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Undermining Peace in Gaza and Israel in One Minute Flat by Dennis Kucinich

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington
Nov 20, 2012

End US backed bombing & occupation of Palestine

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr

How the House Defeated the Democratic Process “Unanimously”

On November 16, 2012, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution, H. Res 813, expressing “vigorous support” and “unwavering commitment” to the State of Israel while bombs were being dropped on Gaza and missiles were launched toward Ashkelon. The resolution expresses the official opinion of the House of Representatives. The resolution was passed “without objection.”

It is unusual that legislation addressing a topic of such importance would be brought up without giving members of Congress any prior notice. The bill was introduced at 12:04 pm. The resolution was “agreed without objection” by 12:05 pm.

“There was no notice, no committee hearing, no discussion and no debate. In such a fashion, we achieve unanimity on great matters related to the Middle East,” said Kucinich.

Concerning this abnormal set of circumstances and addressing the tragic violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement.

“I object to H.Res.813, an unfortunately and unnecessarily one-sided resolution that was brought up on Friday, November 16th for consideration without any advance notice to members of Congress and which was completed in about a minute without any discussion. The hasty nature in which this resolution of such significance was considered undermines the unspoken, but operationally essential understanding, that bills of great importance will not be quietly tiptoed through Congress. A loss of Members’ confidence in Leadership results when House floor procedures are conducted in a manner frustrating to good faith. Such conduct can only add to the hyperpartisanship and the breakdown of comity in Congress that Americans find objectionable.

“Members must be given the opportunity to debate U.S. support of a military operation that is likely to be of significant consequence in talks between Israel and the Palestinians. This impacts the region and the world.

“Only one minute for consideration of a most consequential resolution in the House, when in the past week, the death toll in Gaza has climbed past 100, including 24 children. Over 800 people are reported to have been wounded. Rockets from groups in Gaza have landed in several Israeli towns. Three Israelis have been killed.

“This latest military escalation began after Israel assassinated Ahmed Al-Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing. According to Israeli negotiator Gershon Baskin, who secured the release of Gilad Shalit, Mr. Jabari ‘wasn’t just interested in a long-term cease-fire; he was also the person responsible for enforcing previous cease-fire understandings…On the morning that he was killed, Mr. Jabari received a draft proposal for an extended cease-fire with Israel, including mechanisms that would verify intentions and ensure compliance.’ Could anything be more destructive of peace than the assassination of a principal to ceasefire negotiations? And the House only has one minute to consider the ramifications of such action?

“The root of this latest flare up in hostilities is deep. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on a two-state solution have been virtually non-existent. Innocent people in Gaza continue to suffer under a blockade that has deprived them of everything from food and clean water to educational opportunities. Illegal settlements continue to be built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, further diminishing prospects for a negotiated two-state solution.

“The hastily written, and even more hastily passed resolution, fails to mention any of that. In its deficiencies are writ the failures of our own Middle East policies. This latest outbreak in violence is deplorable and I am strongly supportive of Egyptian efforts to negotiate a ceasefire. Innocent people on both sides deserve to live without fear. Can the House Leadership spare a minute for that point to be made?”

see

Gaza Is A Window On Our Coming Dystopia by Chris Hedges

Gaza: They Have Names by Felicity Arbuthnot + Death Toll Mounts In Gaza + 92 Gazan Dead Named

Who Started It? + Protests Erupt Worldwide Against Israel’s Bombing Campaign in Gaza + Israeli air strikes hit Palestinian PM’s office

Israel Escalates Assault On Gaza Strip + Harry Fear: No One’s Safe, Civilians Terrified of War Threat

Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Jeremy R. Hammond

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4 Responses

  1. [...] Undermining Peace in Gaza and Israel in One Minute Flat by Dennis Kucinich [...]

  2. It’s a disgrace to our nation. Thank you for writing this objection, Dennis. It’s important that people know about the assassination of Amad Al-Jabari. This is our brave new world where the Mossad and CIA operate with impunity killing people: Iranian nuclear scientists, journalists, opposing politicians, ceasefire negotiators, innocent women and children… canaries in the mine of our world who are showing us the dangers to come.

  3. [...] Undermining Peace in Gaza and Israel in One Minute Flat by Dennis Kucinich [...]

  4. [...] Undermining Peace in Gaza and Israel in One Minute Flat by Dennis Kucinich [...]

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