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A Missive to America from Jenin

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Imagine your city without a police force.

Imagine that the police stations are rubble, having been bombed out months ago.

Imagine that every city in our nation is in this situation.

Would you feel secure? Would you be able to band together as a society to keep yourselves safe from within and from without?

Imagine your roads are never repaired, ever.

Imagine that when a few civic-minded broad-shouldered citizens take up shovels to fix the road, they are arrested and tortured and imprisoned without charge.

Imagine that when someone in your city commits a crime in this police-less place, everyone in your city, and that means you, is put under house arrest.

Imagine further that this extends to terrorizing people without any pretext for doing so, with a terror action that is fatal to one of your neighbors – a doctor in an ambulance, a teacher returning home from school, a child writing on the blackboard.*

Think for a moment of a crime you have heard of in your city.

Is there a particular doctor you would like to have killed in retaliation? A teacher you would like to have eliminated? A child you would like to have snuffed out?

Yes? Then come and support the Occupation of Palestinian lands.

No? Then why are you supporting such a blood-drenched system of societal torture?

We have the privilege of taxation WITH representation.

Every word that you fail to utter about the evil of the Israeli Occupation supports this daily, annual, decade-crossing monstrosity of Occupation which is swallowing up the structure of civilized networks, and writhing from the pangs of digesting its own poison.

Imagine representing your disagreement with this use of your tax dollars.

Start with the White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111 [9 to 5 EST].

Sincerely,

ANNIE HIGGINS, US Citizen

*Cf. Dr. Khalil Sulayman of Jenin, Jenin teacher Bassam Musa’id , Jenin schoolgirl Riham Ward.

Annie C. Higgins specializes in Arabic and Islamic studies, and is currently doing research in Jenin, Occupied Palestine. She can be reached at: higgins@counterpunch.org

 

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