Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My letter to the New York Times RE "Israel and the Apartheid Slander"

RE: Israel and the Apartheid Slander

Dear Editor,

Judge Goldstone objects to what he calls "Apartheid Slander"... so what exactly are we to call what Israel has been doing to the persecuted, impoverished and displaced people of historic Palestine as the largest, long running refugee crisis in the world today continues on unchecked with Israel freely demolishing Palestinian homes and usurping Palestinian land?

What exactly should we call Israel's willingness to generously subsidize Jewish "religious scholars" or Israel's extensive investments in Jews-preferred institutions, neighborhoods and policies ?

And how exactly should we refer to Israel's sovereign tendency to empower religious extremism on both sides of the conflict?

I am all for promoting peace and a more civilized dialog- I am all for stopping the hate mongering and the bigotry and the violence on every side. I am also all for a two state solution to once and for all end the Israel/Palestine conflict.... but it has to be a fully secular two state solution. Citizens should not be forced to endure religious tyranny of any type.

Anne Selden Annab
America homemaker & poet


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