Thursday, January 11, 2007

Palestinian Sympathy or Anti-Semitism?

This letter to the Editor was in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Jews above criticism?

It is almost impossible for an American Jew to criticize the Israeli government's policy toward the Palestinians without being called anti-Semitic or a self-hating Jew.

I found this out in the 1980s when I wrote an article for a Center City paper called the Welcomat about finding a Jewish temple where my son would not automatically be taught that all Palestinians are terrorists. Vitriolic letters from all over the East Coast lambasted my views.

Jimmy Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, is also reaping tremendous criticism from Jewish groups and individuals. This criticism drowns out the reality of what is happening. Israel says its security fence is to keep out terrorists, but the wall is carving up the West Bank so that Palestinians are cut off from their olive groves, farming fields, water, education and health resources.

If American Jews could only see that Israeli treatment of Palestinians is causing more hopelessness, and consequently terrorism, then maybe they would work against the wall, too. Without justice, there is no peace.

Genie Silver, Wynnewood" (source)

I am so sick of this debate...really. I heard a Holocaust survivor talking about Israel yesterday saying: "They want to keep a postage stamp in the middle of a football field". That's so true...that's what it boils down to.

When you look at the situation with no emotion and only common sense and justice there is no sympathy for the 'Palestinians'. If there is to be a 'Palestine', Arab countries should give back the land they stole and leave Israel's tiny little plot alone. As for the "Holy Places" --the Bible pre-dates the Qur'an. And Hammas won't recognize Israel...yet Jews have been in Israel since 1211 BC and there wasn't even talk of a 'Palestine' until the 1920's.

Enough already...people say the US is the evil empire, but we aren't still killing people over real-estate.

(Picture is the Palestinian celebration on 9/11)

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