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September 20, 2011
I was disappointed with the genuflection of your editorial opposing U.N. recognition of an independent Palestinian state ("A painful veto," Sept. 19). The U.S. should support membership in the U.N. for Palestine. What are The Sun and President Obama thinking about otherwise? Doesn't the U.S. support the right of self-determination for all people in the world? Having a voice in the U.N. General Assembly is part of that process. Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years.
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By Cal Thomas | March 8, 2014
The Obama administration is showing it can be tough on foreign policy. Unfortunately, that toughness is not directed at Russia and its incursion into Crimea, but at Israel, America's ally. In an interview with President Obama, prior to the Washington arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg.com writes that the president planned to tell Mr. Netanyahu "that his country could face a bleak future -- one of international isolation and demographic disaster -- if he refuses to endorse a U.S.-drafted framework agreement for peace with the Palestinians.
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NEWS
November 2, 2011
The U.S. sacrifices its own best interests with punitive laws that require defunding of vital U.N. groups who dare to recognize Palestine as a state ("UNESCO vote on Palestine shuts off funding from U.S.," Nov. 1). There can be no clearer example of the baleful influence wrought by our unconditional support of Israel — the "excessive entanglement" in foreign countries that George Washington warned about. The Obama Administration claims the UNESCO vote was a blow to U.S. efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiation table.
NEWS
November 28, 2012
In his commentary, Rafael Medoff compares the British occupation of Palestine in the 1930s with today's events, but the circumstances of today vary from then ("Bombs in Palestine, then and now," Nov. 26). This would include mentioning the Israelis dying and living in bunkers from shellings over the years, as well as the Palestinian frustration with the blockade and the Israeli retaliation for bombing Tel Aviv from locations placed in the middle of the Palestinians highly populated civilian areas so their people bear the brunt of the effort to eliminate those weapons.
NEWS
September 23, 2011
Reader Christopher Boardman should check his facts before he writes that "Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years" ("No reason to deny recognition to Palestine," Sept. 20). What land? The United Nations awarded Israel part of its ancestral homeland in 1948, and the surrounding Arab countries instantly attacked the tiny new state. Why should the U.N. now turn around and give recognition to people who have done nothing but try to annihilate Israel ever since?
NEWS
October 6, 1993
The most hopeful aspect of the 43-nation consortium that pledged $2 billion aid over five years to economic development in embryonic Palestine is that Saudi Arabia promised $100 million in the first year.Since autonomy was agreed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, this aid is not only tacit recognition of Israel but of the PLO as well. Cautious Saudi Arabia never recognized Israel, but it funded the PLO until the latter supported Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Following that, Saudi Arabia, always afraid of subversive elements in Arab society that might destabilize its own kingdom, consigned the PLO to perdition.
NEWS
January 23, 1996
THE LANDSLIDE election of Yasser Arafat as president and of 88 council members gives legitimacy to the Palestinian Authority, which was established by agreement of Israel and the PLO. Mr. Arafat's Fatah faction will dominate the council. But that group will have real independents and oppositionists, some endorsed by the extremist group, Hamas, which declined to run its own slate. It will also include women.This was not a picture-perfect election. Since arriving in vTC Palestine, Mr. Arafat has shown authoritarian instincts, used secret police against critics and intimidated the press.
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By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN STAFF | June 23, 1997
Fifty years ago, a converted Chesapeake steamer left the Baltimore harbor with a mysterious mix of credentials and cargo: a Honduran registry, an official destination of China, a load of canned food, medical supplies and diapers.It was a secret voyage supported largely by local people. But it was headed for something that would change the face of the Middle East: a showdown in international waters that would help create the state of Israel and produce a best-selling novel and movie.That maritime saga was replayed in the waters off Baltimore yesterday in a 50th anniversary re-enactment of Exodus 1947.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 12, 2001
UNITED NATIONS -- By uttering one name -- Palestine -- President Bush set in motion this weekend a new American effort to end more than a year of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed. His call Saturday for a Mideast peace that provides for two states, Israel and Palestine, to live peacefully side by side was a carefully planned and long-anticipated declaration of the Bush administration's hope for a settlement to end a half-century of conflict in the region. "The president used it [the name]
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 5, 1997
"Exodus 1947" is a real-life "Mission Impossible" that starts with a broken-down, Chesapeake Bay steamer in Baltimore and ends with the birth of a new nation in Palestine.Along the way, there's a deadly blockade of British gunships, 4,500 refugees from Hitler's European death camps, freedom fighters from the Haganah and the heroism of a crew of Jewish men in their 20s and 30s, many of whom had never even been to sea."Exodus 1947," which is co-produced by Maryland Public Television and airs at 10 tomorrow night, is a documentary you don't want to miss.
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By Rafael Medoff | November 26, 2012
Bombs falling on Arab neighborhoods ... Homes demolished ... Civilians killed or wounded ... Soldiers shooting at anything that moves. That may sound like a description of the past week's violence between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. But in fact, it comes from the letters and diary of a Baltimore teacher who volunteered to spend a year at a Quaker school in British-ruled Palestine in 1938-1939, only to find herself in the middle of a war between Arab terrorists and the British army.
NEWS
November 14, 2011
As you've no doubt read, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy was overheard telling President Obama that he "cannot stand" Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he believes the Israeli leader is a "liar. " While national leaders do not always get along, these are unusually strong words. And they are deeply disturbing. Furthermore, these words raise the troubling possibility that President Sarkozy's personal animus has influenced French policy. Remember back in September, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful defense of his nation and direct negotiations before the United Nations.
NEWS
November 2, 2011
The U.S. sacrifices its own best interests with punitive laws that require defunding of vital U.N. groups who dare to recognize Palestine as a state ("UNESCO vote on Palestine shuts off funding from U.S.," Nov. 1). There can be no clearer example of the baleful influence wrought by our unconditional support of Israel — the "excessive entanglement" in foreign countries that George Washington warned about. The Obama Administration claims the UNESCO vote was a blow to U.S. efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiation table.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
Like most such dialogues, the recent discussions about Israel and Palestine at the U.N. ignore international treaty law ("Bid for statehood may end," Sept. 21). Jews were given legal and political rights to what is now called Palestine in 1920, when the four principal allied powers of World War I - Great Britain, France,Italy and Japan - formalized the Balfour Declaration at San Remo, Italy. Arab representatives agreed to this in exchange for recognition of their territorial claims in Mesopotamia and elsewhere.
NEWS
September 23, 2011
Reader Christopher Boardman should check his facts before he writes that "Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years" ("No reason to deny recognition to Palestine," Sept. 20). What land? The United Nations awarded Israel part of its ancestral homeland in 1948, and the surrounding Arab countries instantly attacked the tiny new state. Why should the U.N. now turn around and give recognition to people who have done nothing but try to annihilate Israel ever since?
NEWS
By Ariel Ilan Roth | September 21, 2011
This week, the Palestinians will petition the U.N. Security Council for admission as a full member state. Admitting Palestine would be a nightmare for Israel and a serious problem for the United States. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama made the wrong decision in declaring Wednesday that the U.S. will oppose the Palestinians' bid for statehood. Admitting Palestine as a full member state of the U.N. threatens Israel because it means that Israel's military forces stationed over the "Green Line" that separates the two entities will be an army occupying an internationally recognized, sovereign state.
NEWS
April 28, 2008
Yossi Harel, 90 Ship commander Yossi Harel, the ship commander whose attempt to bring Holocaust survivors to Palestine aboard the Exodus 1947 built support for Israel's founding, has died. Mr. Harel's daughter Sharon said he died Saturday of cardiac arrest at his home in Tel Aviv. Mr. Harel commanded four expeditions that brought thousands of refugees to the shores of Palestine, his daughter said. But the best known was that of the Exodus 1947, a ship that left France in July 1947 carrying more than 4,500 people -- mostly Holocaust survivors and other displaced Jews -- in a secret effort to reach Palestine.
NEWS
September 20, 2011
I was disappointed with the genuflection of your editorial opposing U.N. recognition of an independent Palestinian state ("A painful veto," Sept. 19). The U.S. should support membership in the U.N. for Palestine. What are The Sun and President Obama thinking about otherwise? Doesn't the U.S. support the right of self-determination for all people in the world? Having a voice in the U.N. General Assembly is part of that process. Palestine has had its land stolen without compensation for years.
NEWS
July 19, 2011
The article "Social networks as a grass-roots approach to Mideast peace" ( July 18 ) misses the point when it lists the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's core issues as "...mutual recognition and respect, ideology and dignity. " In fact, there are four key issues involved: borders, settlements, refugees and Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to even discuss, much less negotiate, any of these issues. Instead, what Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land and water in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem while maintaining its strangulation blockade on the civilian population ofGaza.
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