribution to this day's event, I offer this article: Peace through equality for all and this video: Visit Palestine.

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U.S. Vetoes Justice Again

`Operation Autumn Clouds' officially ended claiming dozens of lives a leaving a town in grief. The name is a reference to Israel's earlier `Operation Summer Rains' - one wonders if the IDF is planning a whole set, a twisted homage to Vivaldi. The semblance to `Operation Summer Rains' goes beyond the name, however - both campaigns have been marked by criminality and, in the words of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme Director, "nothing less than reckless disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians".

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