Anti-Is­rael rant wrong

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Sarah Gertler’s anti-Is­rael rant is not only bi­ased with con­fronta­tional lan­guage (Zion­ism cre­ated “an im­pe­ri­al­ist strong­hold,” the U.S. pro­vides re­sources to “vi­o­lently op­press im­pov­er­ished Pales­tini­ans”), but is plain wrong on his­tory and facts.

While claim­ing that “Is­rael’s war of in­de­pen­dence led to the Nakba, an in­va­sion driv­ing 700,000 Pales­tini­ans from their homes,” she ne­glects to in­form that the “in­va­sion” was car­ried out by five Arab states, who sought to de­stroy the nascent State of Is­rael, law­fully cre­ated by the United Na­tions.

Gertler ne­glects to in­form that the “Is­raeli block­ade,” for which “Pales­tini­ans in Gaza can’t af­ford even the gas to cook their food,” was jointly im­posed with Egypt af­ter Ha­mas, a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion that seeks to de­stroy Is­rael, took con­trol of the Gaza Strip and ousted the le­git­i­mate Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity.

Gen­uine crit­i­cism of Is­rael’s poli­cies is fine, but not when it is based on false­hoods and mis­state­ments.

Jonathan Ru­bin, Deer­field Beach

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