Re "Two Perspectives to Life on Israel's Clock," July 16: If Palestinians and human rights organizations believe that "curfews constitute the collective punishment of innocents along with the guilty," what do they think of homicide bombers who detonate themselves in crowded markets, restaurants and hotels?
Your article on the Israeli curfew in the West Bank captures the pain and suffering of the Palestinian people. Why does the world allow this to go on? If Americans were put under curfew by a foreign power, would they stand for it? If China invaded Taiwan and put the population under curfew, would the U.S. say nothing?
The curfew goes against everything Americans believe, and our government's acquiescence should dishearten us all.
Palestine Media Watch
Re "Will Israel Stay or Will It Go, 2 Sides Wonder," July 14: Unless the Israelis give back the merely 22% of the land that was historic Palestine, there will never be peace. This means a plan for a viable state where the air, water, electricity, borders and everything within currently occupied Palestinian territory is not for Israel; 78% of the land for Israel is enough. Dismantle illegal settlements and stop this madness.
Re "Palestinian Public Has a New Foe," July 14: You are to be commended for bringing readers' attention to the tragic and malicious neglect that the Palestinian Authority has had of its own people. Rather than going toward real education, health care and welfare, the tens of millions of dollars that the U.S. and the EU have sent have instead been spent on villas for the authority's power-hungry leaders, weapons far exceeding the need of any police force and monetary rewards for those who would stifle such information.
Re "Giving the Enemy Its Opening," by Frida Ghitis, Opinion, July 14: What good does it do for Israel to win the wars if it insists on losing the peace? It is time to end the occupation and start working for peace. Let's build schools and hospitals instead of bypass roads and colony outposts. After all, you can't expect the U.S. taxpayer to underwrite this occupation forever.