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No basis for claims

Is the editor of the letters desperate for submissions or simply negligent?

Why would a letter be accepted for publication that on the face of it has no apparently credible basis? The writer submits conclusions based on “the Palestinian people I met” in Israel (Israeli citizens, I assume); a sample of unknown size over a period of unknown time. Does she speak fluent Arabic or Hebrew? Also, she submits the opinion that “most of the Israelis (sic) I saw seemed depressed, unfriendly and self-absorbed.” What was that sample size and what are her anthropological and psychological qualifications to make such judgments?

And then there are the errors, such as the claim that rockets fired from Gaza are “homemade” and “a few Palestinians throw stones.”

She calls herself “A Jewish voice for peace,” yet does not even reference the fact that the only outcome of conflict the principal enemies of Israel are committed to is the total obliteration of the state of Israel. Certainly, there are legitimate grievances on both sides, just as there are people of intelligence and good will.

But yellow journalism only muddies and taints understanding and merits no recognition.

Peter Grossman



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