The Arab-Israeli Conflict Is Rooted in History, Not Hatred
Frank Gaffney's July 7 commentary, "Remember the Exodus," is fixated on portraying Arabs as Jew-haters. This is his only explanation for the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Not only is this a racist contention, but it's one that ignores historical facts and the context in which the state of Israel came into existence.
The Zionist movement was created with the purpose of establishing a homeland for the Jews. The only problem is that another people, the Palestinians, already lived in Palestine and had been there for centuries before the Jews started trickling in as they fled persecution elsewhere. What people would voluntarily relinquish their homes to a wave of immigrants, regardless of the hardships the immigrants were fleeing?
Does Mr. Gaffney forget that as Jews fled Europe, the United States placed strict restrictions on their immigration while they found safe haven in Palestine? It was only when Zionist designs became clear to the Arabs that conflict broke out and Arabs demanded the curbing of Jewish immigration.
The West's guilt for its treatment of the Jews - including the United States' culpability in closing its borders - should be no justification for the usurpation of Palestinian national and human rights by the Israelis. …