[106. Human beings are more important than history

Lawrence Newman July 11 letter [105] shed little light on the thorny Palestinian issue by recounting horror stories that can be matched by similar incidents of Israeli atrocities. The fact is that the murder of innocent people is to be condemned, no matter who the perpetrator is.

In his criticism of Adell Forsberg (July 5), Mr. Newman misses her point. It seems that this is the line that Israel's loyalists usually follow when they have no arguments. Had he carefully read her reply to Nancy Q. Keefe he would have realized that she is not interested in history but in human beings. By referring to history she meant to show that "the people of Israel have a large capacity for distraction by the past, so much so that they are incapable of finding a way to reconcile and coexist with the people of Palestine." In a way, she confirms what Israel Zangwill once said: "There is...a difficulty from which the Zionist dares not avert his eyes, though he rarely like to face it. Palestine proper has already its inhabitants." The West Bank and Gaza are already inhabited by two million people who are resisting a brutal occupation. If ethnic cleansing is not on Israel's agenda today as it was in 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly driven out of their homeland, any reconciliation or coexistence to be successful and durable has to be based on justice.

July 20, 1993]