Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Letters to the Editor

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A New Reader in London

THANK YOU very much indeed for your kindness in sending me the last three issues of your excellent magazine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

It is a sad fact that such informed journals are very rarely found, which makes the publication of the Washington Report even more important. I do hope that the magazine becomes even more widely disseminated than it already is. It is only by being provided with such knowledgeable opinion that people can make sound and equitable judgments. Too often, views are formed and decisions made quite erroneously owing to ignorance of what is actually happening in the Middle East. The Washington Report addresses this problem admirably.

My congratulations on the 25th Anniversary of the Washington Report and on the exceptional quality and content of your magazine.

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, London, England

An Activist in Albuquerque

We're a small but active outpost here, and in the last six months have hosted Raed Jarrar, Noura Erekat, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe, Mazin Qumseyeh and (next month) Mona El Farra. We ran a 13-week vigil last summer, during the Lebanon war, and are currently holding a 13-week vigil on No War with Iran. I will send you a photo of the latter that you might include in the "Activisms" section.

Your sophisticated publication should be required reading for every American.

Armen Chakerian, Albuquerque, NM

A Concerned American

I wish I could do more than subscribe. Being on a limited income, it's just merely to support you for your good work. As much as I'm concerned about the Middle East, I'm more concerned about this great nation being mutilated by self-serving. It's a tragedy that this nation will be, like other great nations and civilizations, consigned to history. Keep up the good work and God help you to enlighten the minds of the lost sheep.

Ahmed Jamil, Lackawanna, NY

We thank you all for demonstrating that there are myriad ways to support this magazine and the cause of justice in the Middle East-and here at home. It's an honor to say that we're all in this together.

Imprisoned Fatah Member

The September/October 2006 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the one about the Lebanon war, had a photograph of a young Palestinian woman, a member of Fatah, being led off by Israeli soldiers, with a blindfold around her head. I have been unable to forget this photograph [above]. Can you tell me what happened to her and whether or not she is alright? I don't blame or hate the soldiers, because they were probably just following orders, but if even one hair of her head has been harmed, I will feel a mixture of sadness and anger. Can you let me know if she has been released or what has happened to her.

Paul Denit, District Heights, MD

Bethlehem-based photographer Musa Al-Shaer tells us that as of May 3 Sherin Mohammed Abu Kamel, arrested July 5, 2006, was still being held in an Israeli prison. According to the Israeli human rights group B'tselem, Israel is incarcerating 9,337 Palestinians. Following World War II, by the way, the Nuremburg Commission had this to say about "just following orders": "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him." Indeed, there are many Israeli soldiers and pilots who have refused to violate international law.

Deluge Them With Facts!

I recently read James Abourezk's magnificent review of the recently published historical classic, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, written by the truly "brave and incisive" Israeli historian Ilan Pappé of the University of Haifa [see May/June Washington Report, p. 23]. Pappe's work is brilliant and scholarly, and deserves the widest possible audience. I was personally very disheartened by the neglect of this paradigm-shattering study by the major media. …

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