19. Letter-writer shows bias to Israel

In his letter of December 26 [18], Medhat Credi became mired in his philosophical mishmash concerning "deportation", weighted down with references to Sitting Bull, the US media, the press and "tendentious terminology".

But the topic doesn't need that elaborate definition and promotion. The facts are easily accessible. In Israel, the Islamic organization Hamas took responsibility for the brutal murder of three Israeli Jews on December 14 at an aluminum processing factory, "This is the worst murder I have ever seen. It is not the work of human beings, but the work of beasts." Decapitation and dismemberment are part of the arsenal of the glorious freedom fighters.

Four leaders of Hamas were scheduled for deportation. The four sponsors of the murderous beasts have appealed and the Israeli Supreme Court has stopped the deportation proceedings. A hearing will be held. I understand why the writer chose to discuss "tendentious terminology" rather than Palestinian Arab savagery.

Mr. Credi has a nagging problem revealed in every letter that he writes. His problem is the continuing, viable Jewish state of Israel, which he wants removed from the Middle East. He repeats, in these columns, the denigrating, mendacious attacks on Israel.

For example: "In 1967, Israeli war planes attempted to sink the U.S. intelligence ship, Liberty, causing numerous deaths and injuries." [9] The fact: The Liberty was shrouded in mist. Identification was impossible. The Israelis assumed it to be an Egyptian ship spying on their activities. They attacked the ship. When the mist lifted, identification became possible, and the Israelis immediately sent a motor launch with medical personnel and drugs. The Liberty's captain turned the launch away. Israel voluntarily sent condolences and generous sums of money to the families of the victims of the tragic error. Many Americans newspapers editorialized on the gross mistake of sending an American ship into that war arena, where the Israelis, fighting for their lives, were shooting at everything.

Another example: "Mossad knew about the terrorist plan to bomb the barracks in Beirut." [9] The fact: Victor Ostrovsky, author of By Way of Deception, which purports to be an exposé of Israeli intelligence operation, made that quoted allegation in his book. When challenged about the allegation, Mr. Ostrovsky backed away from it, with phrases like, "Well, that's not exactly what I meant." The book has already been publicly shown to be less than a reliable account of even the author's activities. It is, however, singularly appealing to persons afflicted with Mr. Credi nagging problem.

The State of Israel has never desired to harm its long-time friend and ally, the United States.

Edith Parker, Irvington

January 17, 1991

For a rebuttal see [20]