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Petition to Howard Dean for Clarification of Stance on I/P Conflict

Time to corner and expose the "good Doctor"
To: Dr. Howard Dean
As members of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, The Green Party, Progressives, Independents, and other parties interested in your candidacy, we would like to express our deep reservations regarding your stated positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on speeches and interviews given last year and early this year, you spoke often of the Israeli victims of terror, yet you failed to acknowledge the three-fold number of Palestinian civilians who have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces, or the Israeli military's incursion and illegal occupation of large portions of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. These incendiary actions by the Israeli military have fueled much of the animosity in the region, and they must be acknowledged in any fair assessment of the situation. It is also important to recognize that the expropriation of land and settlement activities have been repeatedly condemned by the U.N. Security Council, and the United Nation's General Assembly has determined that Israel's occupation of the territories have "no legal basis".


Additionally, in an interview with The Forward earlier this year, you stated that your views are closer to AIPAC's (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) than APN's (Americans for Peace Now). We view AIPAC's positions as more hawkish and one-sided, resembling the vision of the neocons within the Bush administration; and APNs as multilateral, reaching out to all sides of the conflict. We understand that statements can be taken out of context and misread. Can you clarify this statement?

Lastly, you said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post that you support the $8 billion in loans recently given to Israel and would in fact increase the amount of annual aid from $3 billion to $4 billion [Alternet]. Consider the following facts:

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don't vote 04.Aug.2003 04:38

vt

if you don't like howard dean's support of israel, DON'T VOTE FOR HIM

in fact, maybe you should just not vote at all, it doesn't really matter one way or the other

You got my mark 04.Aug.2003 05:06

James

...Despite some things which I found sick on that webpage, like the Israeli-Palestinian death counter. But I'd like some clarification myself.

Ask dean this... 05.Aug.2003 15:42

TheTroll

Does Dean think that the Zionist Crusader State releasing hundreds of palestinians from the Zionist's dungeons (built and maintained with American taxes) makes it clear that the Zionist invadors are serious about peace with palestinians, or does Dean think that releasing the palestinians is just an admittion that the Zionist Crusader State has a practice of taking palestinians hostage for months and years? Come on, do you really think the Zionist invadors of palestine would release 440 Palestinians if there was ANY reason to believe those palestinians had ANY involvment in ANY violence directed at the Zionists by the Palestinian resistance? The Palestinians are to be set free tomorrow (wednesday, aug. 6th), and I bet you my very soul that the whore media will present the public relations spectacle as how the Zionist invadors are both more civilized and serious about peace with the people that have suffered under Zionist agressions for decades; and NOT how the release just prooves that Zionists take hostages (a clear terrorist activity) as policy Finance the taking of Palestinian hostages with our taxes, makes us accomplises in the terrorist action, thanks to whore polititians lusting after a special intrest's support (votes and campain contributions).

Hostages, punching bags for the Zionist's dehumanization indoctrination, that is just simantics. Don't hassle me over simantics.