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Many voices around the world speak up for the Palestinians, but few in the U.S. Congress.
Lawmakers in Washington routinely pass nonbinding resolutions supporting Israel during Middle East crises. The Senate on Thursday backed Israel's battle against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the House of Representatives followed on Friday.
Even U.S. lawmakers who express sympathy for the Palestinians hesitate to call themselves pro-Palestinian and they voice strong support for the security of Israel as well, hewing to decades of close U.S.-Israeli ties.
As for this current news bit, I couldn't help but notice in this article, Paul & Kucinich mentioned as two of the few who stuck their heads out for the Palistinians. The character, courage and integrity of these men still continue to impress me. When you consider how much they have been through this past campaign year and all of the good works they produce over the course of their terms in congress. If the election wasn't rigged/predetermined, I can't help but wonder what the two of them would have brought to the white house... and what actions they would have taken with regard to israel/palestine. Unfortunately all i can do is speculate/dream.
H RES 34 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 9-Jan-2009 1:40 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree
BILL TITLE: Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
There's a theme that goes way back to the origins of Zionism. And it's a very rational theme: "Let's delay negotiations and diplomacy as long as possible, and meanwhile we'll 'build facts on the ground.'" So Israel will create the basis for what some eventual agreement will ratify, but the more they create, the more they construct, the better the agreement will be for their purposes. Those purposes are essentially to take over everything of value in the former Palestine and to undermine what's left of the indigenous population.
I think one of the reasons for popular support for this in the United States is that it resonates very well with American history. How did the United States get established? The themes are similar.