December 12, 2006
Re "How I see Palestine," Opinion, Dec. 8 I served under President Carter in Washington and am ashamed of him now. To speak of the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank without acknowledging that it was constructed in response to a flood of suicide bombings that killed hundreds of innocent civilians is obscene. The Israeli government constructed the barrier to protect its people. Jimmy Carter adds the obligatory disclaimer that he "obviously ... [condemns] any acts of terrorism or violence against innocent civilians."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 |
After an outcry by Jewish organizations, the Los Angeles teachers union revoked plans Thursday by one of its committees to hold a pro-Palestinian rally at union headquarters. The Human Rights Committee of United Teachers Los Angeles had announced it would be a co-host of the rally at UTLA headquarters a week from Saturday, and support a boycott against Israel. After meeting with committee members, union President A.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2005
With your July 14 editorial "Stick to the Here and Now," you have performed a valuable public service by reminding your readers of the grotesque waste of resources involved in the absurd 18-year-long persecution of the L.A. 8. One can only wonder if the FBI agents and lawyers who devoted years to this legal farce might not have better served their country by checking out the internal FBI memos that called attention to the real terrorists who destroyed the...
June 6, 2005 |
The four defendants allegedly called themselves "brothers," members in "the Movement." Today, federal prosecutors will begin trying to prove to a jury that former professor Sami Al-Arian and three others, using Al-Arian's state-funded university as cover, were key figures in a Middle Eastern terrorist organization.
October 19, 2004
Re "Kerry the Clueless," Opinion, Oct. 17: I too have felt at one time, just as Martin Peretz did, that my arm would wither were I to pull the Republican lever on the voting machine. That time has passed and I am wholly on the Bush side of this election. My devotion to Israel and to the survival of the Jewish state are not the paramount reasons for my switch, but they do play a significant role. I was horrified when, during the first debate, John Kerry's plan for Palestinian-Israeli peace was based on a U.S.-European conference where, given past experience, Israel would be sacrificed by the Europeans for Arab oil and to appease the growing European Muslim minorities.
May 11, 2002
Re "Israel, an Indispensable Haven," Commentary, May 8: Walter Reich confuses being anti-Semitic with being anti-Israel. I can be anti-Soviet without being anti-Russian. I can be anti-apartheid without being anti-South African. I can be anti-People's Republic of China without being anti-Chinese. I can be anti-Democratic People's Republic of Korea without being anti-Korean. I can be anti-Saddam Hussein without being anti-Iraqi/Muslim/Arab. I can be anti-Israel without being anti-Semitic.
April 8, 2002 |
Hundreds of demonstrators divided over the Middle East conflict battled in Paris on Sunday during a march against anti-Semitism, attacking journalists and stabbing a police officer before authorities dispersed them with tear gas. The clash at the historic Place de la Bastille occurred on the sidelines of a march by 50,000 people protesting a wave of attacks on Jewish schools, cemeteries and synagogues in France amid escalating violence in the Middle East.
March 14, 2002
Re "Conservative Jewish Groups Have Clout," Opinion, March 10: Michael Massing states that lobbying groups that support Israel have the support of the Bush administration. As Michael Ramirez pointed out in his perceptive cartoon (Commentary, March 9), Europe supports Iraq against U.S. policy (and supports the Arab position against Israel) because of its dependence on oil. The most repressive regimes in the world and the U.N. overwhelmingly support anti-Israel resolutions. Massing seems to feel that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice (all strong supporters of Israel)
September 16, 2001 |
Many Arab countries are reluctant to give unconditional support to a U.S. strike against suspected terrorists because of hard feelings and anti-Western sentiment resulting from the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Support of the Arab community is essential if Washington is to avoid having its campaign against terrorism defined by enemies as a religious struggle by Christians and Jews against the Islamic world.
September 2, 2001 |
Hussein Ibish unfortunately uses the Durban conference as an opportunity to further an anti-Israel political agenda ("Old Slogan Isn't the Full Story," Commentary, Aug. 24). Singling out Israel for attack and politicizing the U.N. Conference undermine the conference's worthy humanitarian mission and deprive the most vulnerable victims of racism of an important opportunity to voice their concerns. It would be tragic to squander the hope and promise of progress in the fight against racism for the sake of a one-sided debate on just one of the world's many political conflicts.