Greens demand an end to brutality against nonviolent activists in the
occupied territories and a reversal of Bush's support for the Sharon
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 14 August 2002 (GP): Members of the Green Party
of the United States have expressed concern that the Israeli Defense
Force (IDF) has targeted activists from around the world who are
working for peace in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as well
as Palestinian and Israeli peace activists.
"Clearly, nonviolent protest and our solidarity is the only way that
the occupation will end," said Justine McCabe, co-chair of the
Connecticut Greens and member of the Green Party's International
Committee. McCabe has assisted Palestinian and international relief
workers in Bethlehem and Ramallah.
"Sadly, the IDF's violent response today to these courageous
internationals is what peacefully resisting Palestinians have known
on a steady basis for over 35 years," McCabe added. "Although they
endure the same wretched conditions as Palestinians while in the
Occupied Territories, many of the internationals can go home, back to
safety to shore up for the next round. Palestinians living under
occupation have no safe place. They risk their lives every day just
to remain in their homes, on their own land."
According to eyewitness reports on August 7, Israeli police and
soldiers used percussion grenades, tear gas, and helicopters to quash
a nonviolent demonstration at the Huwara checkpoint near Nablus by
Palestinian, American, French and Irish members of the International
Solidarity Movement, including New York members of Jews Against the
McCabe noted that "this isn't the first time the IDF has used U.S.
guns to fire on U.S. citizens."
Greens have criticized the bipartisan support of the U.S. Congress
and the White House for Israel's continued illegal occupation of
Palestinian territories, which has led to the escalating slaughter of
innocent people on both sides, invasion and assassination, and the
bulldozing of Palestinian homes to make way for Israeli settlements.
"The media show us pictures and footage of the terrible, self-
defeating murder of innocent Israelis by Palestinian suicide
bombers," said Holly Hart, Green candidate for Lieutenant Governor of
Iowa and member of People for Justice in Palestine. "But few
Americans are aware of the heroic efforts by many Palestinians and
Israelis to resolve the conflict through nonviolent negotiation and
resistance to Israel's sustained onslaught."
Columnist Robert Novak, writing in www.TownHall.com on June 17,
revealed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's candid comments about his
government's goals in a closed-door meeting with U.S. Senators during
Sharon's visit in June: "Sharon pointed to no Israeli-Palestinian
deal for at least 10 years" and "committed himself to a hundred-year
war against Arabs."
Sharon startled the Senators by calling for increased immigration to
Israel and reminding them that "the ancient boundaries of the 'Land
of Israel' [Judaea and Samaria, including the West Bank] are
guaranteed to the Jewish people by Holy Scripture."
"The only way we'll see Israel reverse its illegal treatment of
Palestinians and withdraw from the occupied territories is through
massive pressure from the U.S., including a threat to end aid to
Israel," said Charles Pillsbury, Green candidate for Connecticut's
3rd Congressional District. "Unfortunately, there is nearly
unqualified bipartisan support for the Sharon agenda, except for a
very few courageous Congress members such as Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-
GA), who has been targeted for defeat in her bid for reelection this
year for her views. Sharon is not only supported by Jewish pro-Israel
lobbies but by even more powerful conservative pro-Israel Christian
fundamentalists -- the very people who are dictating Bush policy."
The Green Party of the United States has joined human rights groups,
the European Federation of Green Parties, the Palestinian Authority,
the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and U.N. Secretary General Kofi
Annan in repeated calls for an international protection force for all
civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.