January 10, 1988
In regards to the present situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the territories under the Israeli occupation, I thank you for the continuous coverage and attention. The oppression in South Africa and Central America is equally important to what the Palestinian people are facing in their daily life. In various media coverage, the Palestinian identity is being suppressed and the phrase "Arab resident" is replacing "Palestinian." No future peace can be seen until the Palestinians are given their self-determination and recognition of the PLO as their representatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1988
In response to "Israel's Use-Abuse-of Detention," editorial, Sept. 18: Your editorial recommends that Israel should end the use of extralegal detention in the occupied territories. All factions in Israel would like to do just that. However, Israel has been in a state of war, not of its choosing, for 40 years. It has not only the right, but the obligation, to take steps for its survival. Israel opts for administrative detention rather than the manner of Jordan's dealing with an uprising, i.e., the Black September uprising where thousands were brutally killed.
April 20, 1989 |
U.N. relief officials today demanded that Israel stop using gunfire to quell Palestinian protests. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which aids Palestinian refugees, said 13 Palestinians, six of them younger than 15, were shot to death by Israeli troops in the last week. "We deplore this loss of life and call for a halt to the use of lethal firepower against civilians, young and old," the agency said in a statement issued in Vienna and distributed in Jerusalem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1988
As an educated Pakistani, it appears highly ironic to me that while we are being asked never to forget the heinous atrocities of Kristallnacht and the anguish visited on Jews by Hitler, Israeli soldiers are daily demolishing the homes of Palestinian civilians. In both cases, those whose homes and lives were targeted are shopkeepers and business owners. Will history similarly record the Palestinian tragedy? Or will we sadly echo W.H. Auden when he said ". . . Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return."
March 2, 2003
As one who finds Linda Gradstein's reporting on National Public Radio to be extremely biased against Israel, I was surprised that your article on her reporting ("Caught in the Middle," Feb. 23) pictured her as evenhanded. From my perspective, her reports usually feature Palestinian victims of the intifada speaking for themselves in anguished tones, while Israeli victims are much less likely to be given air time. If one wants to hear a variety of Palestinian leaders spew forth anti-Israeli invective, Gradstein's reports are the only nationwide broadcast in which they are heard so regularly.