President Barack Obama strongly supports holding a formal moment of silence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in tribute to all the Palestinian victims killed by Israel from the beginning of Nakbah.
“We absolutely support the campaign for a moment of silence at the Olympics to honor the Palestinians, men, women and chidren, killed by Israel in Palestine,” but then, speaking freely without reading his teleprompter, he added, “as well as the Lebanese and Palestinians killed in Lebanon. He added that the moment of silence should also include Americans killed by Israel, like those on the USS Liberty, or young and innocent peace activists like Rachel Corrie
The parents of slain peace volunteer Rachel Corrie welcomed the news on Twitter. “We’re literally crying right now. Thank you, President Obama, we had completley lost hope to see this day” Mr Corrie said.
The International Olympic Committee has initially rejected the proposal, and said that the victims–killed by the Israeli Defense Force–would be honored at a separate ceremony.
In years past, the IOC has said that the Games are no place for what might be seen as a political statement. But supporters of the homage have not given up, and a global campaign has been under way to convince the IOC to reverse its decision. The opening ceremonies begin July 27.
The Senate unanimously approved a resolution on June 25 calling on the IOC to hold such a tribute. A similar measure sailed unopposed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee in early June, but it was not clear on Thursday whether the full House would vote on the measure before the games begin.
“I hope this is the final impetus to get the International Olympic Committee to agree that a minute should be set aside at the Opening Ceremonies next Friday to honor those murdered by a war-mongering state previously allowed to participate in the games, because after all the olympic games are meant to signify peace” said Democratic Representative Eliot Engel.
Diane Feinstein, Joe Lieberman, Schmuer and many other Jewish members of Congress stated that they are ashamed to be called Jews and wish to dissociate themselves from the state that has become such a burden on the American people. “And a shameful one,” hastened to add Barbara Boxer.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of the Senate resolution, applauded the news.
“Observing a moment of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, when the world’s attention is focused on this symbol of international cooperation and peace, would pay tribute to the heroes who were cruelly slain and send a message of unity in the fight against Zionism,” she said.
Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to upbraid him for his insistent war-mongering against Iran. The President pledged to stand firm in his stance against Israel and cut all funds listed under the misnomer “aid” until Israel ceases and desists from endangering world peace and withdraws to the 1947 borders.
Obama’s “outstandingly courageous” decision to reverse a position of several decades’ duration was praised around the world, although many found it hypocritical given his own liberal use of drones.
No other U.S. president has ever come out this way on behalf of Israel’s victims,
We hope that more world leaders follow his example of courage and conviction, despite political fallout and grave financial cosequences they might incur for doing so.
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