Is­rael cares

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: June 28 letters “How Helen Thomas was treated.”

One of the let­ter writ­ers said Jews pros­pered in other coun­tries in his­tory. I be­lieve they for­got the Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can in­qui­si­tions, the Cru­sades, Mus­lim con­quests, Euro­pean pogroms and good, old­fash­ioned Amer­i­can racism to­wards Jews.

Re­gard­less, the cur­rent Is­raeli sit­u­a­tion isn’t di­rectly re­lated to pre­vi­ous per­se­cu­tions; we aren’t try­ing to get back at Ger­many, (his­tor­i­cal) Chris­tians or other his­tor­i­cal en­e­mies. We are just try­ing to se­cure a haven for our­selves in the world.

If the reader calls the oc­cu­pa­tion of the “Pales­tinian” territories il­le­gal, then they might as well call Texas and the western United States an “il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion.” In both in­stances, the territories in ques­tion were taken through wars.

The dif­fer­ence is that Is­rael cares enough about the Pales­tini­ans not to mas­sacre them, as we Amer­i­cans did with na­tive Mex­i­can and Na­tive Amer­i­can in­hab­i­tants.

mike Hef­fLer michael.hef­


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