JAT Action Alert: 16 December 2003

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DATE:      16 December, 2003
TYPE: Action Item
SCOPE: Global
SUBJ: Urge Withholding Funds From PA

A letter came to our attention from uncertain sources. However, we believe that it has the germ of an important idea, so we have modified it and propose it as a JAT action. We have also provided some relevant links below.


If you agree with the position expressed by the letter, please send it out to President Bush and to Vice President Cheney, preferably recast into your own words.


Dear Mr. President:
Dear Mr. Vice President:

A little while ago your administration (which I've been a strong supporter of) withheld from the loan guaranties provided to Israel close to $300 million because of Israel's continued development of the so-called settlements in the disputed territories.

Since you are often criticized for the lack of "evenhandedness" in the Arab-Israeli conflict, I would like to suggest that as a balancing action you consider withholding some amount from the money our government provides to the Palestinian Authority for every attempted terrorist attack by the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade, which is a faction of the PA and is controlled, directed, and financed by it? Even better, what if you withheld, let's say, $1 million for every attempted terror attack by the presumed non-PA affiliated terror groups -- such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and others, groups that the PA is supposed to control -- and $10 million for every attempted terror attack by the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade?

If you feel that it is appropriate and just to withhold money from Israelis because they are building houses where you think they shouldn't, surely you must feel it to be more than fair if you refuse to pay for killing and maiming innocent civilians (Americans as well as Israelis). I believe this simple action would do a lot of good in reducing terrorist activities, showing your moral stand and "evenhandedness", as well as strengthening the hand of Palestinians who really would like to live in peace with Israel.




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