We understand that you think BDS stands in the way of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
We respectfully suggest that as someone who hopes to act as a fair negotiator, you should avail yourself of every opportunity to do the same.
You often reminisce that when you and Bill visited Israel for the first time three decades ago, you walked the ancient streets of Jerusalem’s Old City and fell in love with the country and its people.
We believe you will be a better negotiator if you allow yourself to fall in love with the Palestinian people as well. It is not hard to do.
Spend time with families, visit people’s homes, enjoy their magnificent hospitality, listen to their stories about their daily lives, learn a bit of Arabic, appreciate the humor, the children’s games and stories, the music, the beautiful embroidery, the olive harvest, the importance Palestinians place on education.
Learn, too, about the terror so many have experienced, the physical and emotional trauma of scores of children, the displacement from their ancestral homes and villages, the erasure of their suffering from the eyes of Israelis on the other side of the “separation wall”.
We ask you to act with integrity in the critical work that you do.
Rose Law Miller
Max L. Carter
Jane D. Carter
William Zakee McGill
Elizabeth Bullard Morse
Catherine Miles Grant
Dr. William B. Telfair
Carol Perera Weingeist
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