Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rep. Heinrich Replies:
I Rebut His Hypocricy And Lies

 I received a reply today to an email I sent my representative in Washington, Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich, which email I had also posted here on the web log, which criticized him for voting for a congressional resolution against Palestine seeking United Nations General Assembly approval for statehood, HR 268.
 

Heinrich's form email reply, which is an astounding example of hypocrisy and boilerplate Israeli propaganda, pretends to explain the issue and why he voted for the resolution.

I will dismantle it, paragraph by paragraph, below. It simply repeats what the Israeli Lobby puts out, the same things printed in the Hasbara Handbook and given to supporters of Israel's Zionist project for the stated purpose of not talking about the real issues at hand, which are Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and Israel's theft of Palestinian land. People use the handbook to write letters to the editor and leave comments on web sites, which is why pro Israel arguments always sound so similar. See here, here and here.

In other words, Congressman Heinrich has sent me some examples of name calling, finger pointing, and obfuscation. In repeating long ago discredited lies and misrepresentations, he simply is making plain the fact that he is now part of the Zionist project of ethnically cleansing Palestine of any remaining Palestinians, who haven't already been cleansed from historic Palestine.
 

You needn't take my word for it, by the way, that Congressman Heinrich misrepresents facts. Look here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, or dozens of other places on the internet.


His letter, which I placed inside quotations, with my rebuttal in italics

"August 5, 2011


Dear Mr. Conway,

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.Res. 268, a bill to reaffirm the United States' commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  I appreciate knowing your thoughts and concerns on this important issue.

On July 7, 2011, the House of Representatives passed H.Res. 268 by a vote of 407 to six, with 13 members voting "present."   This resolution supports a negotiated two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and expresses opposition to Palestinian efforts at circumventing the negotiation process such as a unilateral declaration or seeking recognition from the United Nations.  In the end, peace must be reached between the people of Palestine and Israel, not from an outside body."

Anything the US congress, senate or president do regarding Israel must be viewed in light not only of US strategic interests in the Middle East but also of the stranglehold the so-called Israeli Lobby has on US politics, which quickly heads off any attempt at even-handedness regarding the Palestinian question. See here and here. Supporters of Israel have figured out how to game the US political system. They do it with money. Money buys influence, and they have bought a lot of it. Members of congress live in fear of the Israel lobby, which can destroy a political career if it wants to, and has. See here, here and here.
 

In this paragraph Heinrich does nothing but string together the talking points on this issue you often hear repeated by the Israel government, the Israeli Lobby, and President Obama, who is also solidly in the pocket of the Israeli Lobby. He tries to establish as fact that the "peace process" is the only legitimate path the Palestinians can take. He gives no reason for saying this, because it is absolutely not true. In fact, in asking the UN to approve its statehood, Palestine is taking the exact same path Israel took in 1948. As I say, hypocrisy.
 

Anyone who follows this issue and who is not a supporter of Zionism has for quite some time regarded  the so-called "negotiation process," usually called the "peace process" as a farce, and a dead end. Israel, in pursuit of the Zionist dream of having all of Palestine, has drawn this process out now since its founding, and especially since 1967 when it occupied militarily the small amount of Palestinian land it had left to the Palestinians when Israel was "created." While they have delayed, they have continued to build more and more settlements on occupied Palestinian land, settlements that are illegal under the Geneva Convention, which, as Congressman Heinrich should know, are also US law. They call this "creating facts on the ground," meaning that once the settlements are in place, they are a fact and the land can't be handed back to the Palestinians.
 

"H.Res. 268 also expresses concern about the unity government signed by Fatah and Hamas on May 4, 2011.  As you may know, Hamas has forcefully rejected the possibility of peace with Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.  Further, Hamas is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians, including United States citizens."

Two of the most often repeated lies Israel and its supporters tell are that Hamas doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist, and that it has "forcefully rejected the possibility of peace with Israel.." Hamas has repeatedly recognized Israel's right to exist and has asked to be part of the peace process. Repeating these lies, and labeling Hamas as terrorists, allows Israel to continue to claim that they don't have a "partner" with which to negotiate. It also makes a peace settlement impossible, because it leaves out of the process one of the two major representatives of the Palestinians. Hamas, like its counterpart Fatah, indeed began as a resistance organization of the Palestinians who were trying to reverse the illegal, immoral and indefensible theft of their land. See here, and here.

Part of the strategy of Israel and its supporters, which has been adopted now by Congressman Heinrich, has been to delegitimize self defense on the part of the Palestinians. It's as if someone stole your home and was living in it and you are the criminal for wanting it back. The phrase "Israel's right to exist" has been inserted into the dialogue as part of this strategy, to try to discredit anyone who disagrees with Israel's theft of Palestinian land. Anyone who questions Israel is asked, "What, you don't think Israel has a right to exist?" It is a way to bypass questions about the original theft of more than half of Palestine and of continuing to eat up Palestinians' land. It's another way of creating "facts on the ground." In the same way, charges of anti semitism have been used to silence criticism of Israel.


Hamas won elections in Palestine in 2006, elections that were supported by the Bush administration, which then refused to accept the results of the election. The US accuses who it wants to of terrorism. Israel, which daily uses terror as a means of social control in occupied Palestine, is not labeled a terrorist state but Hamas, acting in self defense, is. 


 As for Hamas killing Israelis, the number is tiny compared the number of Palestinians killed by Israel, which is the aggressor, although the media, especially the New York Times, thoroughly reports every death of an Israeli and rarely mentions Palestinian deaths.

The ratio of Palestinians killed to Israelis killed, which is kept track of at various places, runs in the neighborhood of six to one, Palestinians over Israelis, or worse, depending on how you look at it. See here, here, here, here. Heinrich, in his decision making position, should know this. He mentions "hundreds" of Israelis killed, and mentions not one of the thousands of Palestinians killed.

 "As a result, the resolution urges the Obama Administration to consider suspending assistance to the Palestinian Authority pending a review of the unity Fatah-Hamas agreement.  I have long supported foreign assistance to Palestinians so long as restrictions were applied to prevent any assistance from reaching Hamas; this resolution seeks to continue that policy."


Here Mr. Heinrich simply recommends the use of economic blackmail to force Israel's wishes upon the Palestinians -- i.e., starving the Palestinians into submission.

"Ultimately, a Palestinian state is not achievable if its government does not recognize Israel's right to exist.  I remain fully committed to working with Members of Congress and the Obama administration to promote a fair and equitable two state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Active American engagement is a necessary component to any future peace agreement, that also includes an agreement on the issue of settlements.  It is my hope that the Israelis and Palestinians will be able to soon design, approve, and live peacefully under a fair and equitable two state solution."
 

No one who is serious about resolving this issue thinks that a viable state can be made out of the small, physically isolated pockets of land Palestinians still have. These small patches of land are separated by fenced, Israeli-only roads that go to and from their illegal settlements, and now by a separation wall, similar to the Berlin Wall, Israel is building to seal off these little pockets of land. The two state solution as envisioned by Israel, the Israel lobby, and Martin Heinrich, would be for Palestinians to be cordoned off in these little areas, the same as Black South Africans were herded into bantustans under apartheid. Israel's military will control the entrances and exits to these areas to prevent Palestinians from traveling to other parts of Palestine or from traveling abroad. Israel will also control Palestine's water supply, air space, and any commerce, that is, food and anything else, entering or leaving the bantustans. This is Heinrich's two state solution, or, more accurately, the final solution.

"Again, thank you for contacting me.  For more information and additional details about legislation, please visit my website, http://heinrich.house.gov .  While you are there, you can also sign up to receive periodic updates on my work in Congress.

As always, I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you.


Sincerely,

Martin Heinrich
Member of Congress"


I will indeed keep you informed, congressman. Start by reading this post. Then put down your Zionist propaganda and read about the lives the Palestinians live. Read about the raids on their homes in the middle of the night. Read about the air strikes going on now. Read about the Palestinian children roasted alive during Israel's mass slaughter from December of 08 through January of 09 of more than 1,400 Palestinians who were trapped inside Gaza. You, Mr. Heinrich, with your support of Israel, of resolutions like HR 268, are now resposible for their deaths, for the theft of land, for the erasure of the Palestinian people, and yes, I will keep you informed about it.




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