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GLNAWI POSITIONS

WAR IN IRAQ
The basis for the United States’ intervention in Iraq was wrong and illegal.  The Bush doctrine, as expressed in the National Security Strategy, that the United States has the right to intervene unilaterally and militarily to overthrow governments violates international law and the democratic spirit of our Constitution. The post-war reconstruction of Iraq should be based on the need to serve Iraqi interests, not American economic interests, and especially not large corporate interests. The governance of Iraq should be immediately transferred from the United States to the United Nations, with an immediate Security Council resolution to that effect. Further, the transference of power back to the Iraqi people should be made as expeditiously as possible, commensurate with United Nations implementation of this policy.

THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Attacks on our First Amendment and Constitutional rights, embodied in recent Executive Orders, the USA Patriot Act, and related measures intended ostensibly to enhance domestic security at the expense of our freedoms, must be ended. We desire a return to a fully constitutional form of government, with an appropriate balance of powers, and with the full protection of our civil rights. The Patriot Act should be rescinded, and further attempts to extend it should be resisted.

TORTURE AND ABUSE
We are outraged at the inhumane treatment of detainees including unlawful combatants in the war on terrorism.   Torture under any circumstances is unacceptable and policies designed to allow torture are unacceptable, immoral and illegal. The United States government and its representatives must cease their violations of the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the War Crimes Act of 1996 which expressly forbid torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees. Government officials must monitor violations of these treaties and laws and demand respect for the legal and human rights of all detainees in the war on terrorism.  Furthermore steps must be taken to stop the horrendous abuses from continuing as well as actions to prevent future US violations of the treaties and laws

PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT

The Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice is one of many local groups, in the United States and around the world, working for peaceful and just solutions to conflict through non-violent means. We acknowledge the tremendous suffering that Palestinians and Israelis alike have sustained in this conflict. Holding that suffering in our hearts, we explicitly avoid blaming one side exclusively, because blame cannot be the foundation of a just and sustainable peace.

We take this position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because we see that the resolution of many conflicts, including the “war on terror” undertaken by our own country and various conflicts in the Middle East, requires movement toward peace in Palestine and Israel. We also accept responsibility as Americans to work toward a just and sustainable peace because the United States has played and continues to play a major role in the region with considerable power to influence events and the states involved. The United States has been the major supporter of Israel, even while it has brokered peace treaties between Israel, Egypt and Jordan, and has supplied those countries with billions of dollars of military and financial aid annually. In a conflict where consensus is rare, it is widely agreed that the United States holds unique power to influence events and bring both sides to the peace table.

With these considerations in mind, we believe that the following six elements could form the basis of a just and sustainable peace in Palestine and Israel, and we pledge to work for their advancement. We do not see ourselves as instructing either side on the content of a full and complete resolution. That is not our task. Our work involves supporting those Palestinians and Israelis who are working for peace through non-violent means; educating our local community and ourselves about the nature of the conflict and the potential means for resolving it; and encouraging our elected representatives and our government to develop and maintain a policy consistent with these elements.

Elements of a Just and Sustainable Peace in Palestine and Israel
1. The end of violence committed against civilians on both sides, including suicide bombings, assassinations (extra-judicial executions), and all forms of collective punishment.

2.  The end of the Israeli occupation of the “territories” (East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip), with negotiated withdrawal of settlements, and the return of the Israeli border to (or very close to) the Green Line.

3.  Mutual access to Jerusalem.

4.  The creation and recognition of a viable, sovereign, and democratic Palestinian state, encompassing the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which recognizes the sovereign state of Israel.

5.  Recognition of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel and endorsement of adjudication and compensation of refugee claims.

6.  A dramatic realignment of U. S. aid to Israel and its neighbors from military and security support to investments that promote peace and economic, social, and cultural development.