My Letter to Middle East Envoy George Mitchell, Asking Him to Speak with Gaza Women

CODEPINK Women For Peace will be traveling to Gaza on March 6th. The purpose of their mission is to provide humanitarian and emotional support to women and women’s organizations and exert pressure on US, Egyptian and Israeli governments to lift the blockade and promote peace and human rights in the region.”

In advance of their trip, CODEPINK has created a petition that asks signers to write President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, to request that he meet with the women of Gaza. As an American Jew who opposes Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinians, I answered CODEPINK’s call, signed the petition, and wrote a letter to Mr. Mitchell. The letter that follows is my personal statement to Mr. Mitchell and not the statement of CODEPINK.

Dear Mr. Mitchell,

American corporate media and special interest groups who favor Israel have hidden the suffering of Palestinians from the American public for far too long. But now, thanks to valiant journalists and a new global media that disseminates truth NOT controlled by America and Israel, AIPAC, Christian Zionists, and myopic U.S. Jews, more Americans are learning the truth about Israel’s brutality toward the Palestinians.

More Americans are realizing every day that tens of billions of their hard earned dollars are being awarded to a nation whose primary intent is to exterminate the Palestinians and enjoy sole domain over a historically shared land.

As an American Jew, I’m deeply ashamed of Israel. I’ve even signed a petition to renounce my Right of Return. I hold no allegiance to a nation that engages in ethnic cleansing or to a people who commit the same horrors upon innocents that were once committed upon them. Has Israel no shame? Has America no shame?! And you, sir? Will you be so moved by the shame of this perversion to use your newly acquired power to end it?

Please understand, Mr. Mitchell, that I acknowledge Israelis have also suffered in this debacle. But in comparison, the Palestinians have suffered and continue to suffer decidedly and horribly more. If the United States doesn’t intervene soon on behalf of the Palestinians, they face potential extinction.

Hopefully, in light of the forthcoming change in Israeli leadership and the recent change in ours, this is the optimal time to push for a new humane agenda. I implore you Mr. Mitchell to meet with the women of Gaza. I implore you to go to Gaza and use your honored Presidential appointment, your humanity, and your gifts of diplomacy to save and protect Palestinians from further annihilation.

Defer our tax dollars from the perpetrator, Israel, to the Palestinians and provide them the necessities for living that Israel systematically denies. Former President Jimmy Carter, who I believe is America’s greatest living statesman, has publicly proclaimed his faith in you as a diplomat and a man of honor.

Please Mr. Mitchell, prove President Carter correct. Be that man of honor and end America’s support of this genocide. If you truly possess the wisdom and humanity that President Carter claims, then please visit Gaza. Please visit the West Bank. Please speak with the women and children. See the checkpoints. See the lack of sanitation. See the water system in disrepair. See the rubble. Visit the graves. Observe and comfort the wounded. Witness the brutality the Palestinians endure — AND END IT ONCE AND FOR ALL!!! The time has long since come! Salam. Shalom. Linda Milazzo American Jew Los Angeles, CA

linda_milazzo.jpgThe trip to Gaza will be led by CODEPINK cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans. Sponsoring groups include the National Congress of Black Women, Global Exchange, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, American Muslim Voice and Women’s Intercultural Network. Further information is available here.

Linda Milazzo

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  1. YR says

    Linda,
    This is a list of “major” terrorist attacks since the Oslo agreement was signed on September 13, 1993. Victims include citizens from the United States, Israel (Jews and Arabs), Romania, Thailand, Norway, the Former Soviet Union, South Africa, Ethiopia. More than 100 suicide bombings have been carried out since September 2000. To see the complete list of attacks, click here.
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    Date Location Casualities Responsibilty Notes
    July 12, 2005 Netanya 5 killed, 70+ wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide bombing outside shopping mall.
    February 25, 2005 Tel Aviv 5 killed, 50 wounded Islamic Jihad Bombing outside night club.
    October 7, 2004 Taba 12 killed, 120+ wounded Bombing at Sinai holiday resorts.
    August 31, 2004 Beersheba 16 killed, 100 wounded Hamas Two suicide bombings on buses.
    March 14, 2004 Ashdod 10 killed, 16 wounded Hamas and Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Twin suicide bombings at port
    February 22, 2004 Jerusalem 8 killed, over 60 wounded Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades Suicide bombing on bus
    January 29, 2004 Jerusalem 10 killed, 50 wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing on bus
    October 4, 2003 Haifa 19 killed, 60 wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide bombing in restaurant owned by Jews and Arabs
    September 9, 2003 Tel Aviv 8 killed, 32 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at a hitchhiking post for soldiers
    September 9, 2003 Jerusalem 7 killed, 50 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel
    August 19, 2003 Jerusalem 22 killed, 135 wounded Hamas Suicide bombing on a bus
    January 5, 2003 Tel Aviv 23 killed, 108 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Two suicide bombers in an immigrant neighborhood
    June 19, 2002 Jerusalem 7 killed, 50 injured Suicide bombing at a bus stop
    June 18, 2002 Jerusalem 19 killed, 74 were injured Hamas Suicide bombing on a bus
    June 5, 2002 Megiddo 17 killed, 38 injured Islamic Jihad Car bomb next to bus
    May 27, 2002 Petah Tikvah 2 killed, 37 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bomb in shopping mall
    May 22, 2002 Rishon Lezion 2 killed, 40 wounded Suicide bomb on pedestrian mall
    May 19, 2002 Netanya 3 killed, 59 injured Hamas and the PFLP Suicide bomb in market
    May 7, 2002 Rishon Lezion 16 killed, 55 injured Hamas Suicide bomb in pool hall
    Apr 12, 2002 Jerusalem 6 killed, 104 injured Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bomb in Mahane Yehuda market
    Apr 10, 2002 Kibbutz Yagur 8 killed, 22 injured Hamas Suicide bombing on bus
    March 31, 2002 Haifa 14 Killed, 40 Wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at restaurant
    March 29, 2002 Jerusalem 2 killed, 28 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing at supermarket in Kiryat Yovel
    March 27, 2002 Netanya 22 killed, 140 Wounded Hamas Suicide bombing at Passover seder at Park Hotel
    March 21, 2002 Jerusalem 3 killed, 86 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing downtown
    March 20, 2002 Afula 7 killed, 30 wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide bombing on bus
    March 14, 2002 Karni-Netzarim road 3 Killed, 2 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Remote Control Mine
    March 12, 2002 near Kibbutz Matzuva 6 Killed, 7 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Ambush Vehicles
    March 12, 2002 Kiryat Sefer checkpoint 1 Killed, 1 Wounded Shooting Attack
    March 11, 2002 Ashdod 1 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire at Bar Mitzvah
    March 10, 2002 Netzarim 1 Killed Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Shooting Attack
    March 9, 2002 Jerusalem 11 Killed, 54 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Cafe
    March 9, 2002 Netanya 2 Killed, 50 Wounded Fatah al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade 2 Gunmen Open Fire on a Promenade
    March 7, 2002 Atzmona 5 Killed, 23 Wounded Terrorist Opens Fire and Throws Grenades
    March 7, 2002 Ariel >6 Wounded Suicide Bomber in Hotel Lobby
    March 5, 2002 Sderot 1 Baby Wounded Kassam Rocket
    March 5, 2002 Afula 1 Killed, 10 Wounded Suicide Bomber on Bus
    March 5, 2002 Tel Aviv 3 Killed, >35 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire at Restaurants
    March 5, 2002 outside Bethlehem 1 Killed, 1 Wounded Gunman Ambushes Vehicle
    March 2, 2002 Jerusalem 10 Killed, >50 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Suicide Bomber outside Synagogue
    February 27, 2002 West Bank 3 Wounded Fatah Female Suicide Bomber
    February 25, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed, 8 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunman Opens Fire at a Bus Stop
    February 25, 2002 Gush Etzion 1 Killed, 1 Pregnant Woman Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Open Fire on a Car
    February 22, 2002 Efrat 1 Wounded Suicide Bomber in Supermarket
    February 22, 2002 North of Jerusalem 1 Killed Fatah Drive-by Shooting
    February 19, 2002 En Arik 6 Killed, 1 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunmen Open Fire at Soldiers
    February 18, 2002 Gush Katif 3 Killed, 4 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunfire and Bombs at Cars
    February 18, 2002 near Jerusalem 1 Killed, 1 Injured Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Car Bomb
    February 16, 2002 Karnei Shomron 2 Killed, 27 Wounded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Suicide Bomber at Crowded Shopping Mall
    February 14, 2002 Gaza 3 Killed, 4 Wounded Mine Placed Under Tank
    February 10, 2002 Be’er Sheva 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Hamas Drive-by Shooting
    February 8, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed 4 Teenagers with Knives
    February 6, 2002 Moshav Hamra 2 Killed, 5 Wounded Hamas Gunmen Infiltrates Moshav
    January 30, 2002 Taiba 2 Wounded Fatah Suicide Bomber
    January 27, 2002 Jerusalem 1 Killed, >150 Wounded Fatah Female Suicide Bomber
    January 25, 2002 Tel Aviv 24 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Crowded Pedestrian Shopping Mall
    January 22, 2002 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 40 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Guman Opens Fire on Crowd
    January 17, 2002 Hadera 6 Killed, 35 Wounded Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade Gunman Opens Fire at Bat Mitzvah Celebration
    January 15, 2002 Beit Jala 1 Killed Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade American Kidnapped and Murdered
    January 9, 2002 Kerem Shalom 4 Killed, 2 Wounded Hamas Gunfire and Expolsives
    December 12, 2001 Emmanuel 10 Killed, 30 Wounded Fatah & Hamas Bomb and Gunfire Attack on Bus
    December 9, 2001 Haifa 31 Wounded Suicide Bomber
    December 2, 2001 Haifa 15 Killed, 46 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    December 1, 2001 Jerusalem 10 Killed, >188 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers and a Car Bomb in a Pedestrian Mall
    November 29, 2001 near Hadera 3 Killed, 9 Wounded Islamic Jihad & Fatah Suicide Bomber on Bus
    November, 27, 2001 Afula 2 Killed, Dozens Wounded Islamic Jihad & Fatah Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade 2 Gunmen Opened Fire on Crowd near the Central Bus Station
    November, 27, 2001 Gush Katif 1 Killed, 3 Wounded Hamas Grenades and Gunfire
    November 26, 2001 Erez Checkpoint 2 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    November 24, 2001 Kfar Darom 1 Killed Hamas Morter Shell Landed on a Soccer Field
    November 4, 2001 Jerusalem 2 Killed, >50 Wounded Islamic Jihad Gunman
    October 28, 2001 Hadera 4 Killed, 40 Wounded Gunman
    October 28, 2001 near Kibbutz Metzer 1 Killed Tanzim Drive-By Shooting
    October 17, 2001 Jerusalem Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi Assasinated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Gunmen in Hotel
    October 7, 2001 Beit She’an Valley 1 Killed Suicide Bomber
    October 4, 2001 Afula 3 Killed, 16 Wounded Gunman Opens Fire on Crowd
    October 1, 2001 Jerusalem Several Wounded Car Bomb
    September 9, 2001 Nahariya 3 Killed, 90 Wounded Hamas 1st Israeli-Arab Suicide Bomber, at Train Station
    September 9, 2001 West Bank 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Gunmen
    September 4, 2001 Jerusalem 20 Wounded Suicide Bomber disguised as Orthodox Jew
    September 3, 2001 Jerusalem 3 Wounded Series of Car Bombs
    August 12, 2001 Kiryat Motzkin 21 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Cafe
    August 9, 2001 Jerusalem 15 Killed, >130 Wounded Islamic Jihad & Hamas Suicide Bomber at Pizzaria
    July 16, 2001 Binyamina 2 Killed, 11 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    June 22, 2001 Dugit 2 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber
    June 1, 2001 Tel Aviv 21 Killed, 120 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Disco
    May 30, 2001 Netanya 8 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb outside School
    May 27, 2001 Jerusalem 30 Wounded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine & Islamic Jihad 2 Car Bombs
    May 25, 2001 Hadera 65 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb
    May 18, 2001 Netanya 5 Killed, >100 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Mall
    May 9, 2001 Tekoa 2 Killed Islamic Jihad Two 14 year-old Boys Beaten and Stoned to Death, found dismembered in a Cave
    April 23, 2001 Or Yehuda 8 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb in Outdoor Market
    April 22, 2001 Kfar Saba 1 Killed, 60 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    March 28, 2001 near Kfar Saba 2 Killed, 4 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at School Bus Stop
    March 27, 2001 Jerusalem 7 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb
    March 27, 2001 Jerusalem 28 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    March 26, 2001 Hevron 10-Month Old Infant Shalhevet Pass Killed Sniper from Abu Sneineh
    March 4, 2001 Netanya 3 Killed, >65 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    February 14, 2001 Azor 8 Killed, 21 Wounded Hamas Bus Driver Plows into Crowd
    January 23, 2001 Tulkarem 2 Killed Hamas Gunmen Kidnap and Shoot 2 Israelis
    January 1, 2001 Netanya >50 Wounded Hamas Car Bomb
    December 22, 2000 Jordan Valley >3 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber
    November 22, 2000 Hadera 2 Killed, 55 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb next to Bus
    November 20, 2000 Kfar Darom 2 Killed, 9 Wounded School Bus Bombed
    November 2, 2000 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 10 Wounded Islamic Jihad Car Bomb in outdoor Market
    October 26, 2000 Gaza 1 Wounded Islamic Jihad Youth Suicide Bomber on Bike
    November 7, 1999 Netanya 27 Wounded Hamas 3 Pipe Bombs
    August 10, 1999 Nahshon Junction 6 Wounded Hamas Car Plows into Crowd (Twice)
    November 6, 1998 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 20 Wounded Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers
    October 29, 1998 Gush Katif 1 Killed, 8 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber Attacks School Bus
    October 19, 1998 Be’er Sheva 59 Wounded Hamas Grenades Thrown at Central Bus Station
    October 11, 1998 Hevron 18 Wounded Hamas 2 Grenades Injure Palestinians and Israelis
    August 27, 1998 Tel-Aviv 14 Wounded Hamas Bomb In Dumpster
    August 20, 1998 Tel Rumeiyda Rabbi Killed Hamas Fire Bomb & Stabbing
    September 4, 1997 Jerusalem 4 Killed, 181 Wounded Hamas 3 Suicide Bombers at Pedestrian Mall
    July 30, 1997 Jerusalem 15 Killed, 178 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers at Outdoor Market
    March 21, 1997 Tel-Aviv 3 Killed, 48 Wounded Hamas Bomb at Restaurant
    March 4, 1996 Tel Aviv 20 Killed, 75 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber at Mall
    March 3, 1996 Jerusalem 19 Killed, 6 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    February 25, 1996 Ashkelon 2 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    February 25, 1996 Jerusalem 26 Killed, 80 Wounded Hamas 2 Suicide Bombers on Bus
    July 24, 1995 Ramat Gan 6 Killed, 31 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    June 25, 1995 Neve Dekalim 3 Wounded Islamic Jihad Explosives-ladden Cart
    April 9, 1995 Gaza 8 Killed, 50 Wounded Hamas & Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers
    January 22, 1995 Beit Lid Junction 21 Killed, 69 Wounded Islamic Jihad 2 Suicide Bombers at Bus Stop
    December 25, 1994 Jerusalem 13 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber at Bus Stop
    November 11, 1994 Netzarim Junction 3 Killed, 6 Wounded Islamic Jihad Suicide Bomber on Bike
    October 19, 1994 Tel Aviv 22 Killed, 56 Wounded Hamas Suicide Bomber on Bus
    October 9, 1994 Jerusalem 2 Killed, 14 Wounded Hamas 2 Gunmen Open Fire
    April 13, 1994 Hadera 5 Killed Hamas Suicide Bomber
    April 6, 1994 Afula 8 Killed Hamas Car Bomb next to Bus

  2. YR says

    You need to do some home work and study the conflict.
    Have you read Hamas charter?

    Israel left Gaza in 2005, giving Palestinians the chance to run their own lives. Despite this, more than 6300 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel since then.
    How about the suffering of Israeli citizens? How about Sderot?
    Regarding civilian fatalities in Gaza, I do not belive Hamas.Please read “IDF: World duped by Hamas’s false civilian death toll figures” Jpost http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304788684&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    The Palestinians already have three nations – Jordan, PA, and Gaza. That they have made of sewer of the latter two (PA, GAZA) is their own fault. That they have not made a sewer of the first (Jordan) is to the credit not of the Palestinians, but of the Hashemites.

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