Received from A.M., and from Jack, with a very correct comment by Jack:
Don't bother writing to Clinton or to her boss. Write to Jewish organizations and members of Congress. Write to Evangelicals and to other people who understand and love Israel. They will do something about it. Clinton and her boss will not. This is their policy, after all, and they don't give a hoot what you think or want.
STATE DEPT EXCLUDES ISRAEL FROM JERUSALEM CONSULATE
If you go to the official U.S. Government State Department website
at http://Jerusalem.USConsulate.Gov/ you will find information about
aid to the new library in Beit Jala, about a $200,000,000.00 US "Budget
Support" to the PA terrorist regime of Abu Mazen, and about 8 new grants
to East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the "West Bank."
You will read that Hillary asks the Arab States to exercise more responsibility
to aid the "palestinians."
You can learn about the U.S. Consular staff's special grants to preserve the
mythical "Palestinian Cultural Heritage.
You can learn about Fulbright Awards and Abraham Lincoln grants for Arab
What you can't learn about is U.S.-Israel relations. That's because the word
"Israel" is never mentioned anywhere on the State Department's official
consular website in Jerusalem! Not once! Nowhere!
If you are as shocked and outraged – but not really too surprised – as I am
at this blatant anti-Israel policy by the U.S. State Department in Jerusalem, why
not drop a polite note to Hillary at: http://contact-us.state.gov
and let her know how you feel? Why not drop a note to the president, too?
[President@WhiteHouse.Gov] – easy enough even for me to remember!
THEN, FORWARD THIS TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT FEEL THE SAME!
Not true. I did a search for "Israel" on the site, and 256 hits came back.
One of them, for example, is an interview with H Clinton, where she says the US intends to encourage the PA toward "a renouncement of violence, a recognition of Israel, and a commitment to abide by the previous agreements entered in by the Palestinian Authority." [http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/interview270209.html]
Not that I believe a word of it.
But if we want to be taken seriously by those sitting on the fence, we need to check claims like this before telling everyone to bombard the US gov't with protests.
There is enough real discrimination out there which needs our attention.
DS replies: thank you, Hannah, for this important information. I will relay it to my sources. I do not have time to check what people send me, specially when they are known to be reliable. So maybe something fell through the cracks here. Sorry.
DS: one more person researched this information, and apparently it is not true. Truly sorry about this MISTAKEN INFORMATION I had received from two usually very reliable sources.
However, nobody is perfect. I hope no one wrote to the State Department. And if you did, no big deal.
However, if ANYBODY finds something on this blog that does not check out, please let us know. I usually trust sources that I have known to be responsible, but once in a while something slips by. Nobody is perfect. Join the human family.
Update: SO THIS IS THE REAL SCOOP:
US Embassy, Consulate Cater to Arabs
Av 16, 5769, 06 August 09 09:42
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
The American Consulate in “eastern Jerusalem” serves 600,000 Jews in the “occupied territories” of Judea and Samaria and many parts of Jerusalem, but its website at http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov is devoted to helping Arabs only. English and Arabic are the two languages used by workers, and its telephone answering system does not offer an option for Hebrew.
The Tel Aviv-based American embassy website also tries to woo Israeli Arabs more than it does Americans or Israeli Jews.
The United States officially regards as “occupied territory” all of Judea and Samaria and all parts of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the Western Wall (Kotel), that were restored to the Jewish State in the Six-Day War in 1967. Consulate officials explained the designation of “occupied” areas is why the site caters only to Arabs.
American policy requires all residents of “eastern Jerusalem,” including French Hill and Gilo as well as those living in Judea and Samaria, to use the Consulate for passports and other services for citizens. Officials told Israel National News that the embassy in Tel Aviv may be used in emergencies, but the consulate’s website shows no signs that it serves Jews at all.
Three news briefs on the current Consulate site tell readers that the United States helped Beit Jalla, adjacent to Bethlehem, to build a new public library, handed out 300 free tickets for Arab children to watch a Disney movie in Shechem and sponsored a summer camp for 450 Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Gaza.
One article features an American grant “to preserve Palestinian cultural heritage” and includes a grant to the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange (PACE), to “assist three historic villages in the West Bank – Beitin, Aboud, and Al-Jib – to preserve their cultural heritage and promote tourist destinations, while also raising awareness among residents of the villages about their cultural heritage.”
One article features an American grant 'to preserve Palestinian cultural heritage.'
The PACE group refers on its websites to “unstable political conditions in the Palestinian Areas in the past, and espicially [sic] since the beginning of the current uprising "Intifada", resulted in tremenous dammage [sic] to the region's cultural heritage.”
The Consulate’s news page headlines the recent American government’s “supporting” the Palestinian Authority with a $200 million grant. Another item quotes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying, “Arab states have a responsibility to support the Palestinian Authority.”
The site invites Arabs to apply for eight grants “in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.” No assistance or programs are offered for Jewish residents of the same areas. The site also touts an American-funded Arab camp that “stimulates critical thinking in Palestinian youth."
The American Israeli Action Coalition (AIAC) has charged that the Jerusalem Consulate website in effect “is totally denying the existence of Israel or Israelis.” AIAC chairman Harvey Schwartz commented. "The Obama administration's continued efforts to marginalize Israel are becoming more evident daily. The U.S. Consulate's efforts…demonstrate that those efforts are continuing unabated."
Tel Aviv Embassy Site also Panders to Arabs
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv does not offer much news for American Jews, either. It highlights a program for the Lower Galilee Kadoorie School, which is primarily used for Arabs. The summer program for English teachers, which also attracted several Jewish teachers, focused on teaching Black American history.
The current embassy website also features U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announcing an American grant of $200 million to the Palestinian Authority. “The ability of the United States to provide support directly to the Palestinian Authority is an indication of the bipartisan support for the effort to secure the peace in the Middle East, as well as for the fundamental reforms that the Palestinian Authority has undertaken," she said in a statement on the website.
An Embassy spokesman explained to Israel National News that it posts "articles and items that it thinks will interest visitors to the site.” He pointed out that the Embassy serves Jews as well as Arabs for all American citizens’ services.
The Embassy’s “Human Rights Report: Israel and the Occupied Territories” is implicitly critical of Israel as a Jewish state and of the authority of rabbis who act according to traditional Jewish law.
Under the subtitle “Freedom of Religion,” the Embassy site states, “The Basic Law and Declaration of Independence recognize the country as a ‘Jewish and democratic state,’ while also providing for full social and political equality, regardless of religious affiliation. The government recognized only Orthodox Jewish religious authorities in personal and some civil status matters concerning Jewish persons. The government implemented policies including marriage, divorce, education, burial, and observance of the Sabbath based on Orthodox Jewish interpretation of religious law, and allocations of state resources favored Orthodox Jewish institutions.”
The Embassy points out that religious minorities do not receive the same amount of money as Jews on a proportionate basis and notes that “unrecognized communities" were ineligible for government funding although they are allowed to practice their religion freely.
It also charges that “many Jewish citizens objected to exclusive Orthodox control over aspects of their personal lives” without noting that traditional Judaism has been the basis of the Jewish people for 3,500 years.
The Embassy appears to complain that “legal missionaries faced harassment and discrimination by some hareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jewish activists and organizations and certain local government officials.” It did not state that public missionary activity is illegal in Israel although the government widely ignores some activities. The Embassy also points out incidents that illustrate alleged denial of rights to missionaries.
Other sections of the article repeatedly point out specific incidents that are critical of Israel's behavior towards non-Jews and terrorists.
The Embassy website specifically blames Israel for the plight of tens of thousands of Bedouin, who by practicing polygamy, generally forbidden under Israeli law, become a majority in many Negev areas and have taken over thousands of acres of government lands. However, the site states that Bedouin “unrecognized villages” are “made up mostly of tents and shacks, evolved as a result of the government's refusal to recognize Bedouin land claims based on traditional usage prior to the establishment of the state.”
It does not point out that tents and shacks are historically traditional shelters for many Bedouin in order to enable them to easily dismantle and move them as they change locations with the seasons to graze their flocks in different areas of the country.
Regarding terrorists, the Embassy freely quotes PA media and the anti-Israeli B’Tselem group, both of which have been documented by media watchdogs and government agencies as issuing deceptive and false reports.
The Embassy report noted that PA media often broadcast anti-Semitic content and incitement to carry out terrorist attacks, but, trying to strike a balance, it adds, “Israeli settler radio stations often depicted Arabs as subhuman and called for Palestinians to be expelled from the West Bank. Some of this rhetoric contained religious references.”