Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Palestinian American Federation urges protest of anti-Palestinian bill in Congress

Protest anti-Palestinian bill in Congress

The Palestinian American Federation
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Act now to stop the lies in Congress regarding Palestinian Christians. They must not succeed in dividing our people

Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) are soliciting cosponsors for a bill addressing "the systematic destruction" of the Palestinian Christian community by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

WE must act now to stop the false accusation against the PA involvement in the "desecration of Christian holy sites and the forced submission to "Islamic law" and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinian Christians."

Twisting the truth: The truth is, it is the Israelis, not the PA, that is destroying Christian Churches and confiscating Christian land.

"Dale Crowley Jr., used his WFAX broadcast to tell Christians in the Washington area of how the Israelis have oppressed Christian Palestinians, uprooting them from their homes, vandalized Christian churches in the Holy Land, and otherwise made life difficult for Christian Palestinians and other Christian Arabs in the Middle East. "He was fired after 20 years with the radio station.

Even Robert Novak’s who is a supporter of Israel, in his May column: “Plea for Palestinian Christians.” In it he outlines a recent letter (and staff report) sent to the White House by Rep. Henry Hyde- who is also a supporter of Israel-, who has been raising awareness of the situation of the Christians in the Holy Land over the past couple of years. As the article lays out, Hyde raises concerns about the settlements and the separation barrier, particularly in the “Christian Triangle” area of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour. Novak also cites Hyde’s concerns about Israeli settler actions in Jerusalem that, “‘undermine[s]’ the stability of Jerusalem as a future shared capital of Israel and Palestine, which is described as ‘vital’ to US interests in a two-state solution.”

In a letter to the White House Hyde wrote: “I cannot be blind when Israeli actions seem to go beyond the realm of legitimate security concerns and have negative consequences on communities and lands under their occupation.”

Prominent Christians in Gaza told me their friends and relatives, denied access to and from the enclave, want to emigrate. Sami El-Youssef, financial vice president of Bethlehem University, said he believes there is a conscious Israeli policy of getting rid of the Christian minority, whose discomfiture is more politically embarrassing for Israel than Muslim distress.

" I could not find a Catholic layman or prelate who complained of anti-Christian bias by Muslims." Robert Novak

We urge everyone to speak out, especially our Christian brothers to stand up and make our voice heard loud and clear.

Below is the link for the House of Representatives. Send your congressman a message, call his Washington Office and his State Office.

United States House of Representatives, 109th Congress, 2nd Session: Homepage

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