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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TIME FOR THE U.S. TO PUSH ISRAEL ON PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

To The News Journal, JAN. 19, 2018

On Dec. 31, 2017, the ruling radical-right Likud party in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu's party, passed a party resolution to annex the illegally occupied West Bank.

The West Bank does not, nor has it ever, belonged to the State of Israel. It is not recognized by the international community as being part of Israel, yet it continues to be illegally occupied and the people of Palestine continue to endure widespread and systematic dehumanization through such policies as the imprisonment of Palestinian children and the demolition of their homes.

Netanyahu has said several times he will not allow a Palestinian state on his watch. To seize the West Bank while continuing to deny Palestinian's full human rights will not only eliminate the two-state solution, but will solidify Israel's apartheid rule.

Perhaps it's time for the U.S. to move forward and push for Palestinian equal rights in the one state that exists instead of sending $10 million a day in military aid to support apartheid.

Joan French, Newark, DE

JERUSALEM ANNOUNCEMENT IS NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

To The Tennessean, Jan. 1, 2018

Re: "Jerusalem: The obvious is now the obvious," by Stephen Morris, Dec. 24.

Stephen Morris is "teary-eyed with joy" over Trump's announcement that the American Embassy will move to Jerusalem. But do only the joyous tears of Jews and their Christian allies matter?

What about the sorrowful tears of millions of Palestinians? Apparently, they can be written off.

Israel has already taken a large percentage of the land of Palestine, and continues to nibble away at what remains of the West Bank. What happens now to millions of increasingly homeless and destitute Palestinians, the majority of them women and children?

Is this the "will of God," or yet another nightmarish example of how bad religion and bad politics can create hell on earth?

Christians should remember that Jesus Christ said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." After all, he was born a refugee child in the West Bank.

Michael R. Burch, Nashville, TN

FOLLOWING THAT LOGIC...

To The Bradenton Herald, Dec. 19, 2017

Mr. Trump says that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was meant to increase the chance of peace. It seems logical, therefore, that if he wants to further increase the chance of peace, he should recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

John Steinmeyer, Bradenton, FL

DOES THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REALLY SUPPORT IRANIANS?

To The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2018

While claiming to support the Iranian people, Vice President Pence neglected to mention the devastating impact of the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban and steep cutbacks in refugee admissions.

The Trump administration's policies are discriminatory and based on false claims that people from certain majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, have not been screened. I have worked on hundreds of cases of Iranian asylum seekers and others seeking resettlement in the United States. Many Iranians have been awaiting resettlement in the United States for years, after having undergone thorough vetting by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and multiple layers of screening by U.S. agencies. These include members of persecuted religious minorities such as the Baha'i community and those who have experienced human rights abuses for their peaceful activities. Iranians who had been granted asylum and refugees resettled in the United States have contributed to their communities and to this country in many ways. They are not potential enemies.

I hope that the current administration will correct its harmful policies so that the United States will welcome and truly support those who have suffered repression. …

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