Posts Tagged ‘Congressman Howard Berman’

Upon Gilad Shalit’s return home

October 18, 2011

[Sent to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA)]

Dear Congressman Berman:

I read your message concerning Israeli Army Sergeant-Major Gilad Shalit’s return home after more than five years of captivity by Hamas.  Without getting into the specifics, your message presented an accurate picture of how your constituents, and indeed all believers in human rights, feel at this historic moment.  Thank you for taking this opportunity to use your position to bring light to this important topic.

G.H.
North Hollywood, CA

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Berman’s Resolution Passes!

November 4, 2009
Congressman Berman

Congressman Berman in his office.

[An edited version of the below was sent to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).]

Dear Congressman Berman:

Congratulations on the passage of your resolution condemning the Goldstone report.  Also, thank you for revising some of the inaccuracies in the first draft.  Your continued support is appreciated and I look forward to voting for you again in the next Congressional election!

Sincerely,

G.H.

Sherman Oaks, CA

A More Nuanced Look at Berman’s Resolution

November 1, 2009
Congressman Berman

Congressman Berman in his office.

[An edited version of the below was sent to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).]

Dear Congressman Berman:

I sent you a letter last week thanking you for submitting a non-binding Congressional resolution condemning the United Nations-sponsored Goldstone report, which unfairly and maliciously criticizes Israel for responding to Palestinian terrorism while neglecting to condemn Palestinian terrorism to the same degree.  Upon reading arguments by organizations like J Street and Americans for Peace Now, I think your bill may have been too wide-ranging.  I applaud the language in the bill condemning the “kangaroo court” aspect of the Goldstone report and also applaud the recommendations that the U.S. government not take the report seriously because of its enormous flaws and biases.  However, I think some of the language in the bill (specifically Paragraph 20) ought to be removed or edited so as not to give the impression that the House of Representatives is against an Israeli investigation into its own conduct during Operation Cast Lead.  Israel itself recently said that it would conduct such an investigation.

Thank you for your continued support,

G.H.

Sherman Oaks, CA

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,
G.H.
Sherman Oaks, CA