Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An interesting read


The South African Muslim dilemma: ANC and Palestine or DA and Israel?

         Remarks by Affan Sosibo  on behalf of the ANCYL to the Muslim anti-apartheid  veterans.
 Scottburgh town hall 23/07/2014
 Chairperson and your patriots
I am highly pleased to be here.
The ANC is a “broad Church” led by South Africans of all tribes, races and religions. No party in this country can claim to have so many Muslims, Jews and Hindus in every level of leadership from the branches to the National Executive committee. You, the South African Muslims were the first to call for an organised black rebellion against colonialism. It was Dr Abdullah Abdurrahman    who founded the African Political Action in 1902 long before the founding of the African national Congress (ANC) in 1912. Throughout our struggle against apartheid the South African Muslims were leading everywhere, in exile, inside the country and in the jungle.  The Muslim countries also played a big role in the struggle against apartheid.
In the early sixties the British foreign secretary received a message from the emissary of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al thani. The Emir politely informed the British, in no uncertain terms, that the apartheid regime in South Africa and the Zionist Regime in Palestine were an affront to humanity and had to be defeated. The British authorities later found out that the Emir was speaking due to heavy pressure exerted on him by the Muslim countries of Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan.  Ironically, while these Muslim countries were mobilising against apartheid, Israel was busy sending arms to South Africa to kill the blacks and helped to start a nuclear weapons program geared towards ensuring White minority rule all over Southern  Africa. Pakistan hosted Dr Yusuf Dadoo who briefed them about the struggle against apartheid and the condition of Indian people in apartheid South Africa.  Indonesia and Egypt together with Ghana and India formed a strong anti-apartheid bloc at the United Nations (UN).

In 1965, Algeria hosted many fighters from the African National Congress, who received military training before returning to South Africa to execute military operations. Nelson Mandela received his initial military training by the revolutionaries of the National Liberation Front in Algeria in the early 1960s, when he decided to establish a military arm to the African National Congress. Upon release from prison 1990 Nelson Mandela travelled to the USA where the Jews tried to force him to distance himself from Chairman Yasser Arafat and Colonel Muamar Gaddafi. Mandela lucidly told the Americans that Arafat and Gadhafi were staunch supporters of the liberation struggle in South Africa not only in rhetoric but they also put resources at the disposal of the ANC to free South Africa.

This global Muslim struggle against apartheid was beautifully complemented by the role played by the South African Muslims in the struggle against apartheid. In every sphere and in every phase of the revolution the South African Muslims were active and leading.  The Jewish community also joined in the struggle, mainly communists like Joe Slovo, Ronnie kasrils, Albie Sachs, George Bizos and Denis Goldberg, A significant part of this community contributed and benefited from the exploitation and oppression of the black masses. Opposition to apartheid was carried out in the form of protests, strikes, military operations and total DE legitimisation of the apartheid regime. Jews who opposed Botha within an apartheid parliament are not revolutionaries they are just disagreeing on policies and legislations but otherwise accept the apartheid framework.

Many Muslim South Africans, both individuals and organizations, fought bravely against the apartheid regime.

In addition to the well-known high profile Muslim anti-apartheid personalities, there were very many ordinary Muslims who fought and died or fought and triumphed against apartheid. From the late 1930s, Muslims began playing a role in the struggle against apartheid in excess to what their numbers might suggest. Many of these Muslims joined the various liberation movements that were active: the African National Congress, the Pan Africanist Congress, the Black Consciousness Movement, the South African Communist Party, and other socialist or nationalist organisations. Among many prominent revolutionaries I must mention Rahima Moosa, Fatima Meer, Amina Chachalia ,Naledi Pandor, Dr Abdullah Yusuf, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, Dr Ahmed Kathrada, Prof Kader Asmal, Yunus Chachalia, Mo and Yunus Shaik, Mohammad  Vally Moosa, Dr Abdullah Omar, the martyr Ahmed Timol, Cissie Gool, The Martyr Imam Haron,The martyr Mohseen Jeenah, Amina Desai, Ebrahim Rasool, Ebrahim Ebrahim, Suleiman Desai, Moosa Moola, Aziz and Essop Pahad,  Yunus Carrim, Rehan Surve, Ismail Moola, Farid Essack, Imam Rashid Omar, Ebrahim moosa, Shaiyk Matura, Nur  al Iman , Ebrahim Patel ,  Ismail Mahomed , Zak Yakub, mohammed Enver Surty , Fatima Hajaig , I. C Meer, Yusuf Cachalia , Abdullah Abdurrahman ,  Umar haji Ahmed Jhaveri , Shamima Shaik and many many others.

At the dawn of democracy in 1994 many Muslims retreated from political life and took academic posts, business endeavours and spiritual pursuits. In fact if you look into our academic sphere, business sector, research and scientific institutions you will find Muslims there working hard to make South Africa a better place. President Nelson still managed to field many Muslims in in his cabinet and in President Thabo Mbeki’s first term Muslims were placed in rather very strategic centers of power. By 2004 South African Muslims were nowhere to be seen in the South African public space save a few names. Today the number of active Muslims in the ANC is rapidly declining at an alarming speed.

Today the South African Muslim fraternity is perceived as being pro-Democratic alliance (DA).

Well  the councillor in my ward is from the DA.

It is true that the ANC is unable to effectively defeat corruption and it is still struggling to meet the acceptable levels of competency that are needed to run a successful economy. But running a country is not only about that, it is also about principles and the value system that we seek to entrench in our society.

The DA appears attractive to most pious Muslims because of its liberal fa├žade compared to the radical ANC but what about values and principles. The ANC is guided by the grievances and aspirations of all South Africans regardless of their religious background. We meet regularly with Hindu and Jewish leaders just as we meet the Muslims and Christian leaders.

But my audience here today is Muslim so I will focus on ANC -Muslim relations.

The differences between the ANC and the DA with regards to Muslim interests are easy to detect.

 1. The ANC says the slaughter of Palestinians by Israel is barbaric and inhuman while the DA issued a strong statement condemning ANC activists such as Comrade Rene Smit for showing solidarity with Palestine.

2. The ANC condemns Nazism but also draw parallels between the Jews under Hitler and Palestinians under Jewish occupation but the DA condemn Nazism and then say nothing about Palestinian suffering

3. The ANC organises Palestine solidarity rallies across the country while the DA councillor in Pennington refused to let the pro-Palestinian activists   use the only town hall available.

4. The DA condemns Zimbabwe’s expropriation of land by Zimbabweans from foreign settlers but support stealing of Palestinians land by foreign settlers.

5. The ANC says South Africa belongs to all who live in it black and white, united in diversity and bound by matters of common concern and sharing a common dream. The DA says South Africans who wishes to settle in the Western Cape are “refugees”  and therefore an unwanted burden but it encourages the establishment of Mini kibbutz throughout the province as its  vote banks.

6. DA members proudly posted photos of their family members who are serving in the Israel occupation forces while the ANC leadership here had to chastise ANCYL members who declared their readiness to go and fight for the Palestinians.

7. In the ANC, Muslims are serving in all structures from a branch to the National executive committee, from Municipality councils right up to the cabinet, elected directly by the black members of the ANC but the DA SELECT Muslims for window dressing purposes because members of the DA would never ELECT a Muslims.

8. The DA calls for constructive engagement with Israel but want all ties with Zimbabwe to be cut. Is it about white and black?

9. While the DA criticised the ANC for allegedly accepting funds from Gaddafi, the DA received R6.3m from Natie Kirsh through Glynis Breytenbach. Natie Kirsh made his fortune in the Palestinian occupied territories and is a well-known Zionist.

10. Not one Muslims serves in the Western Cape government. The Muslim community accounts for 25% of the Cape Town population – the province’s single-largest municipality – yet only one Muslim made it on the DA provincial list of 42 candidates submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission   while since 1994 till date Muslims have been serving in the most strategic departments in the ANC government from education, foreign ministry, Home affairs, Intelligence, Justice, transport to even the presidency itself.

11. The ANC accepted the call from the Ulama to pass the Muslim marriages act and granted permission to construct mosque and madrassas; the Democratic Alliance objected and blocked the Muslim trustee’s efforts to build madrassas in their former white areas. The South African Muslim Network (Samnet) has spent years fighting the DA’s opposition to the building of Masjids and other facilities in “white areas”.

Post-1994, with the Group Areas Act behind us, religious groups have equal rights. That includes the right to build places of worship. But the DA discriminates Islam.

12. The ANC youth league issued a strong condemnation of the film that attacked the prestige and honour of prophet Mohamed (May Allah grant him peace and blessings)

13. The oldest liberation movement in South Africa, the African Political Action founded by Abdullah Abdurrahman 1902 called for the rights of blacks to vote whereas the DA founder Helen Suzman attended the  human rights conference in London in June 1947 as the representative of the South African institute of race relations and there she vehemently opposed the right of black people to vote and scolded the delegates for not understanding  “The South African … native primitiveness, both in his mentality and his living condition and the difficulty of allowing him to vote…without previously subjecting him to some kind of literacy test  to determine his ability to vote”. Oliver Tambo described Suzman as “a sweet bird from the south that flew north and sung a beautiful song “I am in favour of change but I am also ready to prevent change”.

14. The DA and its Zionist allies in the ACDP and IFP receive funding from the Israeli embassy and companies that operate in occupied Palestinian territories. If Muslims keep voting for the DA then you are strengthening the Zionist bloc and that will result to the Zionist lobby gaining power to influence legislations or push the ANC into desperation for Jewish votes.

15. When Benjamin Netanyahu’s  emissary Hussein Solomon claimed that the South African Muslims were plotting with Al Qaeda to bomb world cup stadiums, the ANC defended Muslims.

My ANCYL branch is immensely pained and angered that the defenceless Palestinian people are and have been subjected to the fury of war by a  foreign power acting in clear violation of international law and in furtherance of a racist colonial agenda which the people of this country  are still recovering from.

We have joined the ANC and its allies in condemning the genocide against the Palestinian people. Our action to issue that call is inspired by our desire, not to take sides, but to join the global community in the struggle for the freedom of the Palestinian people, the restoration of their dignity and their right to statehood.

We are pleased to note that most countries that fought on our side during our struggle for freedom are now engaged in the struggle for the freedom of the Palestinian people. Regrettably the South African government is not on the side of its erstwhile comrades.

We note that the premier organisations for the liberation of our people such as the African National Congress (ANC), The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), the South African communists Party (SACP), the Congress of South African Trade Unions, (COSATU) are still on the trenches fighting for the Palestinian freedom consistent with the call from President Nelson Mandela that “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”

We are aware

 THAT The South African apartheid Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd said “the Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for 1,000 years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state”.

THAT the UN Human Rights Rapporteur John Dugard, a South African legal professor and apartheid expert, said that “Israel’s laws and practices” in the Occupied Territories “certainly resemble apartheid”.

THAT the former South African ambassador to Israel Ismail Coovadia rejected a gift of 18 trees planted in his name by the Jewish National Fund, a body that has played an important role in the displacement of Palestinians. Ismail Coovadia made striking criticism of Israeli policies, calling them a “replication of apartheid”.

THAT our beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu said “I know first-hand that Israel has created an apartheid reality within its borders and through its occupation. The parallels to my own beloved South Africa are painfully stark indeed.”

THAT the colonial immigration to Palestine of a European people has resulted to more than 12-000 Palestinians homes destroyed and more than 250-000 colonial settlements built on Palestinian land.

Further to this end;

WE understand the Palestinians reason in rejecting a partition plan in 1947 which gave the Jews, who only owned 7 percent of the land, an astonishing half of Palestine.

WE support the Arab’s refusal to succumb to such partition, where 86 percent of the land designated for the proposed Jewish state was Palestinian-inhabited and owned land.

WE register our awareness that Israel grabbed 78 percent of Palestine through war and forced the flight of the population through deliberate massacres and then shamelessly called it a war of independence.

WE condemn the evilness of Nazism but also the use of the plight of Jews in Hitler’s Germany as justification for the murder, expulsion, and occupation of another guiltless people.

WE regard as classical colonialism the decision by Israel to legislate that any resident of France, Romania, New York, India, Australia, Iceland, or even China has a right to “return” and settle in Palestine to someone who has been expelled from his very own land, confined to a squalid refugee camp, and still holds the keys to his house.

WE are painfully aware that Israel incarcerate the Palestinian people inside squalid ghettos, destroying their livelihoods, confiscating their lands, stealing their water and uprooting their trees, and then disingenuously condemn their legitimate resistance as terrorism.

WE have not forgotten that Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 and indiscriminately bombarded its civilians for a relentless three months, murdering thousands of innocent people.

WE know that Israel continue to humiliate the Palestinians at gun point by forcing them queue for hours to move between their villages, forcing mothers to give birth at check-points through a 441 miles apartheid wall which disconnects farmers from their farms and children from their schools, while stealing even more territory as the wall freely zigzags and encroaches on Palestinian land.

In light of the above, our demands, as articulated by the broader Palestine Solidarity network, are:

1. The immediate withdrawal of our ambassador from Tel Aviv;

2. Expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Tshwane;

3.  To terminate and prohibit all trade relations with the Israeli government and citizens.

4. A strategic, effective commitment to the call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the form of the following directives;

* Implementation of the decisions of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference in Durban in 2006 to ban all products of Israeli companies operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and prevent the entry of Israeli settlers into South Africa;

* Prosecute South Africans who enlist in the Israeli Occupation Forces in accordance with the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act;

*Issue guidelines to South African citizens and businesses, in line with guidelines issued by 17 European governments to discourage support for Israel`s occupation and illegal colonies; and

* Adopt ethical and international legal guidelines to exclude international corporations such as Caterpillar, G4S, Veolia, from public contracts and South African companies such as Cape Gate because of their complicity with violations of international law by Israel.

* South African government and Non-Aligned Movement support for SWIFT sanctions against Israeli banks until the Israeli government:

- Agrees to relinquish its nuclear weapons, and to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty,

- Agrees to release immediately all Palestinian political prisoners,

- Agrees to end its occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and that it will dismantle the Apartheid Wall,

- Recognizes the fundamental rights of Arab-Palestinians to full equality in Israel-Palestine,

- Acknowledges the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and

-maintain no contact with Israel until a peaceful solution is found and Palestine is free.

South African Muslims must understand that it is difficult for a political party to follow principles when it is losing support on the ground. The ANC will not be able to remain committed to the  Palestinian struggle  if that is costing us votes. By voting for the DA you are weakening the ANC and strengthening the Zionist alliance. Remember that the IFP and ACDP support Israel because of biblical injunctions and when they get to power, only Jews and Christians will be welcomed and anybody who is not mentioned in the bible will be ostracised. I call upon all South African Muslims to come back home in the ANC. If the party is veering out of the correct path come and correct it from within.

The ANC wants all South Africans including the whites and blacks, Jews and Muslims, Hindus and atheists to live in communal harmony and peace in a united, safe and prosperous South Africa. Come and help us to achieve that. Together we can do more. AMANDLA!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Motivational Eid Story - The Caliph and the New Clothes


A Motivational  Eid Story - The Caliph and the New Clothes

 The little boy came running to his mother crying with a request.  “Jarir and Mughiz have both got new clothes for Eid. Can I have some new clothes as well?” The mother picked him up and wiped his tears.

Their mother, Fatima bint Abdul Malik(RA), was no ordinary woman. Her father, grandfather and each of her four brothers were at one time or another Caliph and leader of the Muslim Ummah. In fact, her own husband was the present Caliph, Umar ibn Abdul Aziz(RA) – who ruled the world’s largest empire that stretched from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans. She promised him that she would check with his father to see if  he could have new clothes for Eid.

When Umar ibn Abdul Aziz returned home, his wife related her sons request to him. The Caliph had a pained look in his eyes. “Fatima, you know how much I value my children, but all the money I have is in front of you”, he said motioning towards the sparsely furnished hut.

Though a Caliph, Umar took care to live honestly and did much to ensure justice. Fatima agreed with her husband, but she said that maybe it would be possible to buy very cheap clothes for him and he would just be happy with something new to wear.  The tears have left satins on his cheeks. Finally, the Caliph, saddened by the plight, agreed and wrote a letter to his treasurer requesting that his pay be advanced a month early so that he could buy his child something to wear on Eid.

But the honest and pious Caliph had an equally honest treasurer who wrote a letter in reply to the Caliph. The Caliph read the letter with tears flowing  from his eyes: “Amir Ul-Mumineen, I have great respect for you and I trust and obey you completely. However, if you could guarantee to me that you will live through the next month and do your service to the people (which will entitle you to your pay) then the money can be advanced to you. If you cannot give the assurance of your life, then how can the treasury pay you and why are you taking the rights of the poor, orphans and widows onto your shoulders?”

Caliph Umar ibn Abdul Aziz realized his mistake. Fatima bint Abdul Malik, washed the old clothes. The day of Eid arrived and the whole area of Damascus was buzzing with joy and celebration with people clad in their new attires. Caliph Umar ibn Abdul Aziz also set out for the Eid Prayer holding the hand of his son, both father and son wearing their clean old clothing. The young boy’s face shone brightly, as he walked alongside his father, convinced that the eternal pleasure and comforts of Jannah (Paradise) are by far superior to the comforts of this temporary world.

One has to wonder if they were made from the same dust as us. Once we (Muslims) were kings on this Earth, but it wasn’t because we were large in number that we were respected. It wasn’t because we were powerful that we were victorious. It wasn’t because we were successful that we were admired. It wasn’t because our women were beautiful that they were treated with honor and dignity. It wasn’t because we were intelligent that our example was emulated. It was all due to the faith of Islam. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile reflecting on how far we’ve fallen so we know how high we need to climb.

A Very Special Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to you and your family and May Allah bless and grant you Barakah in this world and the Aakhirah ...May Allah accept your Dua’as. Let us remember the Ummah which is in pain and distress in many parts of the world and if possible let us contribute in whatever way possible whether it be financially or by way of your sincere Dua'as. Make Dua'a for those who have passed on....May ALLAH grant relief to those in need, May Allah ease the plight of so many that are downtrodden,& oppressed ...May Allah grant Shi'fa to those that are ill and may ALLAH grant us a death with Imaan and true success in both this world and the hereafter…Aameen

Was Salaam

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A thought provoking atricle

Dear Reader,

If this doesn't open your eyes than I don't know what will.

Read this article and please share with others:

http://prisonerofjoy.blogspot.com/2010/05/masjid-al-aqsa-sinister-plans-exposed.html?m=1

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thank You, President Obama. Love, Israel

Thank You, President Obama. Love, Israel

By Chris Ernesto


Dear President Obama,

July 12, 2014 - "Anti War" - We must confess, when you became President, some of us were a little worried that America’s "special relationship" with Israel would come to an end.

We were concerned that the United States would no longer provide money, weapons, and most importantly, diplomatic cover to Israel.

After all, Jimmy Carter – a former President from your own political party – has been highly critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. He even had the nerve to say that Hamas was democratically elected, and that our policy towards Palestine is worse than South African apartheid.

We were fearful that your passionate speech in Cairo in 2009 would make Muslims believe that an Obama presidency would be a neutral player in Israel’s fight against the terrorists from Palestine.

But, thankfully, through your actions as President, you have alleviated our anxieties.

Your unconditional support of Israel is on full display today. Because of your administration’s financial support of our Iron Dome weapon system, no Israelis have been killed in our surge on Gaza. And although we have already killed at least 100 Palestinians, including 21 children, and have wounded over 500 people, you have not publicly condemned our actions (thanks!).

On Thursday, you offered to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine. Since you have repeatedly labeled Hamas a "terrorist organization" with whom you are unwilling to sit down, your offer to negotiate was pretty clever – maybe Palestinians won’t catch on to the fact that you are really on our side, and they will agree to have the US act as mediator. Fingers crossed.

We are thrilled, but not surprised by your absolute backing of Israel at present. You showed your true colors two years ago when you said you were "fully supportive" of Israel’s bombing of Gaza in 2012.

Clearly, you are wise enough to understand that American elections are greatly influenced by pro-Israel donors. For this wisdom we say, "thank you."

Of course, you will forever be in our debt for voting against Palestinian statehood in 2012. For you to take that stand – when virtually every other country in the world wanted to formally recognize Palestine as an independent nation – wow, that was gutsy, and because of your courage, Palestine today has fewer legal remedies.

You have continued to veto those frivolous United Nations resolutions that condemn the great State of Israel. How can we ever thank you enough for that?

You have remained relatively silent as Israeli settlements rightfully continue their expansion. You even said that you would abandon your push to stop settlement expansion.

And you have been very careful to never utter the words "collective punishment" in discussing our embargo on Gaza.

Few countries understand what it’s like to be Israeli or American. That’s why we have to stick together, like in 2010 when we were the only two countries to vote against ending the embargo on communist Cuba.

Many of us in Israel were previously concerned about all those pesky "Free Palestine" protesters in the US. But we’re not worried about them anymore because many of those same people continue to vote for you and other Democrats, thus insuring that Israel will be able to do as it so chooses.

We really appreciate your support of the coup in Egypt that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from power. They were big supporters of Palestinians. As you know, Egypt’s new leader, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi believes Hamas is a terrorist organization and an offshoot of the Brotherhood, so we don’t have to worry about which side Egypt will be on in our fight against Palestinians.

We must say that we still have concerns about your support of neo-Nazis in Ukraine. As you know, we have a bad history with Nazis. But we understand your country’s desire to control Eurasia and to weaken Russia, so as long as you let Israel reap the benefits of the American Empire, we can let this one slide.

The fact that your presidency has continued to demonize Iran has been very beneficial to us. It’s been difficult for Israelis to get people to understand that Iran – even though they haven’t attacked another country in recent memory – is a serious threat to Israel. Sure, Iran knows we could nuke them, but they just want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, so they don’t fear a nuclear reprisal.

And speaking of nuclear weapons, you sure helped Israeli officials sleep better when your administration announced that it would implement a "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy regarding our massive nuclear weapons arsenal.

Some people say that Israel is like the little brother who constantly runs his mouth and starts fights because he has a big brother who’s always there to bail him out of any trouble. Well, to that we say, thank you big brother. Others are just jealous.

We know that if the US criticized Israel the same way it criticizes Russia, Syria, Venezuela or Iran, the rest of the world would jump on board and force Israel to change. After all, the US is pretty much in full control of the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and NATO. That’s why we are particularly appreciative of your undying support of Israel.

It always warms our hearts when you say that Israel has the "right to defend itself" but you have never said that Palestinians have that same right. That really helps our cause.

In 2012 you signed a law increasing military aid to Israel just one day before your then-Presidential opponent Mitt Romney made a trip to the Holy Land. Some said it was a political ploy to prove that Democrats are just as "pro-Israel" as the Republicans. Nonsense, we say. You were just strengthening Israel’s already advanced weaponry. Just like when you secretly supplied us with bunker-buster bombs.

You provided cover for Israel in 2011 by saying we had the right to kill 20 Palestinian protesters who were commemorating the Nakba. When you praised our "restraint" on this matter, a potential firestorm was avoided, particularly because our government initially blamed the killings on Syria. Because of your support, we were able to acknowledge our role in the killings without fear of reprisal.

You will never know how many pro-Israel supporters you gained when you spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in 2011. The crowd went wild when you said, "So make no mistake, we will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge." That was huge.

We recognize the "little" things you do, too. Like how your administration tried to stymie an independent U.N. investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes during our 2008-2009 incursion into Gaza. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we in Israel learned of your valiant efforts.

And how you refused to accept the Palestinian unity deal, which brought Hamas and Fatah together. And you really made a statement when you withdrew the US from UNESCO in response to its approval of Palestine’s membership. We like it when you pound your fists on the table on behalf of Israel.

We were in a pickle when a UN probe said there was clear evidence to back prosecutions against Israel for killing and torture when our heroic troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in 2010. The vote was 30-1, with your country, the US, as the lone dissenter. That’s a true friend.

Prior to you becoming President, some people in Israel confidently assured fellow citizens that you would be a deep supporter of Israeli interests. They believed this to be true because in 2008, just 12 hours after your victory in the Democratic Presidential primaries, you showed up at AIPAC wearing an Israel/US lapel pin, telling the crowd that you "understood the Zionist idea." Clearly this gesture was a quid-pro-quo with your pro-Israel donors, and was a way for you to prove that an Obama presidency would always put Israel at the top of its pecking order. That was a good move on your behalf.

And there were earlier signs of your unwavering support of Israel that we should have spotted. While you were just a Senator, you co-sponsored a Senate resolution demanding that the US do nothing to impede Israel’s military actions in Lebanon in 2006. That meant so much to us, because you ran the risk of appearing to be a "hawk" at a time when the people of the US were growing tired of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. You rolled the dice.

Well, your gamble has paid off, and you have achieved your political dreams, and at the same time you have made Israel quite happy.

For this, we say thank you. Because of you, your party, and the rest of the US government, Israel is free to act as it pleases. You, President Barack Obama, are the best friend Israel has ever had.

With warmest regards,
Israel


Chris Ernesto is cofounder of St. Pete for Peace, an antiwar organization in St. Petersburg, FL that has been active since 2003. Mr. Ernesto also created and manages OccupyArrests.com and USinAfrica.com.