PALESTINA - BALSAM
> URGENT APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT: SAVE > PALESTINE AND ISRAEL > >
The elimination of the Palestinian national presence > west of the Jordan
River is implicit in the long-term > aims of the Israeli right wing. A violent,
> apocalyptic driving-out of the entire Palestinian > population is explicitly
advocated by the rightmost > political circles. What has actually been taking
place > since the beginning of the 35 years of Israeli > occupation of the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, but at an > unprecedented rate for the last two years,
is a > systematic process of demolition of Palestinian > private and public
property, and mass expropriation of > Palestinian land on behalf of settlers.
The guiding > principle is the effort to minimize the size of the > area actually
inhabited by Palestinians. At the same > time, huge-scale harassment has been
taking place, by > means of prolonged curfews, road-blocks, humiliations, >
beatings, military invasions of densely populated > areas, detentions of thousands
without trial under > sub-humane conditions, obstruction of access to work,
> medical care, schools and universities, and a host of > other means. The soldiers
were given license to treat > any Palestinian as a potential terrorist. Millions
> of Palestinians have been reduced by Israeli > government policies to life
in fearsome ghettos. Most > are now subsisting under the poverty line, on savings
> or handouts from humanitarian > organizations. > > The ever-intensifying oppressive
measures are being > inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli government, >
ostensibly to fight terror. We unequivocally condemn > terrorist attacks against
Israeli civilians. There can > be no justification for acts of violence against
any > unarmed people.However, the Israeli policies are not a > way to reduce
terror; rather, they promote it, as > evidenced by the dramatic increase in
terror acts > during the last two years. The terror acts are then > cynically
used by Prime Minister Sharon as a pretext > to inflict more damage and hardships
on the > Palestinians, and to further de-legitimize their > existence in the
occupied territories in the > perception of the Israelis. THE PALESTINIAN PRESENCE
> STANDS IN THE WAY OF SHARON'S LIFE-LONG VISION OF > GREATER ISRAEL, WITH SETTLERS
SUPPLANTING > PALESTINIANS. THIS OBJECTIVE IS TRANSPARENT TO ANYBODY > WHO FOLLOWS
WHAT HIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ACTUALLY > DOING, rather than listening to the
frequently uttered > but empty declarations about peace intentions, "once >
the security problems are solved". > > The Israeli society pays a high price
for the attempts > of its politicians to extend the Israeli domination, > and
for their addiction to territorial expansion. The > drive to develop Israel
as a modern, productive and > tolerant society was cruelly truncated. This drive
has > been evident in periods of hopeful peace negotiations > with neighboring
Arab states, and with Palestnians. > Fatalistic resignation to the vicious circle
of fear, > oppression, violence and counter-violence is depriving > the whole
society of positive energy, forward looking > projects and hope. The drain on
the state resources > by the war effort and the expansion of the settlements
> and the concurrent loss of investment result in large > scale unemployment
and economic recession. Large > sectors of the Israeli society are denied access
to a > decent standard of living, to decent education, and to > productive integration
into modern technological and > cultural world. Instead, backward-looking >
ultra-nationalistic ideologies are taking firm hold on > the social and political
scene. Young Israeli soldiers > sent to implement the brutal occupation measures
are > likely to be morally scarred for life. > > The ongoing devastation of
Palestine must be stopped, > for the sake of both Palestine and Israel. > >
Prof. Zach Adam, Prof. Colman Altman, Dr. Janina > Altman, Dr. Issam Aburiya,
Dr. Amotz Agnon, Dr. Shmuel > Amir, Prof Daniel Amit, Prof. Zalman Amit, Dr.
Yossi > Amitay, Prof. Michael Ardon, Dr. Judith Avrahami, > Prof. (Emeritus)
Shalom Baer, Dr. Outi Bat-El, Prof. > Maya Bar-Hillel, Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal,
Prof Ron > Barkai, Dr. Anat Barnea , Prof. Matania Ben-Arzi, Ofra > Ben-Arzi,
M.A., Dr. Shmuel Ben-Dor, Prof. Ziva > Ben-Porat, Dr. Louise Bethlehem, Prof.
Anat Biletzki, > Dr. Jose Brunner, Dr. Ido Bruno, Prof. Victoria Buch, > Prof.
Ruth Butler, Raz Chen-Morris, Dr. Eliot Cohen, > Dr. Raya Cohen, Dr. Veronica
Cohen, Dr. Leo Corry, > Dr. Michael Dahan, Prof. David Degani, Prof. Sidra >
DeKoven Ezrahi, Dr. David De-Vries, Athena Elizabeth > DeRasmo, Prof. Tommy
Dreyfus, Dr. Otniel E. Dror, Dr. > Freema Elbaz-Luwisch, Prof. Emmanuel Farjoun,
Dr. > Elizabeth Freund,Prof. Gideon Freudenthal, > Dr. Iris Fry , Prof. Michael
Fry , Michal Gal, Prof. > Chaim Gans, Dr. Ido Geiger, Prof. Avner Giladi, Prof.
> Rachel Giora, Dr. Snait Gissis, Prof. Eli Glasner, > Dr. Daphna Golan, Prof.
Oded Goldreich, Dr. Ofra > Goldstein-Gidoni, Dr. Neve Gordon, Prof. Lev Grinberg
> , Prof. Yossi Guttman, Dr. Ruth HaCohen, Prof. Uri > Hadar, Dr. Jeff Halper,
Yuval Halperin, Shoshana > Halper, M.A., Prof Don Handelman, Prof. Galit > Hasan-Rokem,
Prof. Avram Heffner, Dr. Sara Helman, Dr. > Yitzhak Hen, > Prof. Hanna Herzog,
Prof. Ze'ev Herzog , Prof. Hannan > Hever, Prof. Peter Hillman, Uri Horesh,
Prof. Ehud > Hrushovski, Tal Itzhaki, Prof. Eva Jablonka, > Dr. Devorah Kalekin-Fishman,
Prof. Naftali Kaminski, > MD, Prof. Jacob Katriel, Prof. Tamar Katriel, > Dr.
Shoshana Keiny, Prof. Baruch Kimmerling, Judy > Kupferman, Dr. Orna Kupferman,
Prof. Raz Kupferman, > Dr. Ron Kuzar, Dr. Idan Landau, Prof. Hubert Law-Yone,
> Daphna Levit, Joyce Livingstone, MS, > Prof. Ram Loevy , Dr. Orly Lubin, Haim
Luski, Prof. > Ruth Manor, Prof Uri Maor, Dr. Anat Matar, Dr. Nina > Mayorek,
Dr. Sara Meilijson , Prof. Isaac Meilijson, > Prof. Amnon Meisels, Prof. Ben
Tzion Munitz, Dr. > Doron Narkiss, Prof. (Emeritus) Gad Nathan, Dr. Isaac >
(Yanni) Nevo, Prof. Ami Oren, Prof. Avraham Oz, Ronie > Parciack, Dr. Nurit
Peled-Elhanan, > Prof. Yoav Peled, Dr. Kobi Peter, Dr. Yuri Pines, Dr. > Uri
Ram , Dr. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Dr. Ofra Rechter, > Prof. Ya'acov Ritov, Dr.
Daniel Rohrlich, Prof Freddie > Rokem, Dr. Dana Ron, Dr. Moshe Ron, > Prof.
Tova Rosen, Dr. Maya Rosenfeld, Dr. Zeev Rotem, > Dr. Amalia Sa'ar, Dr. Ilan
Saban, Prof. Benny Shanon, > Dr. Nita Schehet, Dr. Christoph Schmidt, Prof.
Avraham > Schweiger, Dr. Gideon Shelach, Ricki Shiv, Prof. Moshe > Shokeid,
Prof. Idan Segev, Prof. Leon Sheleff, Rinah > Sheleff, M.A., Prof. Nomi Shir,
Prof. David Shulman, > Prof. Anna Sfard, Marcos Wasem, Dr. Amiel Vardi, Dr.
> Vered Vinitzky, Renata Wolfson, M.A., > Smadar Tabenkin-Ezer, M.A., Dr. Zvi
Tauber, > Dr. Dudy Tzfati, Rakefet Zalashik, > Dr. Niza Yanay, Dr. Michael Yogev,
Prof. Joseph > Zeira, Dr. Moshe Zuckermann, Prof. Moshe Zimmermann > ------------------------------------------------------------
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> > US Congress: > http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/directory/directory.dbq?
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