I am an American without a drop of Arab blood within me and my org has been an endorsing org of the FREEDOM FLOTILLA, since I learned about it on the final day of the 27th annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Washington, D.C. Conference on 10 June 2007.
On the first day of the conference, I learned that among the invited speakers who did NOT show or send a representative were Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Republican National Committee.
But, 86 year old, walker-bound Congressman Paul Findley, a moderate Republican blew me away when he addressed the luncheon crowd:
"I was here for the first convention 27 years ago and I still have a fire in my belly for the civil and human rights of Arabs. It is time to speak openly and honestly about Israel.
"But, in American politics, that is still forbidden."
An audible gasp was heard from the crowd when he next remarked, "Israel is why we invaded Iraq! Were it not for Israel's influence and hard lobbying, we would not have invaded Iraq. It is time to understand that American complicity and undivided support of Israel was a main factor that led to 9/11."Neither Hussein or Lebanon were any threat to America, but Israel used USA donated ammunitions to slaughter 18,000 innocent civilians!