I was not starry-eyed about President Obama's election; I was concerned about whether he would do anything to bring justice to the Palestinians and a real and lasting peace to the Eastern Mediterranean. I try not to make negative predictions about the future, but I lost some hope, yes I did, after the horror of Israel's assault on Gaza of 2008-2009.
Jewish Voice For Peace does hope to pressure President Obama for peace and justice. They ask you to sign their petition to him. I believe JVP and similar organizations are our best hope for effecting any kind of change on United States Foreign Policy. If you feel moved, please sign and forward.
Download the PDF file of the Palestinian woman above if you want to print this image as a poster.
Petition's text below the jump
Dear President Obama,
Your presidency marks the beginning of a new era in America and in the world. Against all odds and maybe even our own better judgment, you taught us to hope again. Now, the crisis in Gaza demands that you match our hope with real progress. And, just to be clear, those who voted for you aren't the only ones doing the hoping.
We are Americans who voted for you and we are Palestinians and Israelis a world away. We are the women, men, and children who are suffering every single day in Gaza and Israel and we are the people who seek to heal their suffering. We are mothers of soldiers and children of refuseniks. We are Jews and Muslims, Christians and Atheists. We are united in our call to you today:
Please, support peace for the people of Gaza and Israel.
Press for an end to the blockade of Gaza, so that the people there can have food, medicine, fuel, and basic necessities. That is the only way that they can live, thrive, and rebuild their economy.
Talk to everyone, including Hamas. The late Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban said, "You make peace by talking to your enemies." This holds true today. Even a mjority of American Jews support negotiations even with Israelis "worst enemies."
Back up talk with actions. This includes monitoring arms smuggling into Gaza and U.S. military aid to Israel. These weapons are killing mostly children and civilians.
And, support the Peace Plan. 57 countries around the world support this plan that provides independence and support for both Israel and Palestine. Peace Plan supporters won't wait for the United States forever – and without the United States, it won't happen. It's that simple.
President Obama, we will continue to hope, and to support your efforts. Please, don't let us down. Please deliver the promise of hope.