Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Republican Right and congressional liberals join together to show support for Sharon government despite reports by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch detailing gross human rights abuses.
In the United States and around the world, many are questioning why, despite some mild rebukes, Washington has maintained its large-scale military, financial, and diplomatic support for the Israeli occupation in the face of unprecedented violations of international law and human rights standards by Israeli occupation forces.
collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David in the summer of 2000 and the subsequent Palestinian uprising
Palestine has scarce resources to face the enormous challenges in a struggle that has now continued for over five decades.
Divesting in countries that are in blatant violation of international and humanitarian law is not new, but with Israel, it needs to end.
President Bush is currently being assailed from all sides for his Middle East foreign policy.
The Powell mission, whatever fig leaf it produces, has shown that the United States is unable or unwilling to impose peace. The only solution is for the whole world to join together and force the two sides to back off.
Not only has Sharon's war on Arafat unified the Arab world in ways not seen in decades, it has also had the effect of undermining the legal basis for the continuing sanctions and U.S. bombing of Iraqi targets.
The security of Israelis and Palestinians is intertwined
Until America finds its own voice in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, it is unlikely that America's voice will be heard or heeded in the Arab world.