German responsibility - a lesson not learned
As a German, I keep hearing from our politicians, press and many people how we, as the country that committed such immense injustice to the Jewish people in the past, are responsible for them, to support them and pledge our allegiance to them.
What I don’t hear a lot of is that, especially with our past and the lessons learned from it, we mustn’t turn a blind eye to racial discrimination and persecution, regardless of the perpetrator. I don’t hear much of the same statements declared throughout our recent history, for example the civil war in former Yugoslavia, the inhumane methods against Vietnamese civilians or the vast casualties in Iraq.
We’ve spoken out against injustice before and supported the oppressed. Yet, in this crisis, the German public seems more concerned with its own reputation tarnished by potential accusations of anti-Semitism than about actual human lives which are lost in dozens, daily.
This makes me feel ashamed to be German for the first time. Not because of our past but because this time, we are looking away and prove that we have not learned our lesson after all.
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Canadians for Palestine!
My friend John and I recently decided that we wanted to start writing to our politicians to get them to see that we, as Canadians, do not condone Prime Minister Harper’s recent comments regarding Gaza. As Linda McQuaig put it:
"Certain minimal standards are expected of a national leader in what is known as the ‘civilized world’.
One of those standards would seem to be that, when massive numbers of defenceless civilians are being killed, a national leader should call for the killing to stop.
Questions about responsibility, blame, punishment, repercussions, etc., can always follow. But surely the first order of business — the one with moral urgency — is to halt the killing of innocent people.
So it’s quite extraordinary, as well as appalling, that our prime minister has steadfastly declined to join other world leaders in calling for a halt to Israel’s bombing of Gaza, which has killed more than 200 people and left more than 1,500 injured.”
If we ALL send our local representatives an email outlining the reality of the genocide that is ongoing in Palestine right now and if we collectively condemn Harper’s ignorant remarks about the people of Palestine, maybe we can spark some change. Even if it’s tiny.
I feel like we have a responsibility to speak up and I know some of you might feel unsure about this but please, re consider the situation from the perspective of the millions of civilians in Gaza. They are being killed and targeted on the daily by Israeli missiles. Their story is being diluted and mis-represented, their voices are being silenced and invalidated, they have no support. The international community is not only siding with Israel’s right to “defend itself (by killing hundreds and then cheering on from hill tops), but some people have also cut off borders so the Palestinians have nowhere to go either. We have to do something, anything.
Talking to our members of parliament might be a good start.
So here’s what to do:
1. Find your member of Parliament here:http://www.parl.gc.ca/Default.aspx?Language=E
It’s the middle column where it says “House of Commons”
You have to enter your postal code so for example, my local rep would be Rob Moore. Once you find your rep, take note of their email address AND their constituency office address.
3. Pick the template you didn’t pick and send this template by mail to your rep.
It will only take a few minutes and will definitely help in getting our politicians aware of the fact that we, the people, care about this issue and want to start an appropriate dialogue about it. GET SENDING GUYS AND THANK YOU! SPREAD THIS LIKE WILD FIRE!