My name is Omar Kamel, and I am Egyptian.
I’m not a big fan of watching the news, but I couldn’t help notice all the coverage regarding your victory in the recent elections. In any case, I wanted to know where you stood on things, and despite reasonable positions on some issues, and despite what appears to be a relatively compassionate social agenda, I was shocked to see that your heart stopped short of compassion for the plight of my Palestinian neighbors – when I finally read the text of your speech to AIPAC, I admit, I was horrified.
In any case, and assuming this email has not by now been deleted and ignored, I’m asking you a favor. Low as it may appear to be, I beseech you as a mother, and as a grandmother, to inform yourself more…fairly regarding the situation. I write this as the news also informs me about the recent attack by Israel which killed over 20 people in Gaza, most of them women and children….and I ask you, a stranger whom I have never met and most probably never will, a favor.
I ask that you please read the accompanying document I’m sending you, an article written by the late Professor Charles Black of Yale. A simple document, and a relatively old one, but the truths I believe it contains have remained, unfortunately, relevant to the current situation in the Middle East.
I know you probably don’t have time for this, and especially considering the request comes from a man in Egypt who is most certainly not a constituent – but I spent the first few years of my life in the United States, and I still feel an affinity, and I am very sad for the horrors unleashed upon this world by people who should really know better.
The only guarantee of security, and I say this both to the US and to Israel – to whom you’ve promised support ‘Now and forever‘ – is the cultivation of good will. If the incredible funds used to nurture might were used instead to nurture good will, there would be no such thing as what you consider terrorism.
In any case, I am going off my main topic, and my main request.
As a human being, and a fellow citizen of this planet, I really do hope you could at least read Professor Black’s document.