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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News Coverage of Protests

To The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 19, 2012

There were two articles with pictures of protesters in Sunday's Enquirer on pages A6 and A7, titled "Investigating Libyan siege won't be fast, easy for U.S." and "Al-Qaeda calls for more attacks on embassies."

There was also another small article, with no picture, on page A6 titled "Some Libyans express sorrow over killings."

I wish the media would give peaceful people as much coverage as they give violent people.

Martha Eicher, Westwood, OH

Brotherhood: Our Condolences

To The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2012

Today's world is a global village; nations are closer than ever before. In such a world, respect for values and figures-religious or otherwise-that nations hold dear is a necessary requirement to build sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships.

Despite our resentment of the continued appearance of productions like the anti-Muslim film that led to the current violence, we do not hold the American government or its citizens responsible for acts of the few that abuse the laws protecting freedom of expression.

In a new democratic Egypt, Egyptians earned the right to voice their anger over such issues, and they expect their government to uphold and protect their right to do so. However, they should do so peacefully and within the bounds of the law.

The breach of the United States Embassy premises by Egyptian protesters is illegal under international law. The failure of the protecting police force has to be investigated.

We are relieved that no embassy staffin Cairo were harmed. Egypt is going through a state of revolutionary fluidity, and public anger needs to be dealt with responsibly and with caution.

Our condolences to the American people for the loss of their ambassador and three members of the embassy staffin Libya.

We hope that the relationships that both Americans and Egyptians worked to build in the past couple of months can sustain the turbulence of this week's events. Our nations have much to learn from each other as we embark on building the new Egypt.

Khairat El-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood Deputy President, Cairo, Egypt

Students Protest Israel

To U-T San Diego, Oct. 2, 2012

Rabbi David Frank's op-ed fails to mention that Israel has approximately 300 illegal nuclear weapons and is constantly threatening to bomb Iran.

As a former UCSD faculty member and an American Jew, I am delighted to see students and faculty on UC campuses protesting Israel's savage apartheid policies and continual violations of international law. Even today Israel is evicting Palestinians from their homes and razing Bedouin villages, expropriating more and more of what little remains of the Palestinian homeland.

Nor has Israel been "falsely accused of genocide and ethnic cleansing." By now many historians have documented the horrors of the expulsion of 720,000 Palestinians in 1948 from their rightful lands. That crime, which resulted in the theftof 76 percent of Palestine, is explored most fully, in all its excruciating detail, by the courageous Israeli Jewish historian Ilan Pappé in his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. And according to the U.N. definition, ethnic cleansing is, in fact, a form of genocide.

Progressive Americans are finally waking up to the expansionist, racist state Israel has been since its inception, something many Arab Americans have understood all along. No wonder campus protests continue to grow.

Steve Kowit, Potrero, CA

Israel Has No Say

To The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer, Sept. 20, 2012

Is anyone else offended to see U.S. politicians (they are not statesmen) cower in the shadows as Israeli leaders debate, on national TV, what our U.S. foreign policy should be?

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got wide coverage as he pushed President Barack Obama to draw a "red line" for launching military attacks against Iran. …

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