Currently Congressman Baird is in Gaza on his third trip there.
A visit to his website gives his statement on the Goldstone Report with his strong statement of why it should not be discounted by HR 867: "Israel and Gaza Deserve Better than a Misguided Resolution" Writing from his own convictions after gaining his own first hand knowledge of the situation in Gaza he wrote:
Since scarcely a dozen House Members have actually been to Gaza, what actual first-hand knowledge do the rest of the Members of Congress possess on which to base their judgment of the merits of H.Res. 867 or the Goldstone report?
What will it say about this Congress and our country if we so readily seek to block "any further consideration" of a human rights investigation produced by one of the most respected jurists in the world today, a man who led the investigations of abuses in South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Kosovo and worked to identify and prosecute Nazi war criminals as a member of the Panel of the Commission of Enquiry into the Activities of Nazism in Argentina?
Now Congressman Baird is calling for the immediate lifting of the blockade of Gaza. But not only is he calling for this, he is also calling for a massive lift of aid to Gaza.
"We ought to bring roll-on, roll-off ships and roll them right to the beach and bring the relief supplies in, in our version of the Berlin airlift," he said, adding that the supplies could be delivered to U.N. aid agencies. (SOURCE)
In December Al-Jazeera covered Congressman Baird's and Keith Ellison's efforts. Watch closely in this video. Congressman Brian Baird of Washington stood before the House of Representatives with a poster showing dead Palestinian children. He stated, "Those children deserve someone to ask, why they died" Yes they do.................................
This is the video that Congressman Baird an Congressman Ellison presented to the New America Foundation almost a year ago
Be sure to visit Congressman Baird's website to view his videos and pictures from his trips to Gaza (at the bottom)
Indeed Congressman Baird's voice is rare as the Al-Jazeera report noted. COURAGE in the face of the Israeli lobby controlled Congress is rare!
I too am only one American.
THANK YOU Congressman Baird.
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.