July 29, 2010
The article "Britain's Cameron calls Gaza a prison" (July 28) quotes Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron: "Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change ... Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp." World leaders and international aid groups continue to condemn Israel's starvation blockade of the civilian population of Gaza, calling on Israel to end, not just ease, their blockade. Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to finance, arm and give political support to Israel, due mainly to our politicians' fear of confronting the powerful pro-Israel lobby.
May 26, 2011
True to form, President Obama began backpedaling from his statement to Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel needs to return to her 1967 borders when he later explained to AIPAC( American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) that his statement was "mischaracterized. " It's hard to know if he is arrogant or just naïve concerning the underlying conflict, or if he is actually less than genuine toward Israel and its fight to survive as the only true democracy in the Middle East and America's staunchest ally.
March 11, 2010
Before the Jewish community of Baltimore accepts Vice President Biden's rebuke of Israel's announcement that it will expand the settlements in East Jerusalem as further evidence that the Obama administration is unsympathetic to Israel, please consider this: • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has advanced his position among his supporters by acting despite apparent American opposition; • Mr. Biden and the Obama Administration advance their political interests by appearing to deny lock-step support for every Israeli action; • America appears to be a more independent broker to the Arab world and to the rest of the world; • Settlements are built and the issue of of further expansion becomes a bargaining chip in negotiations rather than a prenegotiations concession by Israel with no prid pro quo. Israel's "insult" to Vice President Biden -- "shocking" him during his visit by making the announcement of their intention to expand the settlements was, I submit, prearranged.
June 7, 2010
Thank you for publishing the lucid, information-rich op-ed piece by Laila El-Haddad ("Israeli brutality on land and at sea," June 3). Ms. El-Haddad has pointed out the arbitrary nature of the restrictions that Israel imposes upon 1.6 million Gazans. No wheelchairs or paper or children's books. Also, no coriander or house plants. These, and many more banned items, are Israel's means of inflicting collective punishment, a violation of the Geneva Convention. A related topic is the significance of the natural gas reserves that have been discovered off the coast of Gaza and the business negotiations connected with this discovery.
July 2, 2012
Four women who graduated from local high schools helped Israel's women's lacrosse team to victory at the EC12 Festival Championship Friday in Amsterdam. According to the Israel lacrosse website, the team trailed by four goals before rallying to defeat the Global Players club, which is based in the United States, 8-7 in overtime, in the final. Israel had lost to Global Players twice in round-robin competion. Kim Dubansky, a McDonogh and Johns Hopkins graduate who currently serves as an Eagles girls assistant coach, led the team with three goals.
August 26, 2012
Can anyone explain to me why it is OK for Israel to have a nuclear capability and not Iran ("Iran nuclear advances seen," Aug. 24)? Iran has never attacked its neighbors (other than the US-fostered war with Iraq); Israel has attacked all its neighbors and still illegally holds territory in Syria and Lebanon, not to mention Palestine. Israel has actually threatened to use its nuclear power, in its 1973 war with Egypt. Israel admits that Iran, even if it had a nuclear bomb, would not be foolish enough to use it against Israel.