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Letters, Feb. 7

Stand up for justice

The 2/2/19 guest editorial lamenting the erosion of Democratic support for Israel (calling it the Jewish state) gets right to the problem: 21 percent of Israeli citizens are not Jewish ... shouldn’t it be their state, too? If America were the Christian state, Jews would be the first to complain. And yet many of these same folks support Israel as the Jewish state. The word that best describes this is “hypocrisy.”

The fact that Israel deems itself the “Jewish” state explains why they’ve been on a 70-year campaign of ethnic cleansing (the exact words used by Israeli historian Ilan Pappe). In addition, Israel is guilty of apartheid in the West Bank (as documented by the statutory South African Human Sciences Research Council — and no one knows more about apartheid than the South Africans). That’s why BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) against Israel is so important ... it’s the only real hope for justice in Palestine/Israel. Google “Jewish Voice for Peace” for an outlook promoted by Jews who put justice ahead of ethnic/religious allegiance.

Gene Robbins

Ashland

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