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Let history do the talking

Dear Editor:

In her April 2, 2010, letter to The Aspen Times, Sue Gray refers to a handful of “nonviolent” protests by Arabs against Israel and chastises Israel for “violently attacking” these poor demonstrators. Ms. Gray ignores a great many facts. Let me address those that concern violence.

Between 1920 and 2000, Arab terrorists killed more than 2,500 Israelis, including women and children. Thousands more were killed by Arab terrorists between 2000 to 2006, although the rate of terrorist attacks decreased significantly (by approximately 90 percent) after the security fence was erected. Despite this reduction, terrorist attacks have continued to this day. A handful of examples of the thousands of attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists since 2000 include:

– March 27, 2002: While celebrating Passover at the Park Hotel in Netanya, 30 people were killed, 140 injured, by members of Hamas;

– Oct. 21, 2002: 14 people were killed (50 wounded) when a car bomb was detonated by a homicide bomber next to an Egged bus;

– Sept. 9, 2003: Seven people killed (more than 50 wounded) by a homicide bomber at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem, including Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter, who was to be married the next day; Dr. Appelbaum was always one of the first people to arrive at the scene of any tragedy to tend to those who were injured – even if they were terrorists;

– May 2, 2004: a pregnant woman and her four daughters were killed by terrorists;

– March 6, 2008: Eight students, including seven teenagers, were murdered while studying Torah at a yeshiva in Jerusalem;

– July 2, 2008: Three people were killed when an Arab terrorist drove a bulldozer into pedestrians and vehicles in Jerusalem;

– July 16, 2008: Samir Kuntar, one of many terrorists released from prison in Israel in exchange for the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, was hailed a hero by Hizzbolah for killing a 28-year-old man in front of his 4-year-old daughter, then smashing the daughter’s head against a rock with his rifle butt;

– March 18, 2010: Monny, a 23-year-old Thai worker, killed by the fifth rocket attack in Sderot in 48 hours.

Despite Israel’s unilateral decision to pull out of Gaza in 2005, the daily barrage of rocket fire did not stop. The most dramatic reduction in bombing came last year after Operation Cast Lead, when Israel finally decided it had to take action to destroy tunnels through which weapons and materials for making weapons were being smuggled. I witnessed the rocket fire first-hand when I was in Israel two and a half years ago.

Fortunately the first rocket I saw (the fourth of that morning) exploded above our heads as my group stood on a bluff above Sderot overlooking Gaza, 800 meters away. After we left Sderot to have lunch at a nearby kibbutz, another rocket did land, shaking the ground beneath us. The people of Sderot have 15 seconds to find shelter once they hear the sirens; no wonder so many of them – and especially the children – suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unless she wants to live in a world ruled by Sharia law, Ms. Gray needs to open her eyes and her ears: See what Arab terrorists and governments are doing and listen to what they are repeatedly saying: They want to drive the Jews into the sea and they want to rid the world of infidels – unless she converts to Islam, she, like the rest of us, would be considered an infidel.

Anita Rosenfield

Sedona, Ariz.


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