For Your love and compassion,
And wisdom and sight,
For restraint from wrongdoing
And the will to do right.
For the new hope of morning,
And the softness of night,
For Your presence among us,
That gives our souls light.
In Your will being done, Oh God, may we see?
The equal value of lives is humanity’s key.
-Stephen Brackens Brinkley
25 November 2017
*** I ACCUSE YOU, HUMANITY !!! ***J’ACCUSE HUMANITE !
Crying out to almighty God for redress and issuing an URGENT and DESPERATE CALL to the SOUL OF ALL HUMANITY, if indeed it still lives and is able to respond !
I raise my voice once again in DEFIANCE, PROTEST and ACCUSATION, as I did in October of 1982, in response to the horror that was Sabra and Shatila, actions that left me ashamed of being a member of the human race, shocked and in extreme disbelief at the silence of the entire world in its response to the atrocities that were committed there.
You did not echo our voices of PROTEST nor did you support our DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE.
That notwithstanding, because I cannot in conscience do otherwise, I STRENUOUSLY raise my voice once more and J’ACCUSE !
I ACCUSE YOU , YOU, the ENTIRE WORLD !
I ACCUSE YOU of silent indifference, unbelievable and inhumane apathy, permissive allowance and, by YOUR INACTION, of CONSENT to horrors that were and are being repeatedly wrought against your fellow brothers and sisters. I accuse you of REPEATEDLY blocking the investigation and administration of JUSTICE in CRIMES against the suffering PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, CRIMES which constitute CRIMES AGAINST ALL HUMANITY…of GENOCIDE, and COMPLICITY IN GENOCIDE ..of ETHNIC CLEANSING and COMPLICITY in and of the SAME..of the KIDNAPPING, IMPRISONMENT, TORTURE and MURDER of those who are the MOST DEFENSELESS..of the MOST VULNERABLE…of CHILDREN ! Indeed, I ACCUSE YOU of DEPRIVING them of their VERY LIVES in ABOMINABLE SCHEMES of MONSTROUS GREED and the ILLEGAL, IMMORAL and HEINOUS SALE of THEIR BODILY ORGANS !
Even as I REISSUE this call and again MAKE THESE ALLEGATIONS, I am PAINFULLY AWARE that my actions might be met with the SAME FATE as those of 1982.
I am also acutely AWARE that I am APPEALING to the SOUL and CONSCIENCE of ALL HUMANITY to STOP THESE HORRIBLE ACTIVITIES, to ARISE from its INACTION and embark on a PATH of REPENTANCE, REDEMPTION and CORRECTION.
I am PLEADING for nothing short of the RECLAMATION and RESTORATION of the VERY SOUL of HUMANITY !
PRAYING with my WHOLE HEART that YOU WILL HEAR, HEED and ACT UPON this CALL of my SOUL, a CALL that is being sent out to ANYONE, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is HOLY, MORAL, NOBLE and JUST !
Standing firm with INFINITE HOPE in YOUR RESPONSE,
With all the LOVE I KNOW,
P.S. Who can tell, even as I write this, perhaps a CHILD is being KIDNAPPED, IMPRISONED, TORTURED, and SEXUALLY ABUSED. After enduring this, he is MURDERED, his BODILY ORGANS HARVESTED, his BODY being RETURNED to his OVERWHELMED and GRIEF STRICKEN PARENTS minus VITAL ORGANS and with a HORRIBLE SCAR from the NAVEL UP TO THE THROAT ! This is not some scene from an Edgar Allen Poe HORROR STORY, this is an actual scenario that OUR BROTHERS and SISTERS FACE on a DAILY basis.
If there be any REMNANT of HUMANITY LEFT in this WORLD, PLEASE PLEASE, TAKE a few MINUTES and SAVE LIVES by SIGNING, SUPPORTING AND SHARING the PALESTINIAN PROTECTION PETITIONS ! BELOW ARE THE LINKS !
Here are the two protection petitions for Palestinians. Thank you for signing, for sharing and caring.
I would further request that you contact your leaders and voice your strong support for the indigenous Palestinian people. To assist you I have created a free resource, “The Palestinian Checklist” you may view it here:
https://goo.gl/EwjJv6 and you may download it in .pdf form here:
https://goo.gl/zJlvYA . PLEASE ACT AND ACT NOW!
“It is not the angry voices of our tormentors that will be remembered long after, it is the SILENCE of OUR FRIENDS.”
PLEASE , DON’T BE SILENT.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome to Human Rights Fellowship
The following was sent to the prime minister of Israel 12 June 2016 in response to and on the occasion of his offering condolences to the United States of America in light of the tragic deaths which occurred in Orlando , FL.: in ENGLISH and HEBREW:
12 June 2016
Mr. Prime Minister,
How dare you offer condolences to anyone else in the world as a result of tragic loss!
How about offering condolences to the thousands upon thousands of Palestinian grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and all family members who have been bereft of their loved ones by your draconian policies and brutal repression and oppression, especially targeting minor children in the Palestinian Occupied Territories?
How about offering condolences to the family members of the 500 children you have in Israeli prisons, unable to see their family members and being subjected to torture, sexual abuse and other horrors?
How about offering ongoing condolences to the victims of your thug settlers, living on stolen Palestinian land in defiance of International Law and terrorizing the Palestinian Arab communities?
How about offering condolences to the thousands of acres of Olive groves that have been supplanted and/or made unusable by Israel’s practice of spraying them with skunk sewer water?
How about offering ongoing condolences to the Dawabshe family , a family who has suffered immeasurable loss at the hands of your hooligan settlers?
How about offering condolences to the thousands of Palestinian patients who cannot, because of your damnable collective punishment checkpoints, enter other areas to get medical treatment and many of whom have died because of this vindictive behavior?
How about offering condolences to the thousands of families you have made homeless by the bulldozing of their homes because some relative of theirs may have had a run in with your unjust laws and brutal repressive policies?
How about offering condolences to the thousands of Palestinian Kids who have ongoing psychological traumas as a result of kidnappings, 3 am raids on their homes complete with machine guns and attack dogs , blindfolding them and leading them away in these early morning hours, refusing to allow a parent to accompany them, whisking them off into Israel detention centers in violation of International law, interrogating and threatening them without an adult or legal representation present and imprisoning them for indeterminate amounts of time without leveling charges against them?
Before you even think of or dare to offer condolences to America, Mr. Prime Minister, sweep your own damn door step off and stop the brutal oppression, repression and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people.
Palestine, it is true, runs foul because of the skunk sewer water you regularly spray on the 1,000 year old olive trees but it runs bright RED from innocent blood because of your ritual sacrifice of its children.
STOP THE REPRESSION! STOP THE OPPRESSION!
STOP THE GENOCIDE! END THE OCCUPATION!
Reverend Stephen Brackens Brinkley
San Diego, CA USA
המכתב המצורף נשלח לראש ממשלת ישראל,ב-12 ליוני 2016, בתגובה להבעת התנחומים שלו לממשלת ארצות הברית ולנפגעי פיגוע הטרור הטראגי באורלנדו
12 ביוני 2016
מר ראש הממשלה
איך אתה מעז להביע תנחומיך למישהו אחר בעולם שנפגע כתוצאה מאובדן טראגי! מה בדבר להציע תנחומיך לכל אלפי אלפים של סבים, הורים, אחים, אחיות, בנים, בנות, דודים, דודות, אחיינים, אחייניות וכל המשפחות שאיבדו את יקיריהם בגלל מדיניות החוקים הדרקוניים והדיכוי הברוטאלי של ממשלתך, ששמו לעצמם מטרה את הילדים בשטחים הכבושים?
מה בדבר להביע תנחומיך המתמשכים למשפחות 500 הילדים שיש לך בבתי הסוהר הישראליים, המנועים מלראות את משפחותיהם ונתונים לעינויים, התעללות מינית וזוועות אחרות?
מה בדבר להביע תנחומיך המתמשכים לכל קורבנות הבריונים המתנחלים שלך, החיים על אדמה גנובה תוך ביזוי החוק הבינלאומי ומשליטים טרור על הקהילות הפלשתיניות?
מה בדבר להביע תנחומיך לאלפי הדונמים של מטעי זיתים שעקרת ו/או הפכת ללא ניתנים לשימוש בנוהל ריסוסם במי ביוב באמצעות הבואש?
מה בדבר הבעת תנחומיך למשפחת דוואבשה. משפחה שסבלה אבדן שלא ניתן לתיאור, בידי המתנחלים החוליגאניים שלך?
מה בדבר הבעת תנחומיך לאלפי החולים הפלשתיניים אשר, בגלל העונשים הקולקטיביים הארורים שלך, המחסומים, מנועים להיכנס לאזורים בהם יוכלו לקבל טיפול רפואי, והרבה אחרים שמתו כתוצאה מהתנהגות נקמנית זו?
מה בדבר הבעת תנחומיך לכל אותן אלפי משפחות שהפכת להיות חסרי בית בהרסך את בתיהם, בגלל שקרוב משפחתם נקם בגלל חוקיך הלא חוקיים ומדיניות הדיכוי שלך?
מה בדבר הבעת תנחומיך לאלפי הילדים הפלשתינים שעוברים טראומות פסיכולוגיות מתמשכות כתוצאה מחטיפות, פשיטה לבתיהם ב-3 לפנות בוקר עם רובים וכלבי תקיפה, קשירה של עיניהם וחטיפתם בשעות מוקדמות אלו של בוקר, תוך סירוב להרשות להורה ללוותם, חטיפתם אל מתקני מעצר בתוך ישראל תוך ביזוי החוק הבינלאומי, חקירתם ואיומים עליהם בלי נוכחות מבוגר או מייצג משפטי שנוכח במקום, כליאתם לפרקי זמן לא מוגדרים בלי להביא ראיות כלשהן כנגדם?
לפני שאתה מעז להביע תנחומיך לאמריקה, אדון ראש הממשלה, טאטא את דלת הכניסה הארורה שלך והפסק את הדיכוי הברוטאלי, הטיהור האתני של הפלשתינים, ילידי המקום.
פלשתין, זה נכון, מתנהלת רע בגלל מי הביוב הבאושים שאתה מתיז באורח קבע על עצי זית בני 1,000 שנה שהופכים אדום בוהק מדם ילדים חפים מפשע אותם אתה מקריב לעולה.
עצור את הדיכוי! עצור את הדיכוי!
עצור את רצח העם! עצור את הכיבוש!
הכומר סטיבן ברקנס ברינקלי
סאן דיאגו, קליפורניה, ארצות הברית
I wholeheartedly encourage all Americans to write their representatives in Congress and ask them to sign this important letter by Congresswoman McCollum to President Obama calling for a Special Envoy to Palestine for the Children. To do so, please click on this link: http://bit.ly/25dbSmg
The following letter I sent to United States Senators Feinstein and Boxer and to Congressman Scott Peters: May 20, 2016
As a concerned human being, a Christian pastor and your constituent I am writing to ask you to add your name to an important letter being circulated by your colleague, Rep. Betty McCollum, that calls on President Barack Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children.
An April 2016 report from Defense for Children International-Palestine states:
“Defense for Children International- Palestine (DCIP) collected affidavits from 429 West Bank children detained between 2012 and 2015 that show three-quarters of them endured some form of physical violence following arrest. In 97 percent of the cases, children had no parent present during the interrogation or access to legal counsel. Israeli police also did not properly inform them of their rights in 84 percent of the cases.”
DCIP statistics show that at the end of February there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Seven of these children were being held under administrative detention, meaning they could be held indefinitely without charges or a trial.
As a person of faith, I believe we need to act on behalf of these most vulnerable members of society.
Palestinian children living under occupation face crippling daily realities as well as dim prospects for their future a situation that has fueled an escalation in violence in recent months. As the letter states: “The recent attacks against Israelis, including those perpetrated by Palestinian youth, are profoundly disturbing and must be condemned. … At the same time, the root causes of such violent acts must be examined and understood within the context in which they are taking place. Does a life of utter hopelessness and the collective psychological trauma associated with the Palestinian people living for decades under Israeli military occupation directly contribute to the violence?”
Please add your name to this letter.
Rev. Stephen Brackens Brinkley
San Diego, Ca 92101
No more Vetoes!
Especially on Settlements for they are War Crimes
The United States used its veto in 2011 to block a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, and it also rejected a direct UN role in the peace process.
This has had punishing consequences for the Palestinian people who live within the illegally occupied territories and illegitimately blockaded Gaza.
By vetoing the 2011 settlement resolution, Israel has been able to escalate its criminal acts that continue to violate international law, rules of armed conflict and respect for human rights against the Palestinian people.
Under the Rome Statute, settlements in occupied territories are a war crime.
The responsibility is on the United Nations with regard to Palestine in all its aspects in accordance to international law that after 68 years of resolutions, must be mitigated immediately:
- 77+ resolutions against Israel on ethnic cleansing, occupation and war on Palestine have amounted to nothing.
The United States as a permanent member of the UN Security Council must use its power to protect Palestine and its unarmed civilians; as articulated by the laws, resolutions, reports and legal opinions provided below.
Law on illegality of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem
|Settlements are War Crimes||Rome Statute||Article 8(2)(b)(viii) of the International Criminal Court Rome Statute defines “[t]he transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” as a war crime.|
|International law no longer recognizes that a state could acquire title to territory by conquest (1922).||SECURITY COUNCIL
November 22 1967
The situation in the Middle East
Re: Principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war
|Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations requires all members to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations
The Security Council cannot create loopholes in peremptory norms of international law or the UN Charter, and that any use of indefinite language has to be interpreted in line with the overriding legal principles regarding the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war” and the prohibitions on mass deportations or displacement in connection with the settlement of the refugee problem
|Right to Self-Determination
Principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples is among the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations
|Law on occupation and illegal settlements
|International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
12 August 1949
CONVENTION (IV) RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION
OF CIVILIAN PERSONS IN TIME OF WAR
|The applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
U.N.T.S. No. 973, Vol. 75, p. 287
Article 2 states that signatories are bound by the convention both in war & armed conflicts where war has not been declared, and in an occupation of another country’s territory
Article 49 states that the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies
UN Resolutions affirming the illegality of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem
A/RES/70/154 December 2015
|Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 24 November 2015
70/15. Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine
|Reaffirming the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem
Encouraging all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies to ensure respect for their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlements
Gravely concerned over the negative developments that have continued to occur in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including the escalation of violence and any excessive use of force, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries, mostly among Palestinian civilians, including children and women, the construction and expansion of settlements and the wall, the arbitrary arrest and detention of more Palestinian civilians, the acts of violence, vandalism and brutality committed against Palestinian civilians by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, the widespread destruction of public and private Palestinian property, including religious sites, and infrastructure and including the demolition of homes, including if carried out as a means of collective punishment, the internal forced displacement of civilians, especially among the Bedouin community, and the consequent deterioration of the socioeconomic and humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people
|Security Council resolutions that include call Israeli settlements to be in violation of international law||242 (1967) of 22 November 1967
338 (1973) of 22 October 1973
1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002
1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003
1544 (2004) of 19 May 2004
1850 (2008) of 16 December 2008
A/RES/58/292 May 2004
|58/292 of 6 May 2004||Status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
Reaffirming the principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force
Affirms that the status of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, remains one of military occupation, and affirms, in accordance with the rules and principles of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations, including Security Council resolutions, that the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination and to sovereignty over their territory and that Israel, the occupying Power, has only the duties and obligations of an occupying Power under the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949 1 and the Regulations annexed to the Hague Convention respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, of 1907
Expresses its determination to contribute to the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the attainment of a just and comprehensive negotiated peace settlement in the Middle East resulting in two viable, sovereign and independent States, Israel and Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders and living side by side in peace and security
22 March 1979
|The issue of Israeli settlements in the “Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem”|
Resolution 2625 (XXV)
24 October 1970
|“The Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States”||Reiterating the importance of maintaining and strengthening international peace founded upon freedom, equality, justice and respect for fundamental human rights and of developing friendly relations among nations irrespective of their political, economic and social systems or the level of their development|
29 November 1947
|Resolution 181 (II). Future government of Palestine||That it is now 68 years since the adoption of resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 and 48 years since the occupation of Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, in 1967 and nothing has been resolved.|
1 September 2015
|Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine
Report of the Secretary-General submitted pursuant to the request made in resolution 69/23 of 25 November 2014
|“Israel’s violations include, inter alia, continuation of its illegal settlement campaign in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, involving land confiscation, construction of settlements, the annexation wall, Israeli-only by-pass roads and other related infrastructure and the transfer of more Israeli settlers, as well as its military campaign against the Palestinian people, including the 2014 war on Gaza and daily military raids in the West Bank, causing death and injury to Palestinian civilians; destruction of Palestinian homes and property; forced displacement of Palestinians, particularly Bedouin families; exploitation of natural resources, including water; daily arrest raids, resulting in imprisonment and administrative detention of over 6,000 Palestinians, who are enduring inhumane conditions, abuse and torture at the hands of the occupier; policies aiding and abetting settler terror and violence against Palestinian civilians and destruction of property, including agricultural lands and Muslim and Christian holy sites; the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip in collective punishment of the 1.8 million Palestinians there and strangulation of the economy and innumerable other measures of collective punishment against the Palestinian people, all in breach of international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, relevant United Nations resolutions and the 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, and in violation of provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court|
Reports and legal opinions confirming illegality of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem
|Advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004||International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and recalling also its resolutions ES-10/15 of 20 July 2004 and ES-10/17 of 15 December 2006||Recalling in particular relevant United Nations resolutions affirming that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development as well as those demanding the complete cessation of settlement activities
Settlements established by Israel in breach of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Construction of the wall and its associated régime create a “fait accompli” on the ground that could well become permanent Risk of situation tantamount to de facto annexation Construction of the wall severely impedes the exercise by the Palestinian people of its right to self-determination and is therefore a breach of Israel’s obligation to respect that right
|The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)||Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, 5 December 2001||ICRC holds that the establishment of Israeli settlements violate Fourth Geneva Convention
The ICRC also holds that the displacement of Palestinians that may occur due to the settlements also violates Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention
A/RES/70/154 December 2015
|Extreme and detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the Territory, the viability of the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders and the efforts to advance a peaceful settlement in the Middle East|
President Obama: When does enough, become enough?
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
13 April 2016
Dear Mr. President,
When does enough, become enough?
Every single one of your predecessors have requested and/or demanded that Israel stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Beginning with President Lyndon Johnson who stated, “the transfer of civilians to occupied areas, whether or not in settlements which are under military control, is contrary to Article 49 of the Geneva Convention, which states “The occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” Speaking on behalf of President Richard Nixon, Charles Yost, U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations reaffirmed the position of the United States saying that Israel was an occupying power and was governed by international law concerning its actions. President Ford’s ambassador to the United Nations William Scranton said that resettlement of the Israeli civilian population was illegal and an obstacle to any kind of resolution in Palestine.
His successor, President Carter, spelled it out even more succinctly, stating that, “We consider it to be contrary to International Law.” Invoking Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Geneva Convention he stated that they [settlements] are illegal and that [the convention] applied to the territories.” He called this issue an impediment to any successful conclusion of the Middle East peace process. President Reagan supported a settlement freeze by Israel, calling the building of settlements ill-advised and unnecessarily provocative, as they were in no way necessary for the security of Israel.
George H. W. Bush said that U.S. policy was firm and that there “should be no new settlements in the West Bank or in East Jerusalem.” His ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Pickering had already made this statement previously, “Since the end of the 1967 war, the United States has regarded Israel as the occupying power in the occupied territories, which includes the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The U.S. considers Israel’s occupation to be governed by the Hague Regulations of 1907 and the 1949 Geneva Conventions concerning the protection of civilian populations under military occupation.”
President Clinton called the expansion of settlements counterproductive to a solution and would ultimately threaten the security of the Israel, the Palestinians, the Arab states and the U.S., while his successor President George W. Bush, your predecessor, went on record as saying that, “the U.S. has long opposed settlement activity and, consistent with the report of the Mitchell committee, settlement activity MUST STOP.”
That brings us to you, Mr. President. You and your administration. Israel has not given the level of disrespect that it has given to you to any of your predecessors. During the visit of Vice President Biden to Israel, in March of this year, the Israeli Civil Administration’s Head of Government Property signed a declaration according to which 2,342 dunams (580 acres) became the property of Israel. If that is not the height of disrespect, I don’t know what is. Israel has flipped you the bird, Mr. President, repeatedly. They do as they like with impunity. And for their ludicrous behavior they get rewarded?
Mr. President you have stated again and again that the settlement building activities of Israel must stop. Yet they have not stopped, indeed they have escalated at an ever alarming rate. There will come before you (the UNSC) shortly a UN Resolution put forth by the Palestinian Representative to the United Nations regarding these aforementioned settlements. I urge you to do the right thing and put a halt to the illegal settlement activities in the Occupied Territories.
This is your last term, Mr. President, you will be leaving and your legacy will have been established.You have a chance to write your final chapter decisions and base them on standing up for international law and human rights. Don’t miss this opportunity, Mr. President, do the right thing. Stand up for the Palestinian people and stop the robbery and terroristic activities of Israel. God knows the indigenous people have suffered enough.
Reverend Stephen Brackens Brinkley
San Diego, CA 92101 USA