Archive for October, 2009

Berman’s resolution

October 25, 2009
Congressman Berman in his office.

[The following was sent to U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.).]

Dear Congressman Berman:

As a constituent of yours, I am proud to be able to thank you for spearheading the non-binding resolution condemning the infamous, one-sided Goldstone report commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council and recommending that the President and Secretary of State do all that they can to curtail the damage it continues to inflict on the ideal of peace and security in the region.

Thank you for your continued support,
Sherman Oaks, CA


Human Rights Watch Criticizes Hamas

October 25, 2009

[This email was sent to the Los Angeles office of Human Rights Watch.]

To whom it may concern:

Thank you for recently calling attention to war crimes committed by Hamas, the Palestinian terror group responsible for the murder and injury of hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians.  Human Rights Watch all too often turns a blind eye to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups while placing a singular, obsessive focus on Israel.  Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, said as much in an important, widely read editorial in the New York Times this week:

“Human Rights Watch has lost critical perspective on a conflict in which Israel has been repeatedly attacked by Hamas and Hezbollah, organizations that go after Israeli citizens and use their own people as human shields.  … Leaders of Human Rights Watch know that Hamas and Hezbollah chose to wage war from densely populated areas, deliberately transforming neighborhoods into battlefields. … And they know that this militancy continues to deprive Palestinians of any chance for the peaceful and productive life they deserve. Yet Israel, the repeated victim of aggression, faces the brunt of Human Rights Watch’s criticism.”

The call this week for Hamas to investigate war crimes is a first step in reversing the widely-held perception that Human Rights Watch is irrelevant when it comes to the topic of Israel and the Palestinians.  I hope future reports by Human Rights Watch will be written in the same spirit as this one.

Los Angeles, CA

Ban Ki-moon Chews Out Hezbollah

October 23, 2009

[I sent an edited version of this email to the United Nations’ contact page.]

I’d like to thank UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his recent remarks about Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror organization responsible for the murder, kidnapping, hijacking, and bombing of hundreds of people and infrastructure from the United States, Israel, Lebanon, Argentina, and elsewhere.  Hezbollah is perhaps best known for beginning a month-long war with Israel resulting in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of civilians on both sides.

Because Hezbollah is publicly seen as an enemy of Israel, many forget the extent to which Hezbollah is a danger to Lebanon.  Ban’s emphasis on Hezbollah’s danger to the Lebanese civilian population was very welcome.  It correctly puts the blame for much of Lebanese suffering on the people most responsible.  Ban also repeated what the United Nations had already resolved in 2004 and 2006: the complete disarmament of Hezbollah and its transformation into a normal, non-military political party in Lebanon.

My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen an additional mention of Hezbollah’s crimes against non-Lebanese civilians (most notably Israelis).

President Obama will attend the UJC GA

October 23, 2009

[UPDATE: Obama will not attend due to the Fort Worth, TX massacre.]

[The following was sent to U.S. President Barack Obama.]

I’d like to thank President Obama for choosing to speak at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly next month.  While a majority of American Jews approve of President Obama, his stance on Israel, the Palestinians, and his vision of a path toward peace need to be clarified and addressed directly to American Jews.  I look forward to reading reports or seeing video of the president’s speech.