Letter to the Editor

Unrest in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I recently read a letter to the editor written by a local Rabbi full of Muslim bashing and the same old tired rhetoric full of scapegoating and fear mongering. Can't he figure out that the American people are tired of all this and have figured out this fear mongering propaganda their people are propagating?

He then concluded his letter with the "It's not all Israel's fault" statement. However, he failed to mention the 339 United Nations sanctions against Israel since 1948. He failed to mention the invasion and capture of Palestinian lands that have been Palestinian lands for generations and generations -- the destruction of farms, the cutting down of orchards, the bulldozing of homes, the diversion of water sources and the thousands of illegal settlements built in these occupied territories. He failed to mention the UN banned use of white phosphorous bombs dropped on Gaza and the UN banned cluster-bombs dropped on souther Lebanon in 2006, which went on for four days after a cease-fire treaty was signed. He failed to mention the Nov. 10 Israeli army attack on a Palestinian neighborhood known as al-Shoja'iya where 52 citizens were wounded and seven children killed, children whose only crime was they happened to be out playing soccer that afternoon.

There is some good news however. Yehuda Kurtzer, an influential American Jewish scholar and president of the New York based "Shalom Hartman Institute of North America," recently published the results of an extensive study. These results state that even American Jews are distancing themselves from Israel's war-mongering, zionist Likud Party, lead by butchers Benjamin Netamyaho and Ehud Barak. Even the American Jews realize their will never be peace in the MidEast until the building of these illegal settlements on occupied lands cease and Israel retreats to the pre-1967 borders.

Finally, members of the "American Jewish Voices for Peace Rabbinical Council" stated, "we are deeply troubled by the unconditional U.S. military aid supplied to Israel, due to war crimes and human rights violations committed against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli defense forces."

Obviously, not all Rabbis got the message.

Saul Greenberg