Friday, March 20th, 7pm

Bert Sacks Talk

on US Policy in the Middle East

Bert Sacks will be speaking about US involvement in the Middle East, including the US position on Israel/Gaza, and the current state of affairs in Iraq. Sacks traveled to Iraq nine times, from 1996 to 2002. On his last trip he accompanied his congressperson, Jim McDermott, and Representatives David Bonior and Mike Thompson. Sacks also led five delegations of the anti-sanctions group "Voices in the Wilderness" and facilitated three delegations sponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. For a 1997 trip to Iraq to deliver "medicines and toys" to Iraqi children, in violation of U.S. sanctions law, he was fined $10,000 by the U.S. government. His blog has information about his lawsuit against the U.S. government over the fine and various rulings in the case, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has not paid any fine.

Bert has lived in Israel for five years, speaks Hebrew and has worked on kibbutzim and as an electronics and software engineer. He left Israel in 1984 but returned several times, including a 1996 trip with the Compassionate Listening Project -- a citizen diplomacy effort working for reconciliation by understanding both sides of the conflict -- and a 2005 delegation of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility to study the occupation. He sees definite parallels in the collective punishment of economic sanctions on the Iraqi people in the U.S. effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein and the Israeli blockade of humanitarian supplies to Gaza in their effort to overthrow Hamas. When each effort failed, it was followed by aerial bombardment and by military invasion. Both have had disastrous consequences to this day.

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