[saymaListserv] Joint Statement by the Orient House and MIFTAH (Aug ust 15th, 2001)

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at mindspring.com
Wed Aug 15 22:21:03 JEST 2001

Hello Friends,

Ilise Cohen of AFSC-SERO's Middle East Peace Education Program sent this 
message to the members of the program's

I forward it to you to let you know how serious the situation in 
Israel/Palestine is getting.   Please
hold those folks in the Middle East and those who are here in the SE, 
working on this issue, in the Healing
Light that brings Peace with Justice to all.

Free Polazzo
Anneewakee Creek Worship Group
Douglasville, GA

>for those of you that have been paying attention to the israeli takeover of
>the Orient house...this is a BIG DEAL!
>there had been threats by the Israeli govt to close it down over the last
>few years (where Faisal Husseni did a lot of his work) but it did not really
>happen. this takeover is significant in its act because of the statement
>about Jerusalem, about power, and about the current relations between the
>governments/authorieis of the Palestinians and Israelis.
>From: MIFTAH <mailto:miftah at miftah.org>
>Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 2:38 PM
>Subject: Joint Statement by the Orient House and MIFTAH (August 15th, 2001)
>Office of Faisal Husseini                                            The
>Palestinian Initiative for the
>Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy
>Date:    August 15th, 2001
>Joint Statement by the Orient House and MIFTAH
>The Orient House and the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global
>Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) urge the international community to take a
>firm stance against Israel's illegal occupation of the Orient House in east
>Jerusalem. In particular, we call upon the governments and institutions of
>European states (specifically the European Union) to take an active and
>direct role in upholding the rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people,
>in accordance with international legality and legitimacy.
>The Israeli occupation of the Orient House in the early hours of Friday
>August 10th, 2001, constitutes a serious violation of international law and
>a blatant disregard to the Palestinian-Israeli understandings reached
>following the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991. Ariel Sharon's government has
>directly violated the pledge made by Israel in October 1993, in which
>Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, declared, in a letter sent to the
>late Johan Jorgen Holst, the Norwegian Foreign Minister at the time, that
>Israel shall not hamper the activity of Palestinian institutions functioning
>within the boundaries of east Jerusalem.
>Recent statements made by Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, that the
>Orient House shall only be closed for 6 months, and not permanently (as
>stated by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the wake of the incursion
>on August 10th), are yet another example of the 'apologist' role assumed by
>the Israeli left in dealing with the current crisis, and the conflict at
>large. Mr. Peres has willfully adopted Sharon's policy of repression and
>mentality of occupation, with all its anachronisms and misperceptions.
>The Orient House and MIFTAH strongly reject the position adopted by Shimon
>Peres as a shortsighted attempt to defuse the situation and mislead the
>international community by willfully undermining the urgency of an immediate
>withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Orient House, and the immediate
>reopening of all Palestinian institutions recently shut down in east
>To that end, and in light of the urgency in taking firm steps against
>Israel's illegal actions, we demand that the European Union and the
>governments of European states:

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