Reading Cal Thomas' column of January 3 on the 415 Palestinians who were expelled by Israel from their homeland, one has the impression that Mr. Thomas just doesn't get it.
A country that likes to call itself a democracy should act like one, and its supporters like Mr. Thomas should stop looking for excuses for its undemocratic behavior. Member states of the United Nations, including the United States, say that the Geneva Convention of 1949, which prohibits "individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportation" applies to the territories occupied by Israel. Only one, "democratic" Israel, says no. It seems that Cal Thomas supports Israel's interpretation.
Furthermore, talking about Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, Thomas said that "they see Palestine as a religious trust that should remain under Muslim control forever." Wake up, Cal! What do you think Israel call itself? A Jewish state.
Ben-Gurion, in his introduction to the History of the Haganah, defined the idea of a Jewish state as follows: "When we say ... 'Jewish state' we mean Jewish country, Jewish soil, we mean Jewish labor, we mean Jewish economy, Jewish agriculture, Jewish industry, Jewish sea." So, what's the difference?
January 21, 1993
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