In light of some of the comments I have received concerning the use of
the term 'pro-Palestinian', I would like to clarify the following:
Pro-Palestinian does not mean anti-Israel
Pro-Palestinian does not mean advocating terrorism
Pro-Palestinian does not mean supporting "the indiscriminate
slaughter of innocent Israeli civilians by the most gruesome and inhuman
means that are being employed by the Palestinians and their backers and
supporters" - quote a 'memo' addressed to this journalist.
Pro-Palestinian does not mean suicide bombings.
Consider Adam Shapiro, 30, of New York, director of Seeds of Peace, the
international organization known for promoting peace between cultures
through various outreach programs. Shapiro received international
attention when he joined Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in his
Ramallah compound, defying the Israeli siege last month. It was reported
that Shapiro had breakfast with Arafat and tried to persuade the IDF to
let ambulances through to treat the wounded and dying. Shapiro even
pleaded with the world to force the Israelis to halt their "atrocities
against innocent Palestinian children".
Noah Shapiro, Adam's brother and spokesperson since the Shapiro family
received death threats, outlined it clearly: "But in no uncertain terms
does that sympathy toward Palestinian children mean that we support
Adam and Noah Shapiro are both Jews.
Consequently, the definition of the term becomes clear:
Pro-Palestinian means that the inalienable rights of the Palestinian
people must be protected, preserved, and promoted.
Pro-Palestinian means that the Palestinians deserve a national
status of their own.
Pro-Palestinian means that the illegal Israeli occupation of
Palestinian territories must end.
Pro-Palestinian means that the military roadblocks which humiliate
and impoverish the Palestinian people must be removed.
Pro-Palestinian means that the internationally condemned Israeli
settlements must be removed.
Pro-Palestinian means a return to the Oslo, Wye River, and Taba
Pro-Palestinian means holding free and democratic elections in a
free and independent Palestine.
Pro-Palestinian means a halt to the maiming and indiscriminate
shooting of Palestinian civilians; according to Israeli Human Rights
group B'Tslem, 66,000 Palestinians have been wounded in the past 21
months - 60 percent of them under the age of 15.
I would like to know how a legal, peaceful demonstration protesting war
in general and calling on the international community to recognize and
protect Palestinian human rights could be construed as a demonstration
condoning and promoting suicide bombings. This is nonsensical, naive
I would also like to understand how one could interpret CAIR's
statement (that organizations are calling for the suspension of the
California Highway Patrol for improper conduct) to mean support for
suicide bombings. This is blind arrogance.
None of the demonstrators in San Francisco called for suicide bombings.
None called for killing of Israelis, civilian, military, or otherwise.
None called for war. None called for aggression. They called on a halt to
violent Israeli practices in the occupied territories.
CAIR has taken great lengths to condemn acts of violence on both sides
of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
An overwhelming majority of Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims absolutely
condemn suicide bombings as flying in the face of Islamic principles.
When Sophia Ibrahim, the young girl arrested at the demonstration, was
asked what she was demonstrating for, she said "for the children of
Suicide bombings indeed.
Enough overweening petulance.