A sparsely attended campaign kick-off for Washington State Senator Adam Kline was made more lively by an informational picket objecting to the senator's co-sponsorship of a resolution congratulating Israel as an "ally" in the war on terror right after the Gaza Massacre of 2008-9. A few local Democratic party heavyweights were in attendance, getting our message that the people of Washington do not appreciate pro-Zionist activity by anyone, but especially STATE senators.
Here is the leaflet we gave out:
SENATOR KLINE SUPPORTS STATE TERRORISM IN YOUR NAME!On January 21, 2009, as the result of a vicious 3-week Israeli attack, the people of the open air prison known as Gaza were literally crawling from under the rubble of their bombed-out homes, mourning and burying over 1400 dead, including 313 children. Live white phosphorus was still burning people's flesh and ill-equipped hospital personnel were trying to treat numerous patients without the appropriate medical supplies.On January 21, 2009, Senator Adam Kline and his handful of co-sponsors in the Washington State Legislature were pushing through a resolution congratulating Israel on its birthday. The timing for these wishes was pointed and not to be misconstrued. The U.S. and Israel, says Sen. Kline's resolution, share "an interest in democracy and basic human rights." But we are also "together standing at the forefront of a new kind of war, a war against terror." For that, Senator Kline's resolution says, Israel deserves "continued and unwavering support from the United States." SENATE RESOLUTION 8602 By Senators Zarelli, Delvin, Kline ... The resolution was forwarded to Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama, together with the President and Prime Minister of Israel.With this resolution, Senator Kline portrayed the people of Washington as the sort who would not question the use of white phosphorus bombs dropped from F-16s on unarmed men, women and children as long as it is Israel, our "ally" in the war on terror, who has done the bombing."Unwavering support" for Israel also means support for everyday state terrorism: a 62-year military occupation, population transfer, outright theft of land and water resources, imprisonment without charges for thousands, the humiliation of checkpoints, a massive separation wall slashing through Palestinian territory, and the imprisonment and blockade of 1.5 million people in Gaza.Please consider what Senator Kline has done in your name before you give him your support.
Voices of Palestine