Lack of un­der­stand­ing

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

I’m a 59-year-old Jewish Amer­i­can who was born in Iran. I have heard Ms. Sarah Gertler’s view­point many times be­fore from well-mean­ing Amer­i­can Jews. They have their heart in the right place. Un­for­tu­nately, they lack an un­der­stand­ing as to the na­ture of the Mid­dle East.

Is­rael has not just been a refuge for Jews flee­ing Nazi per­se­cu­tion. Mil­lions of Jews flee­ing Mus­lim per­se­cu­tion have set­tled there. My fam­ily dates its ori­gins in Iran 2,000 years, but like many other Jews liv­ing in Mus­lim coun­tries we were never ac­cepted. Much of my fam­ily im­mi­grated to Is­rael.

The Mid­dle East is not a mini U.S. Is­rael does what it has to, to sur­vive in an en­vi­ron­ment that does not al­low peace. I have watched as Is­raelis have be­come more and more hard­ened only be­cause ev­ery time Is­rael has made a ges­ture of peace it was kicked in the teeth.

There is much to com­plain about Is­rael‘s be­hav­ior when looked at from Amer­i­can eyes. The rea­son Il­han Omar‘s state­ments are anti-Semitic is that she sin­gles out Is­rael for crit­i­cism. If she was truly in­ter­ested in jus­tice and not be­ing an­tiSemitic, there should have been many regimes on her list to crit­i­cize, mostly Mus­lim.

Shahrad Mabourakh, Plan­ta­tion

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