Let NATO enforce Israel's withdrawal from occupied areas...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 04, 2001

Let NATO enforce Israel's withdrawal from occupied areas

Thomas Friedman wants the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza to end, not because the Palestinian people have a right to live in freedom and govern themselves as all other people do, but because the occupation poses demographic and military problems for Israel ("Let NATO control West Bank, Gaza," Opinion Commentary, Aug. 28).

His solution, based entirely on the Israeli point of view and the racist assumption that Palestinians are unfit for self-government and independence, is "for Israel to turn these areas over to NATO" - and replace Israeli colonialism in Palestine with NATO colonialism.

The whole scheme seems to be a ploy to enable Israel to keep whatever it wants of the occupied territories, jettison the Palestinian population and have NATO enforce its dictates, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the Camp David proposals the Palestinians rightly rejected.

If NATO is used to enforce anything, it should be to enforce international law, which insists that the Israeli occupation end completely - not to solve problems for Israel but so the Palestinians might finally live, as Americans and others do, as free people in their own country.

Hussein Ibish

Washington

The writer is communications director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Here's an idea: Why can't Thomas Friedman convince the Israelis to implement U.N. Security Council resolutions in withdrawing from all the West Bank and Gaza, share Jerusalem as two capitals for two nations, accept its moral responsibility to the Palestinian refugees and commit to live in peace with a viable, independent Palestinian state.

I am pretty sure the Palestinians would accept this and commit to live in peace with Israel.

N. Jabaji

Baltimore

Jerusalem, not West Bank, is real key to Mideast peace

Thomas Friedman wrote an excellent column arguing for NATO control over disputed Mideast areas ("Let NATO control West Bank, Gaza," Opinion Commentary, Aug. 28).

However, Mr. Friedman neglected to mention the key sticking point in most negotiations: Jerusalem.

Instead of international control over the West Bank and Gaza, there should be third-party control of parts of Jerusalem, specifically the Temple Mount.

That's where the latest intifada started, and it is one site where neither side will give in. But the area could become an international city.

Only when the Jerusalem question is answered will peace be an option

Danny Jacobs

Owings Mills

Sun lambastes prosecutors as it downplays victories

As a deputy state's attorney in Baltimore, I am experienced at working with the media.

That's why, when I picked up The Sun Aug. 22, I was surprised to find the story of the conviction of 13 members of a violent drug organization buried in the Maryland section ("Prosecutors claim breakup of east-side drug ring").

I am disturbed again and again by The Sun's willingness to lambaste our office for its few failures on the front page, while seldom printing the news of our many successes.

I hope that in the future, we will see more balanced and objective reporting from The Sun.

Haven H. Kodek

Baltimore

Resist legal protection for sinful behavior

It would seem from all the articles on gay rights that gays are the only ones with rights. What about the rights of born-again Christians who believe that homosexual behavior is a sin - after all, isn't America the country of religious freedom?

The gay-rights backers would have you believe that if you believe in the Bible you have to be a bigot. But the Bible tells us to love the sinner but hate the sin.

While no one should be against treating all God's people with love and respect, we do not need a law to legalize sin.

Christians must stand in the gap for what they believe in.

Carl Brown

Baltimore

Opposition to equal rights for any group is bigotry

I have just one question for Gregory Kane: If "opposition to gay rights is not evidence of bigotry," is opposition to the rights of African-Americans evidence of bigotry? ("Opposition to gay rights is not evidence of bigotry," Aug. 25).

In my book, opposition to the rights of any group is bigotry.

Phil Cooper

Baltimore

More seniors should join in the fun found online

Many thanks to The Sun and Larry Atkins for the column about seniors using computers ("More seniors should become `geezer geeks,' " Opinion Commentary, Aug. 24).

Now in my 80s, I have been a self- taught computer user for more than 10 years. Every day I browse the Internet for information and fun and write e-mails to my many friends around the world.

I live in a retirement home and offer a free computer course to fellow residents. So far, less than a handful have signed up; so I'll post the article on the bulletin board in the hope it will stimulate others to learn how to share in the fun I enjoy.

Charles J. Scheve

Towson

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