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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Let's Write the Candidates About Palestine

I'd like to try something different here. Don't know how it's going to work or if anyone maybe reading would be interested, but here's the idea:

When I find any instance of a presidential candidate making a statement about the Palestinian issue, I'm going to post it here. And THEN, really what I'd like you as readers (the few of you there are) to take the link provided for you to contact this candidate.

If any of YOU readers find an item about a presidential candidate I will post it here and look up the contact information.

We CANNOT take our "democracy" for granted, we MUST speak out. If you are not US citizens, I don't think that should make ANY difference because the US is the "leader" among nations for better or worse. What the US does affects YOU so WRITE, tell our presidential candidates who will be affecting YOUR lives what you want them to know. I'm an American and I WANT you to write, I WANT you to be heard because I am SICK of our country ignoring you!

So here goes with the first one (Florence, this is for YOU)

From THIS article

Richardson to Iowans: Don't let National Media Decide Caucus Winners

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Gina Patnaik of Denison, an English doctoral student at the University of California at Berkley, said she was “very impressed” with Richardson’s support of the arts and his proposal to abolish the federal government’s “No Child Left Behind” educational requirements. But Patnaik said she was disappointed Richardson sidestepped a direct response to a question about the Israeli security wall that surrounds Bethlehem, considering his foreign policy experience.

Richardson told the audience he has never felt security walls such as the Berlin Wall have worked, and he opposes a security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He promised to check further into the issue of the Israeli security wall, adding he wants the U.S. to be “an honest broker” between Israel and the Palestinians.

Here is his contact information::
For policy questions or for information on issues, please email

Now PLEASE write to that email and let him know what he NEEDS to know.

ALL of the phone numbers and fax numbers for his campaign offices are HERE. If you are so inclined, CALL with your information.

Here are his headquarters:

National Headquarters

Albuquerque Office
111 Lomas Blvd. NW
Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: (505) 828-2455
Fax: (505) 842-5785
Santa Fe Office
811 St. Michael's Drive
Suite 206
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 982-2291
Fax: (505) 982-3652

Dear Governor Richardson,
I read with interest your statement made at Denison City Hall in Iowa saying you wanted to be an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians. You also said you don't believe in walls and would be "looking" into the "Israeli security wall"

While I believe in security for all law-abiding nations, I am an American citizen who is extremely concerned about our support of Israel and the APARTHEID wall which they have built. First of all, this "security wall" has NOT been built along the Green Line, rather it encroaches on what SHOULD be Palestinian land. It also has a VERY strange route, going deep into Palestinian land to wall off what Israel deems SOLELY as their own CONTRARY to international law. This wall has been declared illegal by the World Court and has rendered thousands of Palestinians homeless as well as their fields inaccessible. This wall has made a "swiss cheese" out of what is supposed to be a future Palestinian state, giving the "cheese" to Israel and the "holes" to the Palestinians making a viable Palestinian state IMPOSSIBLE. It will be impossible to build ANY kind of strong economy for the Palestinian state with this wall in place I feel.

In addition to the wall are the ILLEGAL settlements and the "Jews only" roads going to them which ALSO carve up what is SUPPOSED to be a future Palestinian state.

You say you want to be an "honest broker", then I would like you to see what Israel is asking for us to continue supporting. As an American citizen, I ask you sincerely to look in to this as you promised and to let us ALL know what your idea of an honest DEAL is for the Palestinian people.

Please refer to these websites to learn more about this:

Thank you very much Governor Richardson, I hope this information will be of good use to you.


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