The Florida publication Bizpac Review is leading attacks on Evelyn Garcia, a candidate for the Florida House, because she has stood her ground and dared to criticize the Israeli occupation. In its latest article Bizpac Review says that the Democratic Party should purge Garcia, who has already resigned her membership in the Democratic National Committee because of the controversy. Garcia’s response to that article, sent to us today:
If Bizpac Review wants to continue its attacks on me they should at least get the facts straight. First, what I wrote [in leaked email] was “concentration PRISON camps,” describing the places involuntarily “housing” tens of thousands of Palestinians, many without charge or trial, indefinitely, whose communities are forcibly blockaded by air, sea and land including a Berlin-like wall and apartheid-like tactics like military checkpoints that have forced some pregnant women to die on the roadside for lack of reaching hospital, among other “amenities”.
Second, having resigned all my positions with the Party, I am NOT a member of the Democratic Executive Committee as was falsely claimed.
Finally, for notable quotes I submit the following (with apologies to its author for the comparison):
“I appreciate the anxiety Israelis feel at seeing their neighborhood imploding. But it is also striking that a people for whom the Exodus story of liberation is so central–and who for so long argued that peace will happen only when the Arabs become democratic–failed to believe that the liberation narrative might one day resonate with the people of Egypt and now proclaim that the problem with the Arabs is that they are becoming democratic.”
Thomas L. Friedman, “Is Morsi bad for Israel,” the Palm Beach Post, July 6,2012.