...The World Council of Churches responded to the recent Jerusalem bombings (in which 21 Israelis were killed) by announcing its "solidarity with all those who are the victims of unacceptable collective punishment" and "denouncing all forms of violence, whether by individuals or authorities." The WCC statement repeatedly referred to the site of the bombings as "the Holy Land," and referred to Israel only when declaring that "the intransigent present Israeli policies" are "endangering the Middle East peace process"...
... A delegation from the National Council of Churches, returning from a visit to Israel in September, asserted that "the collapse of the peace process" was due to five factors: "suicide bombings, crippling border closures, continuing Israeli settlement expansion and land confiscation, and the demolition of selected Palestinian housing"...
...John Sununu, co-host of CNN-TV's "Crossfire" program, declared on the September 11 broadcast that "terrorism is an act in which there is a wounding or killing of innocent civilians [and] the Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon, which killed Lebanese civilians, fits that description". Sununu also demanded that "the Jewish-American community [become] a little more public with criticisms of Mr. Netanyahu." Sununu added, "I'm not the only one criticizing Mr. Netanyahu," citing Mrs. Leah Rabin as a fellow-critic...
...Is the Israeli left to blame for Hamas bombings? Writing in the September-October issue of Tikkun, Mark LeVine, who describes himself as "a Fulbright-Hays Fellow doing research in Israel and Palestine," recounts his visit to Israel after one of the recent Jerusalem bombings. LeVine quotes "a senior activist" in "the [Israeli] peace movement" as saying "only significant violence by Palestinians will shake Israelis out of their complacency." LeVine comments: "As so many Palestinians have asked me, if Jews aren't willing to put their bodies in front of Israeli bulldozers and engage in other acts of non-violent protest against their government's policies, what alternative to violence exists for us?"...
...During 1994-1996, when nationalist Israelis urged Congress to suspend U.S. aid to the PLO, Prime Minister Rabin and his spokesmen denounced them for supposedly breaking an unwritten rule that Israelis should not air differences with the government's policy before the eyes of Washington. Now Rabin's son, Yuval Rabin, on the op-ed page of the New York Times has blasted Congress for joining "the anti-Arafat campaign" by "threatening the Palestinian Authority with sanctions" and thereby endangering peace. So, trying to influence Congress to be pro-Arafat is acceptable, but urging Congressmen to oppose Arafat is treason...
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