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Her muse is hatred

Dear Editor:

Why does Cathleen Krahe distort, fabricate and tell half the story (“Israel bully Arabs,” letters, July 27, 2011, The Aspen Times)?

She doesn’t mention that Jews (about 800,000) living in Arab countries were forcibly exiled from Arab countries, their property seized. A majority of these exiled settled in Israel. Anyone interested check for yourselves to see what rights the Palestinians have in Lebanon, Syria, Saudi, and many other Arab nations. Jews aren’t even allowed into Saudi Arabia. And never in the history of the territory in dispute has there been a nation-state that wasn’t Jewish. The territory was the protectorate of other colonial nations or empires, but it was never a Palestinian (Arab) state.

Krahe also forgets to mention Israel was invaded by the armies of six Arab nations: Egypt, Syria, Transjordan (later Jordan), Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In addition, local Arab Palestinian forces also fought the new state of Israel and tried to push them into the sea, but failed.

Moreover, the poll linked just below is useful in showing that Israeli Arabs want to retain Israeli citizenship even if there is a Palestinian state. Let’s be clear: This means Israeli Arabs choose to remain in Israel because they are integrated citizens, free to worship any way they please. Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that enables such freedom.

As for historic Palestine, from “Myths of the Middle East,” Joseph Farah, Arab-American editor and journalist: “Palestine has never existed as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of one percent of the landmass. But that’s too much for the Arabs. They want it all. And that is ultimately what the fighting in Israel is about today. … No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough. How Did the Land of Israel Become ‘Palestine?'”

Melanie Sturm’s column was spot on (“On Israel, Americans aren’t Mad Hatters,” July 21, 2011, The Aspen Times). My guess is that Cathleen Krahe’s letter is inspired by hate.

Jerome Marks