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VIEQUES SUPPORT CAMPAIGN SALUTES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
(A History)


The Vieques Support Campaign salutes African Americans and all peoples of 
African origin during Black History Month. February is Black History Month, 
a time for all to acknowledge the numerous sacrifices African peoples have 
made in their many struggles against racism in the United States and 
colonial oppression on the African continent as well as in other 
African-inhabited lands of the world. And because Africa contributed 
significantly to the development of the Puerto Rican nation, Black History 
Month has everything of relevance to the history and struggles of our 
people.

The history of African people in general and African Americans, in 
particular, is a history of struggle against the cruelest oppression ever 
perpetrated. Mainstream historians have yet to mention the depths of human 
suffering and countless deaths that generated the unimaginable wealth 
enjoyed solely by a few powerful and privileged families today.

The rapid pace of capitalist economic development that occurred in the 
period following the institutionalization of chattel slavery, would have 
been impossible without this barbaric system. And so, the outright robbery 
of Africa’s human and natural wealth, serving to accelerate this economic 
system in Europe and North America, required an ideological explanation to 
justify this historically evident criminal act.

And because the system of slavery was pronounced with official legitimacy, 
it gave birth to institutionalized racism, aimed at a specific race of 
people.

Eventually, the consequence of this racist degradation was systematically 
extended to all peoples of color in the U.S. and ultimately around the 
world, thus reinforcing the rise of White supremacy as an ideology. This is 
why anti-Black racism is unlike any other; it is the most intense and deeply 
rooted in the general contemporary culture, affecting us all.

The Roman Catholic Church and other European-based religions aided this 
process. They assisted the system of slavery by providing a religiously 
mystified component to the ideological justification for that vile 
institution. The usual logic used by the Church was that the enslavement of 
Africans would allow for the "Christianizing" of "savages" in order to 
"save" their souls. Nothing else could have been more suitable for nurturing 
and legitimizing the development of racism.

Every dollar representing the wealth of the super-rich today is stained with 
the blood of African people. Nothing can justify more clearly the 
increasingly popular demand for reparations than the fact that the 
accumulation of capital, ending up in the hands of the leading giant 
corporations of today, was initially obtained from enslaved labor.

Equally important and indisputably deserved along with reparations, is 
recognition of the great contributions and roles played by African Americans 
in the social, cultural and political progress that occurred in certain 
periods throughout U.S. history. One can never deny that these events have 
been emboldened by their continued struggle for complete liberation.

Part and parcel of the extreme cruelty African Americans experienced is 
deprivation of such recognition. Denial or belittlement of their significant 
history has served to perpetuate racist stigmatization and slanderous 
notions by today’s exploiters of Black labor and by those who advocate 
greater police control and terror in the African American community. 
Needless to say, such would also promote imperialism’s continued political 
dominance of the African continent and the plunder of its enormous wealth.

On the occasion of Black History Month we celebrate the history of the Black 
liberation struggle. We pay homage to a people whose traditions are based on 
fighting oppression since the inception of modern-day society. From slave 
rebellions, anti-lynching, labor and civil rights struggles, to present-day 
anti-racist and other social conflicts, African Americans have inspired, 
with valor & determination, every struggle against oppression in this 
country. In many cases, they have been exemplary, setting the standards for 
anti-racist struggles of other peoples of color. This legacy is something we 
value not just one month of the year, but everyday as we strive for 
liberation.

Puerto Rico & African Chattel Slavery

Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the shores of the Western Hemisphere marked 
a turning point in world history that paved the way for the socioeconomic 
character of society today. On his return to Spain in January 1493, 
Columbus’ ships came upon the coast of Puerto Rico. Shortly after, a 
horrifying period began for the indigenous Taino people.

The Tainos were enslaved. They were forced to work along the rivers and 
mines in search of gold, the Spaniards’ principal quest during their initial 
years of conquest. The brutality inflicted on the Tainos included mutilation 
whenever the amount of gold obtained from the land was not enough to satisfy 
the overseeing Spanish conquistadors.

But the Tainos gallantly fought back. Taino leader Agueybana managed to 
organize an alliance among the Caribs, Arawaks and Tainos in order to repel 
the invaders. In the year 1511, the Tainos launched a war that is still 
recalled to this day. In the San Juan area and along the northern coast, the 
Tainos attacked Spanish settlements, burning their ships, destroying their 
homes and causing numerous casualties.

But the victorious momentum in the war was short-lived. Spain viciously 
retaliated, sending large numbers of reinforcements and heavy armaments in 
order to suppress the rebellion and safeguard its dominance in Puerto Rico. 
The native inhabitants were mercilessly hunted down throughout the country 
and killed like animals. After years of resistance, the Tainos were 
virtually exterminated. Many who survived escaped to other islands in the 
Caribbean and to the central mountainous region.

In the years that followed, the Spaniards needed slave labor from elsewhere, 
and thus the infamous African slave trade was established. Millions of 
African people were kidnapped, chained, forcibly herded onto ships and 
brought to the Western Hemisphere. The islands of Cuba, Hispañola (Haiti & 
Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico became key strategic outposts in the 
Caribbean for the lucrative business of human suffering from which the 
European powers and early slave-owning U.S. rulers solely benefited.

But what Spain thought would be a smoothly operating system, resulted in 
being the opposite. Madrid soon discovered how the slave system would 
unavoidably cause rebellion, thus challenging Spanish colonial rule in the 
Americas. In the year 1527, one hundred & seven years before the Pilgrims 
invaded Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, African slaves furiously rebelled for 
the first time against their captors in Puerto Rico, killing many well-armed 
Spanish soldiers.

The longer the system of slavery existed, the more frequently rebellions 
occurred. The potential for uprisings tended to threaten the slave owners 
and the colonial government, thus, causing a sense of uncertainty among 
them. By 1784, the hated branding iron, used for marking ownership on human 
flesh was discontinued in Puerto Rico, but only because the African captives 
rebelled and forced the slave owners to cease this practice.

The uprisings continued throughout the 1500’s, 1600’s, 1700’s and 1800’s. 
The atmosphere for rebellions was so intense by the early 1800’s, and being 
that the African population outnumbered the Spanish overwhelmingly, that 
they compelled the colonial authorities to regulate the number of slaves 
brought to Puerto Rico. And because the 1804 slave rebellion in Haiti 
succeeded in establishing an independent republic of African people, and 
inspired revolts elsewhere, it added to the anxieties of the Spanish 
slave-owning ruling class.

Equally inspiring was the victory of the revolutionary war for independence 
on the South American continent, under the leadership of Simon Bolivar. His 
army was mainly comprised of former African slaves and Indigenous people.

Slave resistance intensified in Puerto Rico and became an acute problem for 
those who benefited from this system, especially in the final century of its 
existence. The most notably recorded of these plantation rebellions occurred 
in the years 1820, 1821, 1822, 1828, 1835, 1838, and 1867.

When these rebellions were crushed, many Africans escaped to safety in the 
mountainous region, where they joined the surviving Tainos. This was an area 
that the Spaniards were reluctant to approach since they feared being 
ambushed by their former captives.

In these mountains the Tainos and Africans learned to survive together and 
to defend themselves to prevent re-enslavement. The two cultures interacted, 
the people intermarried and mixed. Over the centuries they became known as 
"Jibaros" (meaning, people who escape to be free), a word of pride 
traditionally used to describe the mountain people of Puerto Rico. To the 
many that remained in bondage, the "Jibaros" were an inspiration and beacon 
of hope for their dream of being free. From the "Jibaro" culture evolved a 
variety of customary foods and musical instruments that are now intricately 
part of modern-day Puerto Rican culture.

New colonial laws were enacted forbidding the playing of a musical drumbeat 
known as "Bomba," a melody developed by the African slaves in Puerto Rico. 
They were forbidden to play this musical form because the Spaniards later 
discovered that "Bomba" contained coded messages that called for rebellion. 
This drumbeat was so captivating that its consequences were perceived as 
threatening by the Spanish authority. Colonial rulers were so fearful that 
they discouraged this musical form even after the abolition of slavery in 
the year 1877.

At the service of Spanish colonialism, the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic 
Church also attempted to discourage the popularity of this 
rebellion-oriented art form, by portraying "Bomba" musicians with racist and 
demonic-like depictions.

After the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico, the new colonizers, concerned with 
measuring the rebelliousness of the masses, also attempted to discourage the 
popularity of "Bomba" music as part of their campaign to eradicate the 
significant features of the national identity. Washington officials sought 
to destroy the peoples’ self-identity to justify the U.S. military 
occupation.

Today, this beautiful musical form has become one of the principal 
expressions of Puerto Rican folklore; it is cherished and enjoyed in 
traditional celebrations, demonstrating how the culture of any oppressed 
people develops under historical circumstances of struggle for survival and 
to achieve freedom.

Nationhood, Independence & El Grito De Lares

The most famous and widely acknowledged event in Puerto Rican history is "El 
Grito de Lares" (the Cry of Lares), an uprising in the city of Lares, in 
1868, aimed at expelling Spanish colonialism and abolishing chattel slavery 
in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican people rose to the occasion and affirmed 
their existence as a defined and distinct nation.

For many years, the revolt was envisioned by the intellectuals, but 
desperately anticipated by the most oppressed and downtrodden layers of 
Puerto Rican society.

Revolutionary committees were formed in many populated areas of the country. 
These committees worked to instill the idea of revolution among the 
populace, including, and with the most careful and secretive methods, those 
that suffered firsthand from the rule of slavery.

Some of these revolutionaries met secretly in New York City with Cuban 
freedom fighters to form the Society for the Independence of Cuba & Puerto 
Rico and plan for insurrections in both countries. They were undoubtedly 
influenced by the outcome of the Civil War in the U.S., when chattel slavery 
was finally abolished with the overthrow of the Confederacy in the southern 
states.

The principal leader of the movement was Dr. Ramon Emeterió Betances, a 
Mulatto (part African, part European) whose legacy earned him the title, 
"Father of Puerto Rico." Betances was a staunch abolitionist who believed 
that the struggle for political independence was inseparably linked to the 
struggle for the abolition of slavery. Betances uncompromisingly expounded 
the idea that the institution of slavery further enhanced the oppression of 
other sectors of the population.

The most oppressed section of the population outside of chattel slavery was 
the impoverished day laborers (indentured servants and wage workers) who 
toiled in the cities and seaports, most of whom were Black and Mulatto. 
Their reality was hardly different from that of the slaves; day laborers 
were subjected to many kinds of abuses, including curfews and were required 
to carry "libretas" (notebooks) issued by the colonial government containing 
vital personal information, reports of their work schedule and performance, 
moral conduct, and so on.

The consequence for the failure to produce the "libretas" on demand by 
authorities for inspection was usually some harsh punishment. The "libreta" 
system was just as widely despised as chattel slavery. This practice for 
controlling populations, which originated from Spanish colonialism in Cuba 
and Puerto Rico, was adopted later in history by fascist Germany and South 
Africa’s Apartheid government.

Although the revolutionaries made careful planning for a revolt, they were 
confronted with a major setback. Betances and others were arrested while en 
route to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic, on a ship loaded with 
cannons and muskets. News of the arrests reached the insurgents, so they 
immediately decided to launch the long-anticipated battle ahead of schedule.

The revolutionaries gathered their forces in the nearby mountains and in the 
early morning hours of September 23, 1868, hundreds of freedom fighters 
armed with machetes, spears and muskets attacked the Spanish garrison in the 
city of Lares. Most of the insurgents were former African slaves, many of 
whom had long ago escaped into the mountains. Other former slave combatants 
were those who were granted their freedom by native-born slave owners that 
now found it beneficial and necessary to yield to the abolitionist cause, in 
the interest of the struggle for independence.

As the patriots stormed the perimeter of the city on foot and horses, the 
day laborers stopped working and prepared to join the fight using their work 
tools as weapons. The sounds of gunshots served as a signal for the slaves 
to rebel. The determined African captives used the chains that bound them as 
weapons to kill their overseers and be able to participate in the battle for 
the seizure of Lares. The actions of these slaves willfully expressed their 
justified hatred towards the system that long abused and brutalized them.

After the battle, everyone gathered joyfully in the town plaza celebrating 
the victorious moment. Colonial officials were immediately arrested and 
disarmed before they were displayed for public view as tokens of military 
triumph. The Spanish flag, the hated symbol of century-long tyranny, was 
pulled down from a pole on top of the municipal building and then burned. In 
its place, the Puerto Rican flag (the version at the time) was raised as 
people jubilantly raised their weapons and shouted for the first time, "Que 
Viva Puerto Rico Libre!"

Although the victory of this heroic effort was short-lived, as the Spanish 
used overwhelming military force to brutally suppress the revolt and retake 
the city, the example of "El Grito De Lares" has continued to inspire many 
generations of Puerto Ricans. This episode was more than just an event. The 
memory of Lares has become deeply entrenched in Puerto Rican tradition. The 
lessons drawn from this experience are many, but above all, it demonstrated 
that no matter how powerful tyrants may appear, there is nothing that could 
prevent the awakening of a peoples’ yearning for freedom and their will to 
fight for it.

Pedro Albizu Campos

Half a century later, the militant spirit of the Puerto Rican people 
remained very much alive. New conditions in the world existed as the United 
States and the most developed European countries grew to become imperialist 
powers, plundering every region on the planet. But the peoples’ wish to rid 
their homelands of tyranny continued to be expressed in Puerto Rico and 
everywhere else in the world.

Such was the case in 1925 when the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico held a 
public meeting in the city of San Juan. Repressive colonial laws required 
the display of the U.S. flag at all public events; so, the handrails of the 
speakers’ platform were decorated with small U.S. flags. Once the last 
speaker stepped down from the podium, a young, dark complexioned man, a 
Mulatto, the son of an African woman, made a dramatic entry into the Puerto 
Rican liberation struggle that earned him everlasting admiration and 
respect.

Before speaking and without any concern for the legal consequences, he 
calmly removed the U.S. flags. He then turned his face to the astonished 
crowd. With a strong and determined tone of voice he began his remarks by 
saying, "the U.S. flag has no place at a Puerto Rican meeting" because it 
was "a symbol that represented tyranny and plunder in Puerto Rico." The name 
of this daring young person of conviction was Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos.

Campos was just a child, seven years of age when the U.S. invaded and 
colonized Puerto Rico in 1898. He lived with his family in Ponce, where U.S. 
Navy warships entered the city’s bay area threatening to fire its heavy guns 
if the people did not surrender. The trauma this event caused to his family 
and all the residents of Ponce is a memory that remained with him throughout 
his life.

Campos was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard University, with 
honors. It was there that he became politicized through his activities 
supporting Irish independence. He was influenced tremendously by the Irish 
Republican movement and India’s struggle for independence from British rule.

Campos’ travels in the U.S. during his youth, at a time the Marcus Garvey 
movement had an extensive impact, allowed him to also develop an 
understanding of oppression in the United States. In particular, he was able 
to see for himself and to feel the effects of racist Jim Crow laws enacted 
to discriminate against Black people.

Campos’ ability to apply the lessons of these struggles to the colonial 
situation in Puerto Rico, determined as well as defined the person he would 
become throughout his life.

For the next four decades, Campos’ leadership in the liberation struggle 
reaffirmed and added to the centuries-long, militant traditions of the 
Puerto Rican masses. He fearlessly advocated that the people had a solemn 
right to use force if necessary in their struggle for liberation. The 
Nationalist Party did not only speak about this right but actually 
implemented it, most notably, during the 1950 Jayuya uprising that shook the 
imagination of U.S. rulers.

Washington officials viewed Campos with extreme contempt. For the duration 
of Campos’ life, he was viciously persecuted, repeatedly imprisoned, during 
which time he was tortured with radioactive techniques. The ailments that 
resulted from the abuse inflicted on him eventually caused his death in 
1965.


African American - Puerto Rican Solidarity


There are numerous examples that show African Americans instinctively 
expressing their solidarity for the struggles of other oppressed people. It 
is not difficult to find how this admirable quality was demonstrated to 
Puerto Ricans during the last century of their oppression under U.S. rule. 
When it became apparent that the U.S. was heading to war with Spain in 1898, 
which led to the Philippines, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico being invaded, many 
African Americans like W.E.B. DuBois, were among the most outspoken and 
militant fighters in the great anti-imperialist movement of that period.

Many progressives in the United States were sympathetic with Puerto Rico's 
right to independence. Among the voices of protest was noted African 
American artist and Communist Paul Robeson. In his many travels, Robeson 
used the occasion to reveal to the world the cruelty the U.S. practiced in 
Puerto Rico and the unjust imprisonment of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos.

By the 1950s, giant American corporations had tightened their economic grip 
on Puerto Rico so severely that half the Puerto Rican nation migrated to the 
northeastern part of the United States. Between 1947 and into the 1960’s the 
migration rate was 63,000 per year. They came only to find new circumstances 
of colonial oppression, but also, new circumstances for struggle.

Puerto Ricans gravitated to African Americans but it was because the newly 
arrived immigrants, from necessity, were influenced by the African American 
struggles. These affinities were based on social commonalities like 
unemployment, extreme poverty, poor housing, a deteriorating education 
system, inadequate healthcare services, racist discrimination, police 
brutality and incarceration in the same prisons.

They began working together to fight for community control of public 
schools, affirmative action, ethnic studies and the right to form labor 
unions. The interaction between the two oppressed groups had cultural 
influences on each other and increased the politicization of their 
communities. In the 1960s there were many examples of the Puerto Rican flag 
being raised as a symbol of defiance in community struggles, very often 
accompanied by the Black liberation flag, and visa-a-versa.

The Nation of Islam was the first organization from the African American 
community to aggressively politicize and recruit Puerto Ricans. In speeches 
at public rallies in New York City, African Americans like Malcolm X, began 
addressing the plight of the Puerto Rican masses in common.

The rise of the Black Panther Party in 1966 represented a new hope for 
millions of African Americans. The Panthers were revolutionary 
internationalists; they recognized the need to build a multinational 
movement against oppression. In Chicago, Panther leader Fred Hampton became 
quite familiar with the plight of the Puerto Rican community and began 
working to politicize a street youth group called the Young Lords.

The Black Panther Party succeeded in helping the Young Lords transform into 
a revolutionary political organization, which eventually branched-out to 
cities with large Puerto Rican communities. The alliance between Black 
Panthers and Young Lords represented a special chapter in the history of 
Black & Latino solidarity, in particular, and among all victimized people, 
in general. The unity expressed in that experience not only recalled the 
centuries-long mutual desire for freedom, it revealed to many for the first 
time the potential for success that lie ahead in our common quest for 
liberation.

No matter if the struggle is to get the U.S. Navy out of Vieques, Puerto 
Rico or stopping police brutality from Birmingham to Harlem, our struggles 
are fundamentally seeking the same goal. Black and Puerto Rican people may 
now share a common plight, but our ability to share a dream and 
determination to struggle for liberation, will eventually prove that we also 
share a common destiny in a world of dignity and respect for humanity.

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Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 4:24 PM
Subject: Muslim International -- The Palestine Solution

The Palestine Solution

By M. Amir Ali 

Muslims have been the best friends of the Jews between the years 638 and 1917 C.E. Judaism's Golden Age was Muslim Spain and Silver Age was Muslim Persia. However, with the rise of Zionism in 1897 relationships between Muslims and Jews began to sour, and with the Balfour Declaration of 1917 the battle plans of the Zionists were in place. Muslims and Arabs share no responsibility for the beginning of this hostility against them and the beginning of terrorism in Palestine by the Zionist terrorists. 

What is Zionism? 

Let us see what the founders of Zionism have to say about their designs.

"From the Brooks of Egypt to the Euphrates." 
Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism in his diaries Vol. II, P. 711, 1904. 

"A partial Jewish State is not the end, but only the beginning, I am certain that we can not be prevented from settling in the other parts of the country and region."
David Ben Gurion in a letter to his son, 1937. 

"Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries - all of them. Not one village, not one tribe should be left."
Joseph Weitz, the head of Jewish Agency's Colonization Department, which was responsible for the actual organization of settlements in Palestine, 1940. 

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."
The Koenig Report 

"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." 
Heilbrun, the Chairman of the committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv 

"The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria and Lebanon." 
Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, in his testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry, 1947 

"I don't know something called International Principles. I vow that I'll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian child’s existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I've killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian women is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do." 
Ariel Sharon, current Prime Minister, In an interview with General Ouze Merham, 1956 

"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters." 
Uri Lubrani, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion’s special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960 

"Jordan is a part from Eretz Israel in history."
Ariel Sharon, when he became the Prime minister, 2000 

Then they (Avin Shapiro and his 12 Jewish gangsters on Hwy 60 near Hebron) waited for a vehicle to arrive. As they crouched in a ditch beside the road, Shapiro, the leader of the group, gave the settlers orders: Surround any taxi, ''open fire'' and kill as many of the ''blood-sucking Arab'' passengers as possible. ''We are doing what (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel)
Sharon promised but has failed to do: drive these sons of Arab whores from the Land of Israel,'' said Shapiro, 42, who moved here with his wife and four children 3 years ago from Brooklyn. ''If he (Ariel Sharon) won't get rid of the Muslim filth, then we will.'' ……. Nearby (Hebron), Nafez Bani Jaber, 45, was burying all 123 of his sheep. He says they were poisoned last week after 10 Jewish extremists chased him off his fields. Israeli police say they have found needles
dipped in poison that they believe the settlers used on the sheep. Police say poison also was dumped down a nearby well that Palestinians use. ''First they poisoned the sheep. Next will be the children,'' Jaber says. ''These are war crimes.'' Often, the violence directed at the Palestinians is aimed at their Muslim faith. Settlers have spray painted graffiti reading
''Mohammed is a homosexual,'' referring to the Islamic prophet, and painted Jewish Stars of David on the walls of the local Arab market. They also have surrounded Muslim women and tried to rip off their Islamic headscarves and body veils, human rights groups say. Samar Abdul-Shafti, 36, a Palestinian mother of two, was photographed last month trying to escape
several settlers who were beating her as they tried to remove her headscarf. It has happened two other times since then, she says, revealing bruises on her arms, legs and forehead. ''The Jews are trying to do to us what was done to them during the Holocaust,'' Shafti says. ''They must not be allowed to drive us from our homes. Someone must help.'' 
Jack Kelly in USA TODAY at http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010904/3599125s.htm

Muslim Response

The freedom of Palestine from the clutches of foreign occupation is not an easy task, especially when we find that the only Super Power of the world, the U.S., is in unconditional support of the occupation forces. The other major powers of the world are also supporting the occupation forces in Palestine but with some loose conditions which may not be acceptable to the
natives of Palestine. A successful strategy for the freedom of Palestine must take into account the causes of support of the occupation forces. A complete and detailed analysis of history and the present is essential before we can develop a comprehensive solution to the problem. This author would like to present his analysis of the situation and suggest a solution to the problem.

Every complicated problem has many components and each component has its own solution. If we divide a problem into its components and solve each component separately, we come up with a comprehensive solution to a complex problem. Palestine, a simple problem of dislocation of the natives by the foreign occupation forces has been turned into a complex
problem by Islam-hating and Arab-hating world forces, and sometimes by unwise strategies of the natives in solving the problem. Palestine should not be seen as a problem of the natives of Palestine but that of humankind in the struggle to establish justice, equity and human rights, especially for the Muslim world, for this land has been declared to be the holy land in the
Qur'an 5:21.

The Problem 

Israel was built upon the land and homes of the Palestinian natives who were exiled through terrorism, murder and plunder. Israel continues to survive under the same conditions it was created; Israel is a colonial power. Israel was established with the mighty European and American guns, intelligence and guidance. Palestine is a Muslim-Arab land under the occupation of a European-American colonial power. The problem is devising a strategy to free this land and its people from the clutches of a mighty European-American colonial power. The Palestine problem has three main components: political, economic, and religious. 

Politically, the Zionists have duped the world into supporting Israel as a just cause for the oppressed people, meaning the Jews, of the world. The Zionists have successfully been able to fool the world by showing themselves as the oppressed good guys and the natives of Palestine as the oppressive bad guys. The Muslim world has to change this mis-perception and show
the truth to the world. During the early period of Zionism the world was told the lie that the Jews were a people without a land and Palestine was a land without a people. The Balfour Declaration was perhaps the result of this hoax. The Jews of Europe were offered Uganda, Madagascar and other lands but the Zionists insisted upon Palestine because it was a land "without any people". This historical lie must be exposed to the world, thereby removing the pretext for the foundation of Israel. Besides, the Jews were not an oppressed people nor a people without land. In fact, the Jews at the turn of 20th century have been people
with immense economic and political power in the Americas and Europe except for a brief period under Nazism. Once the Nazis were defeated and destroyed the problem for the Jews and other oppressed people in Europe was resolved and the question of a Jewish home was redundant. 

The other political lie is that Israel is an island of democracy and freedom in the ocean of Arab tyranny and dictatorship. Only recently the world is becoming aware of Israeli "excesses" in search of its "security". Israeli "excesses" are excused due to concerns for its "security". The Security of Israel is deemed more important than the security of the Americans, whereas the
security of Palestinians is as important as the security of snakes and scorpions in the eyes of American politicians. The world must be told that the foundation of Israel is racism and religious intolerance. Israel is a multi-layered segregated society which is rooted in class, race and religion. Arabs and Muslims especially are kept in ghettos established behind barbed wires,
watchtowers, checkpoints and military surveillance. Israel is an imperialist colonial power and Arabs are its subjects to be ruled, misruled, exploited, persecuted, plundered and murdered. 

Israel is given the most modern military equipment so that it remains a Super Power of the Middle East, and all Arabs states are being rendered subservient to the Israelis. Even American foreign policy towards Arab and Muslim-majority countries has been  made a slave to Israeli wishes. It is becoming increasingly apparent that American foreign policy is made in Israel. One piece of evidence is that American immigration visas are offered in plenty to the Palestinians so that there is a population shift in favor of Israel. This population shift policy is very shrewd and care is taken that no western country receives too many Palestinians who could become a political force with which to reckon. Efforts are going on to distribute Palestinians all over the world so that they can melt away in the culture of their host countries and do not become a political voice in favor of Palestine. To enforce such a policy many European countries are offering immigrant visas to the Palestinian educated elite. The genesis of this "solution" is in the paganism of nationalism. The West fails to see Palestinians as a part of the Muslim Ummah and shifting the population will never resolve the problem. 

In terms of the region, there are only four million Jews in the middle of 200 million Arabs in the Middle East. In the worldwide population there are under fifteen million Jews and over 1.2 billion Muslims. The shortsightedness of the West is in not seeing the proportion of the population of the Jews vs. the populations of the Arabs and the Muslims. The West desires to suppress the problem by the brute military and economic force granted to the Israelis. One example is that amendments to the immigration laws adopted by the Clinton-Gore administration in 1996 was according to the dictates of the Israelis. This law has at least two anti-Muslim components. These are (a) Secret Evidence Law to arrest, harass, imprison and deport those Muslims who enter the U.S. and that the Israelis identify of being suspects of "terrorism", and (b) to stop the growth of the Muslim population in the U.S. by selectively denying visas to them; here an exception is made for those Palestinians living in Palestine.
Profiling at the airports is another law designed to harass the Muslims whether they are U.S. citizens or not. In addition, there are plans in-waiting for turning these policies into laws and establishing regulation for the internment of the Muslim leadership in the U.S. on mere suspicion of "wrong doing" in the eyes of the Israelis. In effect, the U.S. government has submitted itself in
servitude to Zionist desires, without consulting the American people through polls or referenda after an exhaustive and honest discussion of the issue in the media. Bush deceived the Muslims when he pledged to remove or weaken the Secret Evidence Law; instead he made it even worse which may be in conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

The Oslo Peace Accord was a sham. The goal of this accord was to start a civil war among the Palestinians, with Yasser Arafat acting as an oppressor bully for Israel and the U.S., killing all Islamists and freedom lovers who would resist slavery. Yasser Arafat and the PLO read the fine print and did not submit to the wishes of the colonial powers. These colonial powers
have not given up yet and they continue to instigate civil war, which they are now demanding openly.

Economically, Israel is a socialist country for the Jews and an imperial power for the Arabs. The distribution of wealth is extremely unequal. The bulk of the wealth and economic power is in the hands of Ashkenazi (European) Jews, after which is the next lower class, the Sephardic (darker complexion) Jews, after which is the black (African and American) Jews and then
the share in the wealth stops. The Arabs receive only crumbs. There is a systematic effort to deny education and economic opportunities to Arabs and render them into a mean and lowly labor class like the untouchables of India. Arab farms, businesses, backyard groves and crops are destroyed systematically, their schools and colleges are closed, electricity, water
and sewer systems are always inadequate, and their homes are frequently razed under the false pretext of security. These are efforts to render Arabs a dalit-class (new term for the untouchables), like Indians.

American economic aid to Israel goes to the Jews and not a single penny is filtered down to the Arabs. Israelis receive over $1,500 dollars annually for every Jewish man, woman and child, free of taxes, at the expense of the American poor. How would the American people like to receive a gift of $1,500 from Uncle Sam annually for every adult and child in the family?
Why doesn't the U.S. government pay $1,500 for each adult and child of the poorest five million families in the U.S.? Over six billion dollars annually are squandered by American politicians; it is money that could have helped millions of the poor in the
U.S. Israel is the only country in the world that receives American tax-deductible donations for political purposes. It is noteworthy that American donations for the welfare and education of Palestinians are illegal under the false pretext of terrorism.
American aid to Israel per capita as well as in absolute figures is the highest in the world. No other country in the world receives as much American tax-free dollars as Israel.

In terms of religion, Islam is being defamed systematically in support of Judaism. American people are ignorant of Islam and the enemies of Islam are defining Islam, which is presented to the ignorant 99% of the American population. Islam is defamed
and Muslims are demonized. After decades of persistent efforts by the enemies of Islam, the term Islam has become synonymous with terrorism and Muslim is a synonym for evil. Thanks are due to George Bush for making declarations to decouple Islam from terrorism and Muslim from evil, yet he is shamelessly fighting against Islam and Muslims. While all of this is
going on, the Muslims of America have become indifferent, complacent and are acting like ostriches. Only Muslim Americans have the duty of removing ignorance through the education of America. Muslim Americans must have vision, which should be translated into plans and projects for implementation. Whatever money and manpower it takes to complete such plans and projects is cheap compared to the price the Muslims of the world are paying now. The discrimination of American Muslims is a small problem compared to the sufferings of Palestinians, Kashmiris, Chechens, Kosovars, Bosnians, Sudanese, Afghanis,
Iraqis and rest of the Muslim world. 

The anti-Islam campaign on religious grounds is being escalated by Secular Fundamentalists, Christian Fundamentalists, the Zionists and Hindu Fundamentalists. These campaigns are joined by the millions of ignorant people due to the vacuum of support of Islam. I have written on this topic and my articles are available. A book under the title: ISLAMOPHOBIA IN
AMERICA, A MODERN PANDEMIC, by this writer, is under preparation as of January 2002.

The Solution 

The real solution for Palestine is not in Palestine, not in Israel, but in the United States, particularly in the hands of Muslims living
in America. All Palestinians living in their country can do is to resist enslavement and to never surrender their right of freedom
and keep their struggle alive at any cost to their lives, property, educational opportunities, economy and every other way.
Palestinians should never submit to the will of imperialist powers, whether it is Israel, U.S. or anti-Islam Turkey. Muslims in
America must work hard to change public opinion in America from anti-Islam, anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian to understanding,
knowing the truth and supporting justice. Only a change in public opinion will force American politicians to change their policies
in support of justice and the rights of Palestinians. This shift is possible within ten years, provided the Muslims of America can
pool their resources and make a concerted effort. The 9-11 incident has raised a lot of interest in Islam and the Muslims of
America should not lose the opportunity of reaching out to the American people. 

Cutting the Supply Line: In a war situation, a successful general defending his land finds the supply line of the invading armies
and cuts it. In Palestine, it is the invading army that has cut supply lines of the natives from all sides and they are living under
siege. Muslims have a war situation in Palestine. We find that the invading army is infinitely superior to the natives in terms of
technology, heavy war equipment, economy and all necessary resources. The origin of their supply line is the U.S., which
Muslim Americans can cut within ten years. In addition, occupation forces in Palestine control the media in the West which
gives them the power of excellent public relations and publicity, thereby molding world public opinion in their favor. However,
Muslims live in the belly of the U.S. and have the power of reaching out to the population directly and changing the public
opinion through their own teach-in process. Anti-Vietnam war activists turned public opinion enough to bring the war to a
close. The Muslim leadership must study anti-Vietnam war activities and use all those strategies, which were legal and conform
to Islamic teachings. Muslim Americans are allies of the natives of Palestine and we have a duty to help. American Muslims
have the power to put a squeeze on the supply line to Israel so much so that in time it is cut off, thus bringing the war and
occupation to an end. The truth is powerful and as people get the message they will begin to embrace the truth and we can
effectively shrink support for Israel until it begins to show in the elections. It would be a multi-level campaign involving people,
media, politicians, businesses, the entertainment industry and academics. 

Each of the three components of the problem, political, economic and religious, and all their sub-components, must be solved
separately by specialized teams. This work would certainly involve a number of professional specialists and a large number of
volunteers to do the main leg-work. The main goal is to educate the masses of the West and reduce political, economic and
military support for Israelis by the respective governments of Europe and America under the pressure of the voters.

Political Solution. The political solution is composed of five parts: 

(a) Historical and geographical truths must be established and the fraud of the Israelis, the western governments and the media
should be exposed to the population of the West. This would reduce the support for Israel in the respective voting population
including the U.S. 

(b) The myth created by the Zionists and their supporters that Israel is an island of democracy has to be exposed. It must be
established in the minds of the people of the West that Israel is a brute, oppressive and racist colonial power and that the days
of colonialism are over for good. Furthermore, we have to establish the fact and take it to every voter's home that the
Clinton-Gore peace initiative was a fraud and was nothing more than the legitimization of Israeli imperialism over the
Palestinians through pacts. The failure of the Clinton-Gore peace initiative is a blessing for the world and was a rejection of the
imperialism and hegemony of Israel. 

(c) The population of the West must be made aware of the strategic value of the Arabs and Muslims and that removing the
Israeli thorn from the body of the Muslims is in the best interests of the West and the world peace. As long as the West
supports Israeli imperialism in the Middle East, the West, including the U.S., will remain in an adversarial relationship with the
Muslim world, not just the Arab world. 

(d) The military assistance given to Israel is most hazardous for the peace of the world and is more hazardous to the West than
the rest of the world. The U.S. has made Israel arrogant through its military aid and Israel is not willing to make peace with the
Palestinians. The source of the problem of Israel is the U.S. in particular and the West in general. We have to bring this point
home to every American voter. The misperception created by the Clinton-Gore administration in collusion with the media that
Arafat and the Palestinians are responsible for the absence of peace is false. On August 6, 2001 the Charlie Rose Show on
PBS had two Zionists under the guise of American envoys to Israel and the Middle East and Rashid Khalidi of the University of
Chicago discussing Palestine-Israeli issues. It was ironic to see three Zionists talking to a Muslim professor and all three acting
like neutral peace seekers. In fact, all three were propagating the Israeli point of view and Rashid Khalidi alone was making
some sense. This kind of false propaganda is found all over America. The mind set in America is that the Israelis are not
capable of doing anything wrong whereas the Palestinians are not capable of doing anything right. Muslim Americans have the
responsibility of changing this mindset. 

(e) There is a political move of shifting the population of Palestine in favor of Israel. The plan is to bring more Jews into Israel
and move Palestinians out. The first stage is to harass, persecute and kill Palestinians so that their lives in Palestine become
unbearable and they begin to think of moving out. The second stage is to buy their educated and professionals' migration to the
West. In the Third World everyone wants to migrate to the West, particularly to the U.S. Whereas visas to the West are
extremely difficult for the Muslims to obtain, such visas are being offered with perks to the Palestinian elite. The hope is that all
Palestinians with education, means and leadership qualities will move out. The third stage is the mass murders of Palestinian
activists and the elimination of the resistance to slavery under Israeli occupation. Palestinian leadership is targeted for murder
and total elimination, leaving alive only the traitors. The poor, uneducated and meek who remain behind will do menial labor
jobs for the Israelis and will receive pittance in compensation, thereby creating a permanent fourth class of Dalit in Israel as
mentioned above. Finally, when all resistance has been killed, the Zionists will occupy Haram Shareef, destroy Masjid al-Aqsa
and the Dome of the Rock and build a Jewish temple as the center of the Jewish world, which is under fifteen million people
and declining. Muslim Americans have a duty to expose these plans and recruit supporters in the American population against
the implementation of these criminal projects which are being pursued in collusion with the American politicians, the media,
Hindu Fundamentalists and Fundamentalist Christians.

Economic Solution. The economic solution has four components: 

(a) The West should know that Israel is a socialist country for the Jews and an imperialist power for the Arabs, whether they
are Christians, Muslims, or Arabs who have no religious preference. Arabs have no share in the economy of Israel whether
they are technically citizens of Israel or Palestinians. Israel has a Hindu style four-class society and each class has a share
according to their class. In this four-class society Arabs are at the bottom, deserving of no share. Muslims have a duty to bring
this knowledge to every home in the West. 

(b) Since the establishment of Israel the U.S. has contributed directly or indirectly over 500 billion dollars to Israel. Taxpayers
in the U.S. must know that the billions of dollars that go to Israel are poured into the pockets of the Jews only. Muslim
Americans have a duty to show to the American voters and the poor people of America how their share in the billions is
squandered away by the politicians instead of spending to help the American poor. In America there are people without a place
to live, children who are malnourished, schools without adequate equipment or resources and there are many other problems,
but no money is going to them while we are squandering billions for the Israelis. In addition, we can show that there are poor
Africans in the continent who need money for food and shelter whereas Americans are helping Israel to displace Palestinians
and creating luxurious suburbs and housing enclaves for the Jews. AIDS in Africa needs billions but there is no money because
Israel takes up so much of the American resources. We need to publish these data to inform the American people. 

(c) Muslim Americans should help their Palestinian brethren financially directly. It is a duty of the Muslims to raise funds and
help to relieve Palestinians of their economic misery created by the Israelis and American government's bad policies. However,
a few million that we can send them is nowhere near enough to solve their economic miseries. The real solution is to give them
the economic freedom that we enjoy in the U.S., which brings us to the next point:

(d) Economic freedom for the Palestinians to pursue their trade without harassment, roadblocks, checkpoints, missiles,
shootings and other blockades. Arabs in Palestine are a class of outcasts in their own homes; the occupation of Palestine must
come to an end. If American people learn about the living conditions of Palestinians, they will support the Palestinian cause. It is
up to the Muslims living in America to use their freedom to take this message to every home in America.

Religious Solution: The religious solution has three aspects: 

(a) The perception in the West is that Judaism is a religion of the West but Islam is not. There are many unbiased reputable
writers in the West who admit to the contribution of Islam to western civilization and history. Muslims need to do research in
this area and present the data to the world in common language so that they understand and appreciate, for example, the
crusades and the impact of Muslim civilization on the European reformation and renaissance. Many historians of the West have
written about the impact of the interaction between European Crusaders and Muslims. Western culture is a
Pagan-Greek-Roman-Christian-Muslim-Judeo-plus-more culture. American people are unaware of this truth. 

(b) Western secularism has little tolerance for a religious state, particularly for an Islamic state. Post 9-11 American-British
policies of war is an effort against Islam, that is, preventing the establishment of Islam as an ideology competing against the
paganism of capitalism. However, the West supports the Jewish religious state of Israel; I call this hypocrisy of democracy. The
American people must know that the intolerant secular U.S. is committed to support the religious Jewish state of Israel! The
hypocrisy of American policy must be brought home and shown to the people that their government opposes the Islamization of
Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan but vehemently supports a Jewish state in the middle of the Muslim world. 

(c) There is a hate campaign against Islam and Muslims. I receive a lot of mail from ordinary American people who are filled
with hate of Islam because they are victims of a hate campaign launched by various sections of the American society. It is a
duty of the Muslim Americans to prove to the American people that they may be victims of a hate-Islam campaign. In my view,
American people are decent people and they will support the truth when they know it. It is up to the Muslims to bring the
message of truth home.

Vision, Plans and their Implementation 

A people without a vision is a dead people. It is fard kifayah (community duty) that the leadership of the Ummah in the U.S.
develop a vision for a century and translate it into plans and develop machinery for their implementation. It means having a
vision of America through Muslim eyes for the year 2101 C.E. and develop a road to get there. It will remain a dream if we just
talk about our vision. This 100 year vision must be translated into plans divided into 5, 10, 20 years and so on, popularize it in
the community, gather resources of money and manpower to educate, motivate and mobilize Muslims of America for its
implementation. I have a ten-year vision, that is, to see America in 2011 without prejudice, hate and fear of Islam and Muslims. 

Implementation Strategies

This complex problem has many component parts and they must be separated and analyzed as such. All components must be
resolved separately by specialized teams in coordination with each other. The end result will be the solution to this complex
problem. The cornerstone of the Palestine solution is the education of the masses in the West, particularly, the Americans. In an
Internet publication I cannot discuss details but if a Coordination Council for Palestine is formed or one of the existing
relevant organizations calls a meeting, I will be glad to discuss the details in person. Without going into the details I float the
following proposals. It goes without saying that each of the committees discussed below must have a liberal budget and a
supporting staff. Funds should be raised from Muslim as well as non-Muslim sources, even relevant trusts should be
approached for funding. 

1. TV Talk Show Committee: This committee will consist of a few well-informed leaders with appealing appearances, light or
no accent, somewhat aggressive but cool tempered, skilled in brevity and possess the ability to articulate points well. These are
the people who will be our face and our front, addressing the American people. The job of the committee members is to seek
appearance opportunities on TV talk shows at the local and national levels and articulate the Muslim point of view on Palestine
and other issues in a very amicable manner. This committee must have a small staff that will manage talk show appearances and
make travel and lodging arrangements. 

2. Radio Talk Show Committee: This committee will consist of the people with qualifications as discussed above except
appearance will not be as important as for TV talk shows. The job of the committee is like that of the TV Committee but these
people will go on radio talk shows at the local and national levels. The job of the staff of these two committees is to work with
public relations and publicity companies, paying fees when required and obtaining appointments for our people to appear on
talk shows, from small local stations to large networks. The important thing is to be identified as Muslims who represent their
own points of view most of the time but, sometimes, when relevant, speak on behalf of Muslim Americans. When there is no
unanimity of the Muslims on a given topic, they should speak on their own behalf, speak on behalf of the Ummah or present a
majority or minority view as the situation suits best. 

3. Print Media Committee: This committee will consist of people who have print media relations skills. The job of this
committee is to develop rapport with media executives, from reporters to editors, and ask them to publish articles of our
interest. Articles may be written by non-Muslim or Muslim writers but their widest and frequent circulation is the key for
dissemination of ideas and true information. Target publications will leave out none, ranging from small community newsletters
to major national newspapers and magazines. Such articles may appear on op-ed pages, opinion columns, letters to the editor,
Sunday edition newspaper magazines, weekly and monthly magazines, etc.

4. Entertainment Industry Committee: National TV networks, public TV networks, Hollywood and many small producers are
producing movies and a variety of shows for TV and the silver screen. There must be a committee to find out who is who in this
industry, develop rapport with them, screen all shows for Muslim related content and suggest corrections even before such
errors become public knowledge. To go one step further, they would suggest and initiate production of shows sympathetic to
Muslims. The work must start somewhere and our people will learn the ropes. According to Jack Shaheen, the entertainment
industry is continually producing shows with anti-Muslim, anti-Islam and anti-Arab content, which has a devastating effect on
the ignorant population. Reportedly, Israeli advisors work alongside many producers advising them how to insert pro-Israeli
and anti-Islam content in their shows. 

5. History Research Committee: This committee would be composed of historians and those who have an interest and aptitude
in history. Their job would be to research the historical foundation of Israel and the hoaxes, misinformation, dis-information and
myths spread by the Zionists and thereby present the facts in a variety of articles and books. They would provide this material
to the Print Media Committee, discussed above, for publication and circulation among the American population. The scope of
this committee’s research is wide and covers almost all items discussed under the sub-title, "Political Solution", some aspects of
"Economic Solution" and "Religious Solution" discussed above. Those who will go on TV and radio talk shows should also gain
benefits of the research. 

6. Al-'Awdah Coordination Council: The purpose of this council will be stopping the mobilization of the Palestinians from
Palestine to elsewhere including Europe and the Americas. Moreover, this committee must mobilize Palestinians living abroad to
go back to Palestine, even if they can get to Gaza and the West Bank as a first step. The goal should be to return them to their
ancestral homes wherever it may be. 

7. Welfare Coordination Council for Palestine: At this time many welfare organizations who were raising funds are being closed
down. The work of the council should be to help reestablish welfare organizations, set priorities for help and assign areas for
each of them. In addition, this council should audit and oversee accounts to make sure that the funds are not misused. Some
Muslim governments are also helping in the welfare area but without any coordination. Government help is generally politically
motivated; it is therefore necessary to get politics out of the welfare work. Funds should also be sought from the non-Muslim
population which will induce and propel their political support. Due to the American government’s apprehension of terrorism
since the 9-11, it is best to work in cooperation with the U.S. and U.N. relief agencies rather than working independently.

8. Lobby Organization: There are already several lobby organizations but their close coordination, if there is any, is not well
publicized. When we talk about lobby, we mean lobbying on behalf of Palestine at the local, county, state and federal
government levels. Each organization must have their purpose and methodology clearly stated and seek the cooperation of the
people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. 

9. Campus Teach-in Coordination Committee: One of the most successful strategies of the Vietnam War era was campus
teach-ins. Committees were formed and scholars were brought in to inform university and college students about the realities of
the war and expose the lies told by the U.S. administration to the public. This included movies and pictures showing the horrors
created by the U.S. government and its allies in Vietnam including all forms of destruction as a result of the war. Finally, public
awareness and a change of public opinion resulted in protest marches which brought the war to an end. Muslim Americans
should move on the same lines and join hands with non-Muslims who are in sympathy with Palestinians, such as, Not In My
Name (www.nimn.org), a Jewish organization. There are many churches, including Catholics and Protestants, who do not like
the Israeli atrocities and are willing to join Palestinian efforts. The only Christian religious group that is more Zionist than the
Jewish Zionists is the Fundamentalist Christians, who should be left alone. 

10. Movement for Muslim Political Participation: This is a double challenge: (a) to wake up the Muslim Americans from their
deep slumber of indifference, apathy and complacence, and (b) defeating anti-political participation movements of the
Hizb-ut-Tahrir and other passive anti-politics groups, such as, Tablighi Jama'at, Tanzeem-e-Islami, some Sufis and others. In
the year 2000 coordination for political participation developed but it must be expanded to include indigenous American
Muslims and perfected, making it a year-round movement until close to one hundred percent Muslim Americans are activated,
educated and mobilized. See my article A CASE FOR MUSLIM POLITICAL PARTICIPATION given at
http://www.iiie.net/Articles/MuslimPolPart.html and AMERICAN POLITICAL SCENE AND MUSLIM AMERICANS at
http://www.iiie.net/Articles/AmerPolScene.html.

11. Movement for Islam Awareness and Education of the Masses: This is the cornerstone of the whole work. If Muslims fail in
bringing the American masses to understanding Islam and Muslims and an overwhelming majority supporting Muslim issues, the
whole work will fail. This requires money, manpower, technology and intensive training. At the national level, the Institute of
Islamic Information & Education (III&E) began this work as an organization in 1985 and launched field work in 1986 and has
been able to reach over 23 million American people as of January 2002; this is a drop in the bucket because there are another
300 million people of North America yet to be reached. There are many individuals and Islamic organizations contributing to
the work at the local level but this work is very nominal. For the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), this work is not a
priority; in fact, there is no committee or a department in existence for this work. For the Islamic Circle of North America
(ICNA), Da'wah is a part of their program but the actual contribution is nominal and it comes in small bursts at the local level.
The III&E is capable of handling this work at the national level but it needs massive money and manpower support from
Muslim Americans. For outreach to the non-Muslims, see my article at http://www.iiie.net/Articles/OneFamilyAMonth.html and
THE VISION.

12. Campaign to Educate American People About the Cost of Israel to Them and the World: Recently, Richard Curtis
published an article about the Cost of Israel and it is available at http://www.alhewar.com/Curtiss.html. We need to add some
estimates of the worldwide cost of security expenses at airports, skyscrapers, crop dusters, nuclear and utility generators. For
example, after 9-11, Bush and the Congress allocated 80 billion dollars to fight terrorism, security and bail outs which should
be under the Israelis column. The West attributes most of the terrorism to the Arabs that is rooted mainly in their complaint
against the Israeli rule over the Palestinians. If the problem of Palestine is resolved, terrorism will be eliminated and these costs
and inconveniences can be removed. We need to publish a book, articles and brochures for mass distribution. This will reduce
the support for Israel among American voters and general public.

Myopia of Muslim American Leadership

Muslim American leadership is already moving in the direction of specialization of work by creating new organizations. ISNA,
ICNA and others are providing socio-religious services, AMC has taken over government lobbying work, CAIR is in the area
of legal and human rights, AMA and its sister organizations are taking care of political participation and so on. However, this is
not enough; none of these activities are going to make a significant change because none of them is working to change
American public opinion, one way or the other. In a democracy, such as the U.S., public opinion is pivotal in government
policies. Since immigrant Muslim American leadership has come from kingdoms, dictatorships and autocratic rule, they think
that influencing top level of the government is going to change everything including government policies. This is not the case in a
democracy because the people elect the legislature and administration leadership; therefore, all elected people must conform to
the public opinion. There is an excellent example when in 1993 the Clinton Administration wanted to levy the energy tax, which
the energy industry did not like. The energy industry, therefore, held hamburger and coke parties in the fifteen smallest states,
delivered anti-energy tax speeches and convinced the senators of those states that voting for such a tax would be injurious to
their reelection. The energy tax bill was killed in the senate. There is a lesson for the Muslim Americans in the energy industry
moves of 1993 in killing the tax proposal. Work in only the fifteen smallest states in population can change foreign policies of
the U.S. Lobbying with the American people must precede lobbying with government officials, which includes congressmen,
various cabinet secretaries and the president. Recently, George Bush took a trip by boat in the Mississippi River to gain
popular support for his economic and tax cut plans. Clinton championed the rule by polls. Reagan took his issues to the masses
to generate pressure on the House and the Senate to gain support for his proposals. This is the myopia of the Muslim American
leadership that sits in Washington and is satisfied with fast breaking and Eid parties at the White House, meetings with a few
Senators and Congressmen and having a Muslim imam do an opening du'aa for the House or the Senate - this is tokenism, not
real work. The real work is getting down to the masses and educating them. Muslim leadership is party hungry and party
satisfied - goal orientation and tunnel vision is completely lacking. 

Role of the Palestinians

What are the Palestinians supposed to do to resolve the problem? Palestinians can do nothing for solving the problem equitably
but keeping the problem alive and on the world stage. Israelis will not settle for any equitable solution as long as they have the
unconditional support of the U.S. Only Palestinians have to decide how to keep the problem alive and keep the pressure on the
world conscience to help solve the problem with equity and justice for all parties. Israelis and the U.S. want the Palestinians to
submit to the lowly status of subjects, rather slaves, of Israelis and live at the mercy of the Zionists, which is not acceptable to
Palestinians nor to the Muslims and this should not be acceptable to the world conscience either. Muslim Americans are duty
bound to convey and convince the American voters that the Zionist rule over Palestinian people is a crime against humanity and
they have the responsibility of freeing them.

The Destruction of 9-11 and the Zionist-Bush Spin 

The Zionists and the Bush government knew very well that the 9-11 was rooted mainly in the Israeli tyranny, whether the attack
was carried out by the Israelis (as this author contends) or Arabs (Bush and company claim). However, the Zionists and Bush
team completely bypassed the core issues of Israel, American propping up of tyrant dictators in the Muslims world, and blamed
the Arabs and Osama Binladin's jealousy of freedom and liberty enjoyed by the American people and their prosperity - a
totally ridiculous Clintonian spin. Only shameless liars would give a spin like this and only ignorant people would believe in it;
see my article THE GULLIBILITY INDEX at http://www.iiie.net/Articles/GullibilityIndex.html. It is the duty of Muslim and
Arab Americans to present the truth and educate the American masses to remove American support for Israel. As an informed
American lady in Chicago commenting about 9-11 said, "if this is the cost of supporting Israel, we do not want to support it." If
the American people are educated, a majority would agree with her, this will provide a solution to the Israeli problem. It is not
Israeli intransigence that is the problem but the concept of Zionism itself which is the enemy of mankind. I reiterate again, Jews
are people like any other people and they deserve to live in peace and Muslims have been historically supportive of Jews rights
and the freedom to practice their religion. It was the second Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab who in 638 C.E. allowed the Jews to
return to Jerusalem and worship at the Wailing Wall. Between 70 and 638 C.E. Jews were forbidden to enter Jerusalem by the
Roman pagan empire and later by the Christian Byzantine Empire. Look at the payback by the Jews to the Arabs since 1917!

Written July-August 2001. Reviewed and updated January 2002.

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