Is­rael de­serves praise, not apartheid charges

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Peter Bella is ab­so­lutely spot on in his as­sess­ment of the Is­rael Apartheid Week move­ment (“Is­raeli Apartheid week con­trib­utes to ha­tred,” Web, Feb. 25).

Com­ing at a time when the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment is mas­sacring its own peo­ple, mas­sively aided by Iran; when Chris­tians through­out the Mideast, ex­cept in Is­rael, are in­creas­ingly un­der siege; when flee­ing East Africans are head­ing for Is­rael, and when se­ri­ous hu­man­rights abuses abound around the world, Is­rael Apartheid Week par­tic­i­pants are grotesquely mis­guided.

For more than six decades un­der the guns of its neigh­bors, Is­rael be­came not a gar­ri­son state but a flour­ish­ing democ­racy, an ex­tra­or­di­nary source of tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion and as­sis­tance to de­vel­op­ing na­tions. It is rou­tinely among the first re­spon­ders to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters world­wide, de­spite its tiny size. It de­serves not de­ri­sion but praise.

While the ill-in­formed, overly im­pres­sion­able stu­dents, rad­i­cal fac­ulty and ag­ing ac­tivists at the gath­er­ings make lots of noise, in the end, they have nei­ther the num­bers nor the facts on their side. RICHARD D. WILKINS Syra­cuse, N.Y.

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