Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

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Showing Bias Against Arabs

To the Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2007

Your editorial ("Scaling the Arab summit") was just another prime example of The Times' bias against all things Arab. Israel's Knesset has a long history of shouting and name-calling and behavior that is charitably called petulant.

With regard to the Palestinians' right to return, The Times readily parrots the Israeli point of view and casually dismisses the rights of those people. The reason Israel will never allow the issue of the right of return to come to the negotiating table is that it would have to face the facts of its war crimes of ethnic cleansing. It only took three years after the end of World War II for Israel to be created. Sadly, nearly 60 years later, the Palestinians are still waiting to receive recognition of their state.

John Zavesky, Riverside, CA

Yes, Let's Be Candid About The Mideast

To The New York Times, March 20, 2007

I agree wholeheartedly with Nicholas D. Kristof. Over the last three years I have witnessed the occupation with my own eyes while filming a documentary in the West Bank.

My heart cries for the Palestinians, but more so for Israel, my home.

Continuing the occupation at the price of committing numerous immoral acts and antagonizing our neighboring countries has my society going backward, becoming internally violent, poor and disillusioned.

Forty years into the occupation, it is hard to see an Israeli government taking the initiative and freeing us from this burden.

A level-headed American friend who keeps in mind the lives, resources and opportunities for growth lost to the occupation is desperately needed.

Eyal Eithcowich, Tel Aviv, Israel

AIPAC Tail Wagging the Dog?

To the San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 2007

First off, let me say I am a Jew and am just as interested in seeing Israel survive as any of these people in the Israel lobby. I am, however, an American first and am concerned about the survival of this country and I believe this group (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is jeopardizing our very survival ("Pelosi stand on war in Iraq bothers Israel lobby," March 14).

I absolutely do not endorse the policies of this benighted organization. It neither speaks for me nor for the majority of Jews in this country. I find their constant lobbying for war in the Middle East utterly repellent.

That its members dare show such disrespect for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because she wants to end the illegal Iraq war is reprehensible. They are pushing the interests of a foreign country over the interests of the United States. They have gained undue power and influence in our government and it is time for this to stop.

Gail Henigman, San Francisco, CA

War, Benchmarks and Oil

To The New York Times, March 19, 2007

I was mortified to read Antonia Juhasz's op-ed article about the proposed Iraqi oil law and to realize that the world's suspicions about oil being the primary agenda of the Iraq invasion were correct.

Now that we have devastated Iraq and killed untold numbers of its citizens, the United States intends to magnify the impact of its malevolent presence by depriving the Iraqi people of the means to rebuild their shattered nation.

The oil law set to go before the Iraqi parliament is radical, and the model has been rejected by other oil-producing nations of the Middle East precisely because of the unfair advantage it offers to multinational corporations.

President Bush has suggested that "they hate us" because we "value freedom." I might suggest that perhaps they hate us for robbing them blind.

Peter Coyote, Mill Valley, CA

No More Oil

To the Chicago Tribune, March 31, 2007

Suppose all the oil in Iraq dried up overnight. Would we still fight to bring democracy there?

Raymond W. Pope, Downers Grove, IL

Can Americans Sacrifice More? …

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