Oprah: Visit Occupied Territories & Support the Oppressed sign now

Dear Ms. Winfrey,
We are aware that you are planning to travel to "Israel for asolidarityvisit". Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Gillerman, said that a'visit of afigure with such influence on the international media could help bringanend to the indifference towards the terror threat faced by Israelis'.Thisstatement as well as your visit is troubling, frustrating andconfusing. Youare renowned for standing for peace and supporting the weak andoppressed.As we all hailed the downfall of apartheid in South Africa and defendedtheGod given right for all people to live together with equal rights, howcanthe world idly watch the continued building of the apartheid wall inPalestine? How can the world stay quiet about the thousands of men,womenand children who are continuously tortured and confined in Israeliprisons?According to all international bodies worldwide (Amnesty International,Human Rights Watch, United Nations etc.), under international law, theIsraeli settlement policies and the whole occupation is illegal andmustcome to an end. One of the greatest leaders of our time, NelsonMandela,once said, "Palestinians are not struggling for a state but forfreedom,liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom inSouthAfrica. Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprivedmillionsof Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated asystemof gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematicallyincarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to therulesof international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against acivilianpopulation, in particular children."

The Arab-Israeli conflict has a long and complicated history filledwithbloodshed, destruction and injustice. We only ask that you read some ofthearticles that we have attached to give you an idea about the other,lesspublicized, side. You have always epitomized truth and justice withsuchintegrity - we are hopeful that you will not allow yourself to only seeoneside of a story - no matter the circumstances! During your visit,please govisit cities like Gaza, Hebron, and Jenin in order to witness a lifethat isinhumane and, as a result, worthless to those enduring suchhumiliation. Wehope that you will visit the Palestinian women and children who aretaunted,raped, tortured, dehumanized and killed everyday while they guard theirhomes and families from daily warfare. You will be amazed by the hopemostof these people still have - their faith in God is great.

We hope you re-consider the basis for your visit. We wish Oprah topromotepeace and co-habitation amongst Israelis and Palestinians. We hope thatyouwill not ignore the massacre of thousands of innocent, unnamedPalestinianmen, women and children. Israel is blatantly carrying out a massivegenocide, not to mention violations of basic human rights. There is adireneed for fair representation. If no one will bring it to the forefront,weonly ask that you be honest with yourself by basing your visit onsolidarityfor the Middle East - inclusive of Palestinians. Be objective and askyourself, who is oppressed? Who is terrorized? In short, Oprah, we hopethatyou seek truth.

Thank you!
With all our respect and hope, Seekers of peace and justice: FRIENDS OFPALESTINE

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