By Stanley Walinets
May 12, 2010
Extract from an interesting letter I received last December:
"Three years ago, I moved to Israel with our children so my husband, who is Israeli, could be close to his family. While there I worked for Palestinian-Israeli social justice organizations, and was actively involved in the Israeli movement in solidarity with Palestinian partners... From the South Hebron hills, where local families fought to stay on their land, even as children are stoned on their way to school and their harvests and animals are poisoned; to Asariyah, formerly part of Jerusalem, but now cut off and surrounded by the Wall; to Bedouin communities in Israel that are being demolished over and over again; I was witness to the ravages of state policies that unequivocally favor one people over another, making neither peace nor security possible for anyone in the region.
But during this time I was also privileged to get to know the amazing groups of tireless Palestinian and Israeli activists who need our support. I am more convinced than ever that we in the US have an enormous responsibility -- and opportunity -- to play a critical role in bringing about an end to the apartheid-like policies that are the heartbreaking reality of the Occupation today........ "
The lady was Rebecca Vilkomerson, a member of the US organisation Jewish Voice for Peace.