From article: ” “We heard together with you the personal story of our friend Wajeh Abu Zarefa visiting Chicago from Gaza, who shared with you [Sen. Durbin] his ordeal in gaining entry to the US, as well as the suffering that exists for his community living under the blockade in Gaza….So far we have not seen you act to help end the suffering in Gaza.”
Bravo to the faith leaders and advocates. We should all be inspired by your direct personal engagement in this cause – to present a compelling account of conditions in the region directly to your congressman and then make your voices heard in a compelling way when action is not forthcoming. We are presently dealing with our congressman. If there is no action by his office or if his office acts, but, in this case, if the State Department doesn’t act also, isn’t it time to shift to protest mode? There is legitimate publicity value and an example is set. If there were widespread adoption of this model backed by unwavering constituents, I believe good things would happen. Too often congressmen are asked to take stands that are not pro Israel, only to give in to the pro-Israeli pressure. We have some sense that some in congress are beginning to resist that pressure. Everyone, keep at it!