Friday, August 01, 2014
To the editor:
The first step in negotiating a solution to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is to find a new mediator. For at least three decades, the United States has assumed this obligation. But no solution to this crisis can be found when the mediator is biased in favor of one of the parties.
We just heard yet another U.S. president announce that “Israel has a right to defend itself.” Congress passed the same declaration in near unanimity. Nothing was said about the Palestinians’ rights as an occupied territory. It is past time to assign this task to an unbiased mediator.
The main issue is justice. Israel will not agree to a just resolution because it would then have to abandon its long-term objective of driving the Palestinians from Gaza so that this strip of land can become part of Israel.
The Israeli state has made this objective abundantly clear in the words that have accompanied the present onslaught. The Palestinians appropriately will not accept a treaty that gives them nothing less than the justice for which they have suffered over decades and for which so many have died.
South Africans offered an action which other nationalities might emulate — they sent their Israeli ambassador home. The BDS movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel needs to spread. Pressure must be put on our Congress to stop sending billions to Israel in foreign aid.
Mary L. Wentworth