226. Occupation is source of "terrorism"

On March 3, three letters defending Israel's occupation were printed.

Sidney Hecker's comment that the Palestinian Authority encourages suicide bombers "by paying for newly decorated apartments" smacks of a racist mentality. What really "encourages" them are the horrific injustices meted out to them under decades of Israeli occupation: torture, daily humiliation, killing, curfews, school and road closures, intimidation, midnight assaults on their refugee camps, etc.

For Ruth Parker, any letter criticizing Israel, like Ann Greenspan's, is a letter "full of hate, venom and untruths--outrageous and objectionable." This statement reveals the hysteria of Israel's apologists. They are limited to parroting: "Israel is waging a war against terrorism." Barak once said in a moment of truth "If I were a Palestinian I would have been a terrorist." The best way to deal with "terrorism" is to know what causes it: occupation.

In his "A Gaza Diary" (Harper's Oct. 2001), Chris Hedges tells this story: "…disembodied (Israeli) voice crackles over a loudspeaker. 'Come on dogs! Where are all the dogs of Khan Younis? Come! Come!' Son of a bitch! Son of a whore!' The (Palestinian) boys dart in small packs…They lob rocks toward two armored jeeps…The soldiers shoot with silencers. The bullets from M-16 rifles tumble end over end through the children's slight bodies."

This is why more and more Israeli reservists, whose consciences are awakening, refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories.

As for Sen. Hillary Clinton's pandering to the Jewish vote, it only confirms Pat Buchanan's observation that "Congress is Israeli occupied territory."

February 27, 2002