A Dream Of Peace (NC Congressman Works To Ease Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza)

In response to the recent Gaza War, a fundraising page was set up on ActBlue.com in order to contribute to elected officials who have been supportive of the peoples of Israel and Palestine. The page is called A Dream of Peace: Justice and Equality for The People of Israel and Palestine, and can be found here.

The mission of the page states "All of the people of the Holy Land need to live in peace and security. We need to support and elect candidates that are willing to stand up for the rights of the citizens of Israel and Palestine. These candidates support measures to stop violence, increase economic and humanitarian aid, actively engage in negotiation, and promote co-existence among these two Peoples."

On January 28th, Rep. John Olver (MA-01) sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton requesting that the State Department release funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for reconstuction and humanitarian assistance in Gaza. The letter was signed by a total of 63 Democratic House members, including one member of the North Carolina Delegation, David Price (NC-04). The full text of the letter, as well as the full list of signatories can be found here.

As a result of this request, President Obama, yesterday, authorized the use of $20.3 million from The US Emergency Refugee and Migration Association (ERMA) for humanitarian needs in Gaza. $13.5 million went to UNRWA, $6 million went to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and $800,000 went to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Congressman Price, as well as the rest of the signatories, are all strong supporters of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. They are speaking out to help lessen the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to commend President Obama on his early committment to the peace process between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We need to help these candidates as they face pressure from the anti-peace community. Please visit our fundraising page and contribute to Congressman Price, as well as any (or all) of our candidates.

In peace


I love the rhetoric...but it's same old/same old

Trash me if you want, but all of what is being said here by rbguy is what's been said time and time and time again. "Everyone wants peace between Israel and Palestine". It's just not that simple and anyone that has followed this for the past 4 decades knows this.

I mean, let's be honest, neither side has honored "peace agreements". I mean, we've had Nobel Peace Prizes given to people that have negotiated peace agreements between these two adversaries over the years and we've seen dozens of "cease fires" and so forth. At the end of the day....the peace agreements ultimately failed as did all of the cease fires.

There has to be a fundamental change in the leadership on both sides. I'm not an "Israel advocate" in this controversy nor am I a "palestinian" advocate. I'm an advocate of peace. If one side says that they will die until the other side no longer exists, then there's a real problem there. If one side says that they will kill women and children anywhere the terrorist choose to exist, then there's a real problem there as well.

This isn't something rhetoric and "agreements" will solve. It will take direct intervention by an entity like the UN or some other like agency to make sure there is true peace. Both sides have to accept each other. If that doesn't happen...all the "agreements" and "cease fires" and Nobel Peace prizes just won't get the job done.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

I think you'd see a big change in attitude

if we all admitted that all of the earth is "Holy Land". There's nothing special about the middle east. If we treated all of the earth around us as if it were a true holy gift, we wouldn't be as concerned about who lives where and why.

It's a good thought, Linda

Not being particularly "religious", I'm not sure about this "Holy Land" description, but don't get me wrong, I see what you're saying. I mean, our earth is all of ours. It's why we ALL need to make an effort to take care of her. We certainly need boarders so long as we have people with different perspectives on how they should be governed and so forth. Save having a true "international community", I think that's true.

I can vividly remember our social studies teacher in high school telling us that the Middle East...more pointedly the "Holy Land" was what she called a "hot spot" in the world. Now, that was nearly 50 years ago. And, here we are today with that area still being a "hot spot".

I sure wish there was a resolution. If ever one is found, it will apply to FAR more than just that area because the truth is, the biggest threat to true international peace is problems between radical religious factions that, coincidentally, come from that part of the world.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

I guess what I was trying to say is that if the rest

of the world kept their noses on their own little patches of holy land (I believe that all the Earth is sacred), then the folks in the Middle East could concentrate on their patch, and learn to get along.

I know that sounds isolationist, and it's not, really. I don't think we should ever ignore human need. The Middle East is a good place to apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that Jerimee alluded to in a different post.

* (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
* (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

If everyone really accepted this, we wouldn't have half of the issues that we have now.


No disagreement on that one, Linda.

The best thinking is independent thinking.