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November 21, 2013 at 6:25 AM
Palestinian people need to accept the permanency of a Jewish state
Columnist Thomas Friedman aptly articulates the complexity and the nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his review of Ari Shavit’s new book, “My Promised Land ” [“Changing the discussion on Israel,” Opinion, Nov. 19].
Indeed, Israel is a miracle of political science: the re-establishment of an ancient nation-state on its ancestral homeland after centuries of exile. Yet, Israel is also in a perilous situation vis-à-vis its neighbors, and the broader tumultuous region at large.
July 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM
Ads are misleading
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) bus ads are misleading and untrue. [“Dueling bus ads reveal under-radar change in Metro’s policies,” page one, July 19.]
The ads falsely assert that the Palestinian Authority is calling for “a Jew-free state.”
Back in 2011, the Israeli prime minister declared that there will be a permanent presence of Israeli soldiers and illegal Israeli settlers (who are Jewish) in any future Palestinian state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not permit that.
Abbas’ stated refusal of what would amount to a permanently “occupied” Palestinian state was taken out of context, and written up in the media as the untruth we see now in AFDI ads. The Palestinian Authority even corrected the false claims.
King County Metro’s policy that permits a public debate of issues on bus ads can be a good thing, as long as the messages are true. Metro policy calls for truth, but says it’s up to advertisers to certify the verity of their message.
Since the AFDI boasted that it bullied Metro into running the ads by threatening a lawsuit, it would be fine poetic justice for Metro to seek damages from AFDI for assuring Metro the ads are true when in fact they are false!
Linda Frank, Tacoma
May 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM
It wasn’t anti-Semitism
Stephen Hawking canceled a conference hosted by the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, held for this June in order to show his support for the Palestinian cause [“Stephen Hawking won’t attend Israeli conference, seattletimes.com, May 8].
His decision is not due to health concerns, as stated by Israeli supporters, but as a way to boycott Israel academically.
However, his decision to boycott provoked outrage and false accusations of anti-Semitism. It is not anti-Semitism; it is the acknowledgment of Israeli oppression of Palestinians and Hawking refusing to be part of it. His decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
David Jeraiseh, Seattle
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