Creating people's geographies
An Open Letter to the new US President was taken out as out as a full page advertisement in the New York Times on 21st January by organisations that include CAIR, the ADC and United for Peace and Justice and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (snapshot below; pdf available here).
As American citizens we are deeply concerned that our nation’s one-sided approach to the Middle East crisis compromises America’s ability to act as a fair negotiator. Our foreign policy has upheld the interests of Israel, but has failed to do the same for the Palestinian people. Israel, the fourth largest military power in the world, has devastated a population of 1.5 million people, one without an army, navy, or air force.
As the attacks in Gaza demonstrated, the outgoing administration chose to defend Israeli aggression even though the violence resulted in the disproportionate deaths of more than 1,300 Palestinians, including 300 children, as compared to 13 Israelis. Indeed, the loss of all of these lives cannot be justified.