Letter: Story drew attention to call for justice in Mideast

Thank you for the story you did on the “End 50 Years of Occupation – Boycott Israel” sign (The Voice, Feb. 3).

It was pretty neutrally presented, shocking with this issue in today’s media. My only complaint is the change in headline from print version “pro-Palestine views” to Web version “anti-Israel views.”

Calling for an end to apartheid in South Africa was not anti-South Africa, but anti-South-Africa-policies. Calling for Egypt to end its dictatorship is not anti-Egypt, as demanding that men end their violence against women is not anti-men. They are calls for justice.

Those kinds of obvious, logical analogies seem sadly lost on many Americans these days.

People who support apartheid in Israel often object to global demands that racism and military occupation there be ended. Many people also objected to calls to end slavery, to giving women the vote, to ending production of nuclear weapons. Luckily, those objections did not silence people who were working toward those ends.

What is wrong with calling for an end to racism, an end to suffering?

Are Palestinians not entitled to the same decent lives we want for ourselves? How else might we even out the massive imbalance of power that prevents real movement toward peace?

Marianne Torres



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