December 2011 Archives

Cooperative Efforts, etc.

The N.E.M.




      Warren needs our help as much as we need his.  Please read on.




Sent: 12/14/2011 11:22:29 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Keep Alive the Message of Hope

Dear Roy,
During this season of Advent, when we wait in anticipation for the coming of Christ, we look to God to fill us with hope, with joy, with peace in believing.

 In working over the past 30 years for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Churches for Middle East Peace continues to wait in anticipation for a just, secure, and sustainable peace in the Holy Land, the land of Christ’s birth. But we don’t just wait. We work. With persistence and commitment.

Your contribution is the lifeblood of CMEP’s vital presence in Washington.  Your generous donation during this Advent season will keep alive CMEP’s message of hope, our work for a shared vision of peace in the land of Jesus’s birth.  Please help today!

Together we can change the conversation and make 2012 a year when peace is more than a pipe dream. In the coming year CMEP will:

  • Continue to grow our network of Partner churches and organizations around the country which are key to reaching new people and keeping the work for Israeli-Palestinian peace in the hearts and minds of advocates. This year our Partner community grew by 20 percent, next year we will aim to grow by an additional 30 percent!
  • Expand our efforts to promote in-district lobby meetings with congressional offices, including coordinating country-wide meetings during congressional recesses, and providing substantial resources to support these efforts.
  • Make sure that every Members of Congress and every congressional candidate knows that support for Israeli-Palestinian peace is an election issue.

But, we need your help to make this possible, to make 2012 a year of hope and peace.

Please support CMEP’s work today, and as we prepare for the coming of Christ, join us in recommitting to the work for peace for all God’s children.

From all of us here at CMEP, thank you for your inspiring advocacy and for making our work possible. We wish you peace and joy during this holiday season, and may the candle of hope burn brightly for you into the New Year.


Warren Clark
Executive Director

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The N.E.M.




      This post arrived yesterday from an on-line friend who’s a Muslim, a Palestinian Refugee, a journalist who’s a Septuagenarian, who now resides in the Chicago area.




In a message dated 12/14/2011 11:15:26 P.M. Central Standard Time,… writes: 

(Thanks, Ali.  R)

 Maan News Agency: Nazareth suburb’s mayor: Christmas trees ‘provocative’ 

Israeli Mayor Bans Christmas Trees

  • Max Fisher 15,142 Views Dec 23, 2010

The mayor of Nazareth Illit, an Israeli town with an Arab Christian minority, has declared a ban on the public display of Christmas trees. “Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city and it will not happen–not this year and not next year, so long as I am a mayor,” Mayor Shimon Gapso said. Arab Christians, who make up about 7 percent of the town’s 40,000 residents, were denied their request to put up Christmas trees in their neighborhoods. The Agence France-Presse reports that the community is not happy:

His decision angered the town’s Arab and Christian minority, who accused him of racism. “The racism of not putting a tree up is nothing compared to the real racism that we experience here,” said Aziz Dahdal, a 35-year-old Christian resident of Nazareth Illit.

“When we asked the mayor to put up a Christmas tree in the Arab neighbourhoods of Nazareth Illit he said this is a Jewish town, not a mixed town,” said Shukri Awawdeh, a Muslim Arab member of the town council. … “We told him that decorating a tree is just to share the happiness and cheer with other people in the town,” said Awawdeh.
Nazareth Illit is a suburb of Nazareth, which as the childhood home of Jesus Christ is an important center of Christian history and is about one-third Christian today. Journalist Nir Rosen wonders how Fox News, which has a tendency to defend Israel but also a love of fighting what it calls “the war on Christmas,” would handle this

Note:  Dan’s mailing today puts one in mind of a video:  The Plan — according to General Wesley Clark (01:39).  In other interviews General Clark refers to the Neoconservative Movement (NEOCONs) and names names.  You and I can name names:  Chaney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Pearle, the pundits at FOX News, etc., etc.  Scroll down on this page and you’ll find a List of Signatories to the PNAC.  International Bankers always find lucrative ways to get involved in wars.  One of the things my Allies in the N.E.M. and I are learning from Fr. Dave from Australia is how to fight without getting angry (FWGA).   Peace, Roy


In a message dated 12/15/2011 11:14:57 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,… writes: 

(Thanks, Dan.  R)

Imperial Funding Priorities in Iraq:

u.s. tax money for u.s. embassy white elephant :  $ 6.5 BILLION

u.s. tax money for military sales : . . . . . . . . . . :   $ 10 BILLION

u.s. tax money for Iraqi Refugee Program : . . . . $ 300 Million

            – Dan


excerpt :

And for those still pondering who won the war in Iraq, it seems we now have a clue: US defense contractors.


US Defense Contractors Win Iraq War

Peter Van Buren
December 5, 2011

[Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq, Other Ideas]

Good news for troubled times– the US is going to drop $6.5 billion keeping the World’s Largest Embassy (c), our palace along the Tigris River in Baghdad, warm and cozy. Plus, we’ll thrown in some refugee support!

“We are standing up an embassy to carry out a $6.5 billion program, when you throw in the refugee programs as well as the actual State Department budget for 2012, of assistance in support for Iraq on a very broad variety of security and non-security issues,” US Ambassadorial tool James Jeffrey told reporters.

“The direct budget, operating and assistance (to Iraq), was $6.2 billion,” Jeffrey said. There is also “a little less than $300 million that goes to refugee and displaced person programmes.”

“It doesn’t come directly onto the Iraq account… but we get a very significant part of that here, and it’s used by other agencies and activities for example in Jordan and Syria,” home of sizeable Iraqi refugee communities.

And for those still pondering who won the war in Iraq, it seems we now have a clue: US defense contractors.

Ambassador Jeffrey said that “We have about $8 billion, give or take some, of active (foreign military sales) cases with Iraq. That’s not counting the new one that just came out for the F-16s. That will send it up by a number of additional billions of dollars. This is one of the biggest programmes in the world.”

Not related in any way whatsoever, the World Bank had this to say about 2011 Iraq:

Iraqi living standards have two unusual characteristics. First, they have fallen over the past generation. Second, they feature surprisingly little inequality. These characteristics are both rooted in Iraq’s recent history of authoritarian government, war, military occupation, insurgency, and civil strife leading to infrastructure destruction and population displacement.

There have been few opportunities for individuals to prosper from professional or entrepreneurial activities. Decades of neglected investment have resulted in deterioration of social services and economic infrastructure. Consequently, individuals have lacked capabilities to prosper and an investment climate conducive to prosperity. School enrollment and life expectancy have declined. Extremely low returns to education reflect the combination of poor educational quality and lack of employment opportunities. In terms of economic infrastructure, access to reliable electricity and water, and even access to paved roads are low, are further reflections of decades of neglect.

And that my friends is the sound of freedom.


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— Disturb the war, Defund the Empire

— Every time anyone says Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help remembering that, before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East. — John Sheehan, S.J.

— There’s something intrinsically wrong with the human race — it keeps repeating its same mistakes, its same inhumanity, its same hatreds. – Randy Credico, comedian turned political activist, in film “60 Spins Around the Sun”

— These [christianist fundamentalists] are not Christians — they’re heretics. They have deformed, perverted, distorted the core message of the Christian gospel, they have acculturated it with the worst aspects of American imperialism and capitalism and greed and racism and bigotry. – Chris Hedges, speech “The Death of the Liberal Class” in Berkeley in March 2011

— Congress is not preparing to defend the people of the United States. It is planning to protect the capital of American speculators and investors…. Incidentally, this preparation will benefit the manufacturers of munitions and war machines…. Strike against war, for without you, no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! – Helen Keller at Carnegie Hall January 5, 1916


Daniel Stone

Note:  The International Community must not allow the region to develop into another world war.  People in America need to hear about this incident.  Let’s keep our friends and neighbors informed.    Peace, Roy

In a message dated 12/16/2011 10:16:28 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,… writes: 

(Thanks, Sami.  R)

Jewish settlers threaten to colonise Jordanian territory 
Middle East Monitor

December 15, 2011 – Israeli media reports claim that dozens of Jewish settlers have crossed the border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan and threatened to establish a colony on Jordanian territory. The illegal settlers’ move was in response to the Kingdom’s stand on Israel’s plans to demolish the historic Mugharbeh Bridge leading to the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. According to the reports, around 40 Jewish settlers crossed the border on Monday and barricaded themselves inside an abandoned building in a closed military zone…

Note:   The oppressive plot thickens.  This is a story worth following.   Peace, Roy


REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON — Despite Congress’ unhappiness with the Palestinian leadership, top appropriators have agreed to continue funding the Palestinian Authority provided that it does not press any further with its campaign to win more diplomatic recognition at the United Nations.

An appropriations bill for the coming fiscal year that was released this week by House Republicans would allow a continuation of aid as long as the Palestinian Authority does not join any more U.N. organizations in its bid to increase its global diplomatic standing.   (The rest of the report can be read on the Internet.   R)