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After Israel recently electing a government that has been described by Al Jazeera News as “the most extremist in the country’s history,” the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer, killing 2,139 Palestinians, reached its first year anniversary on July 8th. The current elected government of Israel includes members that want “a full- scale invasion and reoccupation of Gaza to wipe out the Palestinian factions”.
In your recent op-ed titled “Arab-Jewish co-existence through a Christian military draft”, you state that rather than a dividing force, Arab Christians joining the Israeli Defense Forces would provide “an entry ticket into Israeli society”.
On May 24th, Pope Francis embarked on a three day trip to Israel and the State of Palestine. While in the West Bank, he made an unexpected stop at the separation wall, or “Apartheid wall”, which separates Palestine and Israel. While at the wall, the Pope touched his head and hand on the wall. Although the act was simple in nature, many argued that it implied his solidarity with the Palestinians.
The letter to the editor below was submitted to and published by the Columbia Chronicle in Chicago in their print edition on Monday, December 10, 2012.
By Dima Ansari
The Dec. 27th opinion piece, “Palestinian state would expel Jews,” by Steve Huntley, dismisses key facts and resorts to illogical arguments. Huntley argues that the formation of a Palestinian state would lead to the expulsion of the Jewish residents in the West Bank. Not only does Huntley attempt to support this claim by citing two unofficial representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), but he disregards the fact that these Jewish settlements are deemed illegal by international law because they are on Palestinian land.