Volume 91, Issue 72

Thursday, February 5, 1998



Division in the ranks

Re: No place on campus, Jan.27

To the Editor:
It is interesting that Zelunka and Bloom speak highly of Israel being a democratic nation in the midst of dictatorships while it continuously defies the will of its Palestinian subjects by not allowing them basic human rights.

Since its creation in May 1948, the Israeli government encouraged Jews from Arab states such as Iraq and Morocco to flee their communities, some of which had been in existence for 2,500 years. This was done not out of fear for their well-being but with the hope these Jewish refugees would fill the economic and demographic vacuum created by the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their ancestral land.

These "oriental" Jews, as they were called, were among the most respected citizens in the Arab world (i.e. Maimonides in Egypt) but have been systematically discriminated against by their European (Ashkenazi) brothers who seek to solidify their hegemony over Israel. This is evident in Israeli politics where every Prime Minister since David Gruen has been of European origin even though darker skinned "Asiatic" Jews form the majority of the population.

How can Zelunka and Bloom justify the bulldozing of the houses of accused "terrorists" when most of these houses are occupied by the suspects' families. They seem to forget that this policy was initiated by the British to combat Jewish "terrorists" such as former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir who was a member of the infamous Stern Gang which was known for its massacres of Palestinian villagers.

J. Kareem Hawley
Political Science II

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