Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Open Letter to President Obama

The following letter was composed yesterday (June 15, 2010) and signed by 19 individuals who were meeting in a private home in Connecticut. It represents the position of those individuals, who urge others to send similar letters to the President of the United States of America.

June 15, 2010
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
The recent outburst by Helen Thomas, who for many years was well-respected throughout the newspaper profession, is just one more example of a growing willingness of bigots to be open about their anti-Semitism, both camouflaged as anti-Zionism and as pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism.
We believe some of the policies, words and deeds of your administration regarding Israel have been factors fueling this phenomenon.
Regardless of intention, the mostly one-sided pressure on Israel, the abandonment of commitments made to Israel under previous administrations, the fawning over the supposedly "moderate" leader of Fatah and the PLO even while he refuses to negotiate directly with Israel and while his Palestinian Authority spews out hateful incitement against both Israel and Jews, and the contrast of this treatment with the disrespectful treatment given the elected leader of our only true friend in the Middle East have all helped embolden the Israel- and Jew-haters while also decreasing any chances of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs within the foreseeable future.
We the undersigned appreciate the words you have uttered condemning anti-Semitism and expressing America's unshakeable bond with Israel. Those words need to be matched with actions and policies.
Signed by 19 Individuals

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