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April 20, 2011
I agree with Laila El-Haddad that the Palestinians have been betrayed by Judge Richard Goldstone ("Palestinians betrayed by Judge Goldstone," April 18), but I might add that they have been betrayed by others as well, particularly the Obama administration. The Obama administration recently jumped at the opportunity to attack Moammar Gadhafi's government in Libya, and even had the audacity to claim it was to protect the civilian population. Does anyone remember hearing a peep out of Obama -- or anyone else in the administration -- when Israel was decimating Gaza and its civilian population during Operation Cast Lead?
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NEWS
August 15, 2014
Pro-Palestinian activists in many countries recently have been actively protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza. They burn Israeli flags, throw stones at synagogues, call for academic boycotts of Israel's universities and shout "death to Israel and Jews" ( "Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza," Aug. 11). How about a demand for Hamas to stop launching thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians since 2005, the year when Israel left Gaza?
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NEWS
November 15, 2012
Palestinians have been firing dozens of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel recently, hitting cities and civilians ("Palestinians to seek elevated status in U.N.," Nov. 13). Yet not much attention has been given to the fact that Israeli families who have been living in constant fear of terror attacks and rockets from Gaza are now hunkering down in their bomb shelters. The media and the international community seemed to ignore the constant rocket attacks on civilians by Hamas, a terrorist organization that receives money and weapons from Iran.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
As someone who protested the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I read with sadness your report on the Maryland National Guard's scheduled departure for that country ( "Md. National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan," Aug. 6). The money wasted in Afghanistan on military madness could have been used in Baltimore and other cities to keep open recreation centers and fire stations and to protect the pension funds of government workers. I sincerely hope the members of the Guard return safely, unlike what happened to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
NEWS
March 16, 2014
You published yet another misleading letter which claimed that the so-called "Palestinians" are the "actual victims" ( "American Studies Association debate ignores the real victims," March 13). There are 1 million Israeli citizens in the south of Israel who have been living in bomb shelters or within a 15-second dash of one for a decade now because "Palestinian victims" have been firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas for years. Over 50 rockets landed in Israeli towns just this week - a war crime if ever there was one. Who is the victim there and who is the criminal?
NEWS
May 11, 2012
The Rev. James W. Dale suggests that "The harder way, I believe, is the way of continuing to demand that both sides must come to the table if there is ever to be a lasting peace with justice" ("Choosing to stay engaged," May 4). This in contrast to pressuring Israel through divestment from Israeli companies profiting from the occupation. Unfortunately, the Palestinians have endured many, many years of "coming to the table," with the only result being more and more confiscation of their land and water resources.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Very few things unite Democratic and Republican senators in Washington. But unfortunately, one thing that does is attacking the human rights of Palestinians. And now they're are at it again. This time in the form of an anti-Palestinian amendment sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez, John Barrasso and Lindsey Graham that would punish the government of Palestine for seeking United Nations recognition and heavily sanction it if it petitions the International Criminal Court for Justice.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
Your editorial suggesting that United Nations recognition of Palestine will put pressure on Israel to resume peace talks is a naive repetition of the myth that Palestinians actually want peace with Israel ("Pressure on Israel to negotiate," Nov. 30). The Palestinian charter calls for the destruction of Israel, not "living side by side in peace" with it as you state. The charter of Hamas is even more explicit. How can you negotiate with an entity that has sworn your destruction?
NEWS
July 10, 2014
The Sun's concern that "what has been a conflict between the Jewish state and aspirations for a Palestinian one is turning into a war between the Israeli and Palestinian people" wrongly presumes that the core of the Israeli-Arab conflict has been the Palestinian struggle for statehood ( "A dangerous turning point in Israel," July 8). If that truly was the case, the Palestinians would have accepted the 1948 partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states or would have created a state in the West Bank and Gaza prior to Israel's occupation of those areas in 1967 or would have accepted the opportunities for statehood offered by recent Israeli governments.
NEWS
May 24, 2011
It's unlikely Obama will ever "sell out" Israel. However, he is doing some much-needed consciousness-raising. The American people have been brainwashed for over half a century about the facts surrounding the creation of the state of Israel and its current expansionist policies, such as the settlement push, that have infuriated the country's neighbors. Frankly, I have tired of the Middle East altogether and just wish my tax dollars could be spent elsewhere. I've watched the U.S. shell out trillions to countries halfway around the world when the entire region would have been better off without our meddling.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
Wonderful article by Caroline Poplin ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). As a Palestinian American - one of the "moderates" she mentions - I know that it is vital for Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace. Many people I speak to express hopelessness about the situation, but I believe peace is not only achievable but inevitable. Leaders on both sides must take a hard look at how this continuing unresolved conflict is destroying a generation of young people on both sides and do what is needed to end it. It's not too late for peace.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Commentator Adil E. Shamoo's anti-Israel views are beyond ridiculous ( "Israel's unjust war," Aug. 1). Fact: Israel removed itself from Gaza a decade ago, and even tore down settlements. How is this occupation? Israel was rewarded by Palestinians importing weaponry and cement for "homicide tunnels. " Fact: Israel has engaged in peace negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but unfortunately, Mr. Abbas has no influence with Hamas. Fact: Hamas places no value on the lives of its own citizens, since it launches rockets from heavily populated areas of Gaza.
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By Caroline Poplin | August 7, 2014
I am a Jewish American and have always considered myself a Zionist. As someone born shortly after World War II, I know how great a difference the founding of Israel, an independent Jewish state embodying Jewish values, made for all Jews everywhere. We all walked a little taller, felt a little safer. The disappearance of Israel would be a disaster of incalculable proportions, not just for the Israelis but for all of us. Israel is still fighting yesterday's war, however. It cannot win this way, and when it does not win, it loses.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee, on Friday issued a statement on that body's approval of $225 million in aid to Israel. In part, Senator Mikulski wrote, "It's crucial that Israel has the opportunity to defend itself while others are working on cease fires or political solutions. " She further wrote that these tax funds will save the lives of Israeli civilians. My question to Senator Mikulski is simple: Is it her position that the lives of Israeli civilians are more valuable than the lives of Palestinian civilians?
NEWS
By Adil E. Shamoo | August 1, 2014
Today's talking heads regularly parrot the line that Israel has the right to defend itself, as if the Palestinians occupy Israel and are dominating it with the best military in the world. Then, the undeniable implication, Israel's incursions and bombardments are "just" in other words, a "just war. " In this case, one man's "just war" is another's ethnic cleansing. Do the Palestinians have no natural right to defend themselves from the onslaught of Israel's military, from 50 years of occupation, death, poverty and despair?
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Justin Myers stepped out of Penn Station in Baltimore on Wednesday evening to find two groups of protesters chanting, waving flags and blocking traffic. Hundreds of pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters were out to support their respective sides in a decades-long contest that has grown increasingly violent in recent months. As he waited for a cab to take him to visit his parents, Myers, 36, of Washington, D.C., looked out on the scene. "With the news, I guess I'm not completely surprised," he said.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Letter writer Eric Rozenman concludes that the Palestinian "celebration" of the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month is noteworthy because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly announced his regrets and said the perpetrators would be brought to justice ( "Sun offers false equivalence between Israelis and Palestinians," July 11). Further, Mr. Rozenman concludes that the Arab rejection of a "two-state solution" over the last several years is evidence that the Palestinians would rather engage in conflict than have peace.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
Israel and the Palestinians are on a collision course this week, as the government of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas prepares to unilaterally seek United Nations recognition of an independent Palestinian state. If Mr. Abbas goes through with his plan, it would force the U.S. to use its veto on the Security Council to block the proposal, which it has promised to do - but which would also leave it in a far weaker position to influence events in the region. U.S. officials are desperately hoping to avoid such an outcome, but at this point the best they may be able to do is limit the damage.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
Recent anti-Israel rants in your Letters to the Editor column inadvertently show why Israel's existence is so important ( "Israel is a failed state that should be dismantled," July 22). To many people, Jews have no right to exist, not even in the sliver of the Middle East that has been their historic homeland for 3,000 years. Even a cursory glance at the charters of the PLO, Hamas and other groups, many dating from before the so-called "occupation," make this clear. Does anyone doubt what would happen if the Palestinians and their friends were to take over Israel?
NEWS
July 28, 2014
How nice to learn that thanks to its "Iron Dome" air defense system, Israel has been spared civilian deaths and all but "minimal damage" by Hamas rockets ("'Iron Dome' worth the aid," July 22). Also heartwarming is the information that since 2011, with both American parties rallying around Israel, our Congress has approved $700 million to bolster that nation's defense shield. The icing on the cake, as commentator Robert Pines points out, is that our investment has paid off in another way: Much of the U.S. money going toward Israel's defense will now come back to this country because Israel has agreed to let American firms manufacture the Israeli Dome.
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