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Letters to the editor: Oct. 6, 2009

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Dear William Herbe,

It is difficult to respond to Glatzer’s op-ed about Israel. This slice of hate speech given to us in our university newspaper is so full of half-truths and outright lies that it is impossible to respond to everything he invents. How can our paper print such nonsense about secret Israeli conspiracies for ethnic cleansing? If it is so secret, how does Glatzer know about it?

From 1948 to present day, Israel has constantly tried to make peace with its neighbors. In the famous Camp David peace talks with then President Clinton, Israel offered Arafat all of Gaza, 98 percent of the West Bank, and half of Jerusalem. The Arab response? Suicide bombing and murder of Israeli babies and pregnant women. In the past few years, Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza & Lebanon (ending the so-called occupation of these areas). The Arab response was to launch thousands of missiles & rockets at school children & civilians in Israel. In 1948, app. 700,000 Jews were kicked out from the Arab countries where they had lived. They have never been compensated. They were absorbed into Israel. On the other hand, app. 600,000 Arabs left Israel to join in the fight against Israel. However, their own Arab brethren never absorbed them into their countries, preferring rather to keep them subjugated in refugee camps so as to be used as a political football against Israel.

The truth is that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Surrounded by 22 Arab dictatorships, Israel is the only country where women have equal rights & where they don’t have to worry about being stoned to death in an “honor killing” if they have been raped. Israel is the only country where gays are free & don’t have to worry about being murdered. It is the only country where the number of Christians is increasing. Twenty percent of the Israelis are Arab citizens with equal rights accorded to all Israelis. It is also a bitter truth that this tiny country of 5 million Jews (in a world with more than a billion Muslims) has been subject to non-stop attacks by neighbors bent on the destruction of Israel by all means possible. Despite all of this, Israel has been in the forefront of advancing green technology & medical breakthroughs for all people on the planet. All a rational caring person can do is to hope and pray for the day when the Arabs will give up their murderous desire to “drive the Jews into the sea”, a day when Jews & Arabs can live side by side in peace, and a day when there will be no war anymore.

-Kenny Jackson

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel Sagal Oct 7, 2009

    Joseph:

    You picked out one line of the entire three paragraphs to respond to and stated that it’s “not that it’s the only falsehood here”.

    Would you mind responding to the other facts for me please? Jews removed from Arab countries. Arabs not accepting their own people? Bombing Israeli schools where there are no soldiers (important to recognize because when Israel fires missiles at Lebanese schools, these school are being used as bases, with children present)?

    I would additionally like to see under your name quoted the following, representing that you genuinely believe this to be true: “The citizens of the Arab countries are in search of peace with the Israelis, rather than war, just as the Israelis are seeking peace as opposed to war.” Do you believe this to be true? Prove it. SAY IT.

  2. Jonathan Mann Oct 7, 2009

    Joseph Glatzer:

    It’s definitely a tragedy that this happened. But, why point out that there was a murder of two gay Israelis. Why mention the ONE instance where two gay Israelis were murdered in the past few years? What does this have to do with propaganda? AND you know what happened? The Israeli Gay Community was ALLOWED to protest… LEGALLY, with Freedom of Speech. As if there aren’t hate crimes anywhere else in the world. Hell, on campus you have those right-wing Evangelical Christians preaching and singing songs with melodies like “it’s not ok to be gay.” Does that mean all of CSUN hates gays?

    With your comment you imply that Israelis are hateful toward gays and that gays are treated as second-class citizens with no rights, when in fact they live freely and in security in Israeli society. One of the best places in the WORLD to be gay. In some countries it is LEGAL to KILL gays, such as in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Do something about that, instead of just sitting quietly and delegitimizing Israel. Go make change in the U.S., go advocate against Prop 8. Why the double-standard toward Israel? It’s as if you try to find every SINGLE flaw that Israel has. No country is perfect.

    You wanna talk about Gay Rights in Israel? Why not give a link to an LGBT group in Israel which talks about gay rights? Afterall, wouldn’t they know best. Gay Rights in ISRAEL:

    Link: http://www.glbt.org.il/contentItems.php?sectionID=673&itemID=606

    Here’s an article you should read, in case you are simply unaware of Gay Rights in other countries. And yes, death is a consequence of being gay in some of these countries.

    Link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Timeline+rights/1896366/story.html

  3. Joseph Glatzer Oct 6, 2009

    Just one thing (not that it’s the only falsehood here, but I found this one irresistible to exploit)

    “Israel is the only country where gays are free & don’t have to worry about being murdered.”

    The name of the article is, “Israeli Gays Left Feeling Vulnerable”, and it’s about the attack on the Gay center in August that killed 2 gay Israeli Jews.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/03/world/fg-israel-attack3

    Apparently you don’t follow the news in Israel (I do daily) and you seem to base your assertions on gut emotion and propaganda you were taught. You seem to just make yourself look silly.

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