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Be alert to Arab propaganda

In your issue of Wednesday, Dec. 19, Scott Condon reported on the visit to the Basalt High School of the director of the Islamic Center of Denver.

The article includes a portion of the director’s remarks to classes in which he suggests that America is the target of ill will in the Arab world because of its support of Israel.

Unfortunately, Arab countries use America’s support of Israel as an excuse for hateful words and actions toward America. Many experts on the Middle East recognize that the real reason for anti-American sentiments is the Arab media and the teaching of hate that young Arab students receive from the start of their education.

These teachings direct young Arab minds from developing ideas that could advance their people’s human rights, lifestyle, income, education and human freedoms.

By UN resolution, the State of Israel was formed in 1949 on a portion of the land known as the Palestine mandate that was established by the League of Nations. The land area apportioned to Israel was only a small portion of the Mandate and was designated as such by the UN.

Immediately Israel was faced by the armies of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Fortunately this War of Independence was won by Israel.

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At the outbreak of the 1948 War of Independence, the Israelis asked those Arabs living in the portion designated as Israel to stay. Although many did and became citizens of the State of Israel, many left at the urging of their leaders.

Israel faced these same armies in two subsequent wars, the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. After each of the three wars Israel attempted to make peace with the Arabs

As recently as the year 2000, President Clinton attempted to broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and the people who are known as Arab Palestinians.

The Prime Minister of Israel at that time was Ehud Barak. Barak pained for peace and made a peace offer that was unprecedented. That offer, which President Clinton recognized as generous, was turned down by Arafat.

The director of the Islamic Center of Denver, in his remarks to the students at Basalt High, blamed the death of 1.6 million Iraqis, including 900,000 children, on the sanctions imposed by the UN. He does not mention that under the UN sanction resolutions Iraq is permitted to sell oil, providing the monies received are used for food, clothing and medications, nor does he mention that Hussein instead uses the monies for armaments and building palaces.

We Americans must be alert to question the propaganda the Arabi keep spewing forth.

Leonard R. Farber

Snowmass Village