American people are enraged
April 8, 2002


1) Our President and his Administration looks away with indifference as the war criminal Sharon indiscrimantely slaughters Palestinians.

2) Our President and his Administration are arming a war criminal with American weapons and welfare to kill innocent people in the Palestinian territories, despite the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is currently being investigated for crimes against humanity in Belgium.

3) Our President and his Administration refuse to place moral equivalency on the loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives.

4) Our President and his Administration refuse to acknowledge that the rage coming from the Palestinians stems from 35 years of frustration, oppression, suffering and despair under a barbaric and evil Israeli occupation.

5) Our President and his administration are looking away with indifference while women, children and men are being slaughtered en masse--and in fact they are refuse to reign in the Israel's slaughter of Palestinians, this makes the American administration complicit in the atrocities being committed against Palestinians.

6) Our President and his administration are ignoring the humanitarian crisis that is spiraling out of control where Palestinians--refugees and professionals alike are currently deprived of food, water, electricity and medical help.  Our President has not joined the international communities condemnation of Israel's targeting of ambulances and hospitals--the President is ignoring the fact that these violations defy any acceptable standards of international conduct.

7)  Our President and His Administration are making erroneous statements about the nature of the suicide bombings stemming from "religious evil", and ignoring the fact that the Palestinian struggle for freedom has transcended religious lines and that Muslims and Christians alike are united in their struggle to end an illegal occupation.  The President refuses to put a halt to the depraved Israeli tactic of targetting both Christian and Muslim holy places.

8) Our President and His Administration knowing that a lot of innocent people have been killed and others are bleeding in the streets and fail to condemn Israel for  the indiscriminate killings of Palestinians.

9) Our President and His Administration is taking the side of Israel and blocking any European and UN intervention to find a solution for the suffering of innocent Palestinian people invaded by Israel in their homes.

10) Our President and his Administration is covering up on the many illegal things that Israel have been done and condemned by the Human right Organizations and NGOs.

11) Our President and His Administration is covering on the destruction of religious sites and siege and shelling of  Holy Land places.

12) Our President and his Administration refuse to make aid to Israel contingent on Israel abiding to all United Nations Security Counsil Resolutions.

13) Our President and his Administration refuse to right a 60 year wrong, which our country has helped to create.  The United States has contributed to the current escalation by arming Israel with all the weaponry that they are using to slaughter innocent civilians.

Mr. President, give the Palestinians a reason to believe that our government is not indifferent to the atrocities being committed against them.  You have acknowledged the humiliation that Palestinians have endured under the Israeli occupation, but stating you understand the humiliation is not enough--in fact it is a slap in the face of the thousands of Palestinians that have not been merely humiliated, but that have been callously slaughtered in the past year.

We the people of the United States of America refuse to be accomplices in the terror being waged against the Palestinians by the Israeli war machine.  We refuse to perpetrate these crimes against the Palestinians, and we refuse to be victims of the backlash that will occur because of our misguided and immoral policies towards the Palestinians.  We Americans wish to declare to the Palestinians once and for all that we stand united with all of humanity, like the masses in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America we condemn the barbarity of the Israeli occupation and the escalation in violence which is motivated by an Israeli desire to ethnically cleanse the region of its Palestinian presence.

We the people of the United States refuse to be accomplices in the concerted effort of the Jewish state to eradicate the Palestinian presence:
"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Irael. Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours ... When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle." -- Israeli Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan

"We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return." --David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, 18 July 1948, quoted by Michael Bar Zohar's Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentince-Hall, 1967, p. 157.

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." --Israel Koenig, advisor to the Israeli Knesset, from "The Koenig Memorandum"

"We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country .... expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." -- Theodore Herzl (from Rafael Patai, Ed. The Complete Diaries of Theodore Herzl, Vol I)

"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, 'What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!" --Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin's memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979; Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of the Plan Dalet.

"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters" --Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From the "Arabs in Israel" by Sabri Jiryas.

"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours...Everything we don't take will go to them." ---Ariel Sharon, as Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.
"In 1948, we deliberately, and not just in the heat of the war, expelled Arabs. Also in 67 after the Six-Day War, we expelled many Arabs." -- Tzvi Shiloah, a senior veteran of the Mapai Party and a former deputy mayor of the town of Hertzeliyah. (Modelet, no.12, October 1989)

"After the formation of a large army in the wake of the establishment of the state, we will abolish partition and expand to the whole of Palestine " -- Ben Gurion, p.22 "The Birth of Israel, 1987" Simha Flapan.

"The acceptance of partition does not commit us to renounce Transjordan. One does not demand from anybody to give up his vision. We shall accept a state in the boundaries fixed today -- but the boundaries of Zionist aspirations are the concerns of the Jewish people and no external factor will be able to limit them." --Ben Gurion p.53, "The Birth of Israel, 1987" Simha Flapan
"I don't sign orders to destroy the houses of Jews, only of Arabs," -- Haim Miller, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and acting mayor in Olmert's absence, quoted in Yediot Aharonot, Feb. 7, 1998.

"Our fathers had reached the frontiers recognized in the partition plan; the Six-Day War generation has managed to reach Suez, Jordan, and the Golan Heights. This is not the end. After the present cease-fire lines, there will be new ones. They will extend beyond Jordan ... to Lebanon and ... to central Syria as well." -- Moshe Dayan to Zionist youth at a meeting in the Golan Heights July, 1968

"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushu'a in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population." -- Moshe Dayan, addressing the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa. Quoted in Ha'aretz, 04/04/1969

"In our country there is room only for the Jews. We shall say to the Arabs: Get out! If they don't agree, if they resist, we shall drive them out by force." --Professor Ben-Zion Dinur Israel's First Minister of Education, 1954 from History of the Haganah

"After the Palmach men left Deir Yasin, the men of the Irgun and Stern Gangs started a shameful massacre of the inhabitants...The massacre was carried out when the village was in Jewish hands, and without the inhabitants having taken any provocative action..." Meir Pa'il, official Haganah observer on the scene, Yediot Ahranot, April 29, 1972)

"All of the killed, with very few exceptions, were old men, women or children. The dead we found were all unjust victims, and none of them had died with a weapon in their hands." --Eliyahu Arieli, Haganah member who arrived at Deir Yassin shortly after the massacre, O Jerusalem, Collins and Lapierre, 1972.

"There is no doubt that many sexual atrocities were committed by the attacking Jews. Many young girls were raped and later slaughtered. Old women were also molested." General Richard Catling, British Army Assistant Inspector after interrogating several female survivors (The Palestinian Catastrophe, Michael Palumbo, 1987)

"Here lies the saint, Doctor Baruch Kapal Goldstein, blessed be the memory of the righteous and holy man, may the Lord revenge his blood, who devoted his soul for the Jews, Jewish religion and Jewish land. His hands are clean and his heart is clear. He was killed as a martyr of God on the 14th of Adar, Purim, in the year 5754. " -- Thus goes the inscription on the grave, (made as a shrine visited by pilgrims), of the mass murderer Baruch Goldstein. An American Physician and an Israeli settler of Hebron, Goldstein indiscriminately murdered 29 worshipers kneeling in a mosque in 1994

Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, and a Nobel prize laureate, recommended that Israel put down the Palestinian uprising "as quickly as possible--overwhelmingly, brutally and rapidly. The insurrection must be quelled immediately, and the first step should be to throw out television, a la South Africa. To be sure, there will be international criticism of the step, but it will dissipate in short order." He added: "There are no awards for losing with moderation." -- Quoted in 12/97 article by Donald Neff in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

"Jews came and took, by means of uprooting and expulsion, a land that was Arab. We wanted to be a colonialist occupier, and yet to come across as moral at the same time... The Arab armies -- chiefly from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Transjordan, now Jordan -- totaled just over 20,000 men. The core of the Arab nations' fighting forces remained behind, in part to ensure the
internal stability of their own fledgling regimes.... Crucially, Israel had a quiet agreement with Transjordan that its Arab Legion, the strongest of the invading armies, would take over only the West Bank, which the U.N. partition plan had intended as the center of a Palestinian Arab State." --Ilan Pappe', Israeli Historian at Haifa University.

"Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country. ... Behind the terrorism [by the Arabs] is a movement, which though primitive is not devoid of idealism and self sacrifice." --David Ben Gurion. Quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's "Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.

Father Labib Kobti
San Francisco