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John Kerry's Words have Inflamed Arab Community

John Kerry's Words have Inflamed the Arab Community throughout the World


By Genevieve Cora Fraser

Just when I thought John Kerry would be fair to both sides... this article appears... ''The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America,'' by Senator John F. Kerry. He has lost his credibility as an honest broker! This statement flies in the face of his balancing the concerns of both Israel and the Arab world. John Kerry's words have inflamed Arabs thoughout the world... and in America. It is everywhere, in emails and publications throughout Europe, the UK, America and the Middle East .

I still support Kerry as President for his stance on the economy, jobs, health care and the environment but challenge him to clarify his position and acknowledge the wrongs that have been inflicted by the Israeli Zionists on the Palestinian people, many of whom are direct descendants of the ancient people of the Holy Land.

Kerry's other challenger Ralph Nader is an Arab, a Semite. Much of the leadership in Israel is composed of members of the Jewish religion who are predominantly descendants of white Europeans, not Semites. Their racist politics and policies in Palestine and Israel and in refugee camps throughout the Middle East have impoverished, denigrated, and in hundreds of thousand of incidents have brutalized and massacred the Semites among them, relegating them to the lowest escheleons of society.

Today with the Apartheid Wall, razor-wire electrified fence, Israeli only roads, checkpoints and roadblocks and a host of other methods, Israel has sentenced every man, woman and child in the occupied territories to a life in prison minus the amenities you would find in the civilized world. It is time the Senator educated himself to the "facts on the ground."

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Genevieve Cora Fraser
Massachusetts
gcfraser@gis.net

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"The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America"
By SEN. JOHN KERRY
Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/kerry02172004.html

My first trip to Israel made real for me all I'd believed about Israel.

I was allowed to fly an air force jet from the Ovda Airbase. It was then that Israeli insecurity about narrow borders became very real to me. In a matter of minutes, I came close to violating the airspace of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. From that moment on, I felt as Israelis do: The promise of peace must be secure before the Promised Land is secure on a thin margin of land.

Back on the ground on that first trip, I toured the country from Kibbutz Mizgav Am to Masada to the Golan. I stood in the very shelter in a kibbutz in the north where children were attacked and I looked at launching sites and impact zones for Katousha rockets. I was enthralled by Tel Aviv, moved by Jerusalem and inspired by by standing above Capernaum, looking out over the Sea of Galilee, where I read aloud the Sermon on The Mount. I met people of stunning commitment, who honestly and vigorously debated the issues as I watched and listened intently. I went as a friend by conviction; I returned a friend at the deepest personal level.

As the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel has both the burden and the glory of a vigorous public square. We as Americans must be the truest and best kind of ally--forthright enough to say what we think--and steadfast enough to stay the course in hard passages as well as easy days.

Herzl's famous words--"If you will it, it is no dream"--signify the promise and the greatest power of Israel--and the hope that a fair and secure peace can be achieved. We must be committed to support Israel in the exacting, essential search for that dream.

I will never forget a moment on top of Masada, when I stood on that great plateau where the oath of new soldiers used to be sworn against the desert backdrop and the test of history. I had spent several hours with Yadin Roman debating whether or not Josephus Flavius was correct in his account of the siege--whether these really were the last Jews fighting for survival--whether they had escaped since no remains were ever found. After our journey through history--which we resolved with a vote in favor of history as recorded--we stood as a group at the end of the cliff and altogether we shouted across the chasm--across the desert--Am Yisrael Chai. And across the silence we listened as voices came back--faintly we heard the echo of the souls of those who perished--Am Yisrael Chai. The State of Israel lives. The people of Israel live.

In this difficult time we must again reaffirm we are enlisted for the duration--and reaffirm our belief that the cause of Israel must be the cause of America--and the cause of people of conscience everywhere.

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- John Kerry is a Massachusetts Senator and a Democratic Candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Article is originally appeared in the Brown Students for Israel publication "Perspectives: An Israel Review"

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