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Seeking perspective

Dear Editor:Once again, I never condemned the Jewish Bible. I simply made an observation. One only has to read Deuteronomy 3 to prove that my statement was no mere interpretation. Here’s an excerpt: “So the Lord our God delivered into our hands the king of Bashan, and all his people … and we took all his cities … threescore cities … and we utterly destroyed them … destroying the men, women, and children of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for ourselves. And we took … the land that was on this side of Jordan.”My aim in asking if this might be a factor in the Palestinian issue was to understand the perspective of Israeli Jews, so that a solution might be found to end the horrible violence experienced by both Arabs and Jews in Israel. Now really, does that make me anti-Semitic?Clearly, there are some very bitter and confused people arguing for Israel (which is like arguing for white South Africa’s apartheid of indigenous blacks) who refuse to do even the minimal amount of research required to uncover the truth. Instead, they rely on ridiculous Zionist propaganda to assuage their guilt in allowing the genocide of the Palestinian people to continue. The statement that Israel was “attacked by Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967” is utterly false. It was Israel that attacked its Arab neighbors. In 1973, Egypt and Syria attempted to regain the territories that Israel had stolen from them and occupied since 1967. The Middle East peace process has not been stymied by the Palestinians refusal to comply, but by Israel’s refusal to end their illegal occupation of Arab lands.As to Arab rights in Israel, the “Law of Return” grants every Jew automatic Israeli citizenship and legal residence anywhere they desire at the expense of the Arab people who have lived on the land for generations. Over 100 Palestinian villages inside Israel are not officially recognized by the Israeli government, which prevents the residents from repairing their homes or building new ones, and withholds basic services such as drinking water, electricity and health clinics.The truth of Israel’s intentions is apparent in its actions which have been extensively documented in 68 U.N. resolutions condemning Israel’s unlawful military attacks on neighboring countries, the demolition of Palestinian homes and confiscation of their land, the establishment of illegal settlements and refusal to abide by Geneva Convention rules protecting civilians. Israel has amassed more resolutions condemning their human rights violations than any other nation and has defied every one of them. Coupled with the fact that Israel has refused to allow UN inspections of its WMD program, Israel’s crimes far outweigh even Iraq’s. Those who accuse me of being an apologist for a brutal regime while supporting the most brutal regime in the Middle East should look in the mirror. Or better yet, read Leviticus 19:17: “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt not in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.” Sue GrayCarbondale

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