May 27, 2010 |
The Jewish state of Israel is a diverse nation that has absorbed people from more than 140 countries. Among its population are about 1.5 million Arabs, including Israeli Knesset member Ahmad Tibi, who in a May 23 Times interview lashed out at Israel, using inflammatory words like "racist" and "fascist." As is his style, Tibi failed to back up his white-hot rhetoric with hard facts. In 1947, Arab leaders rejected a United Nations resolution to form an Arab state alongside a Jewish one. This caused the displacement of some 600,000 Palestinian refugees.
December 29, 2009 |
In 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian intifada, a new kind of illegal gambling sprang up in Israel: suicide-bombings roulette. The rules were simple: People placed bets on where the next attack in Israel would take place. If you got it right, you could make a killing. Naturally, Jerusalem gave the shortest odds. Betting on a bomb going off there seemed like a sure thing. Still, people ruined their lives getting this seemingly solid prediction wrong. Not as many as those whose lives were directly ruined by the bombings themselves, but there were still enough examples to teach us, yet again, that irrational rage is a tough thing to predict.
August 25, 2009
Disgust greets release Re "Gravely ill Lockerbie bomber wins early release," Aug 21, and "An ugly act of 'mercy,' " Editorial, Aug. 21 I agree that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was disgusting. Even more disgusting was the hero's welcome given to this criminal in Libya, as you reported. That country, where they care so little for innocent human life, should be the target of boycotts. Where are the church leaders and academic groups? Marshall Giller Winnetka, Calif.
February 17, 2009
Re "The kingmaker?" Opinion, Feb. 11 Let me get this straight: It is because of right-wing politics that the peace process has foundered. Right-wing politics. Not Hamas rockets. Not Hezbollah missiles. Right-wing politics. M.J. Rosenberg has confused cause and effect. It is not right-wing politics but a combination of the failed policies of successive governments of all political stripes, Palestinian intransigence and the rise of the Hamas terror state in Gaza that have rendered Israel bereft of left-leaning peace options.
February 7, 2009 |
Portraits of two Israeli Arab politicians, defaced by red Hebrew letters reading "Shame and Disgrace!" flashed on a giant video screen. Jeering erupted in the hall, packed for the tough-talking candidate whose bid to lead Israel is propelled by unease about its Arab minority. Avigdor Lieberman's attacks on Arabs have shaken up the race for parliament and prime minister.
December 8, 2008 |
Israeli police blocked an attempt by Israeli Arabs to sail from Israel to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip with food and medical supplies. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has been stepped up in recent weeks amid a surge of violence. An Islamic group in Israel composed mainly of Arab citizens of the Jewish state organized the aid effort. But police in the port of Jaffa instructed the boat's owner not to set off.