Volume 95, Issue 94

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
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To the Editor:

The word "terrorist" has been thrown around so much that people have become partially desensitized to it, but, for some, it still has an impact.

When people read about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they could summarize the article or news story with just a few words: Palestinian Terrorists vs. the Israeli Army.

Many would agree that the acceptable definition of terrorism would somehow include the killing of innocent civilians, which is why Palestinian militants are often described as terrorists. But, by that definition, the Israeli army should also be considered terrorists.

A London Free Press article written on Saturday Feb. 2, says that 110 (now 365) Israeli reservists have signed a petition against their government to not serve for a government who orders its troops to kill unarmed children and to fire a machine gun at a civilian area, as well as dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people. Is that not terrorism?

You want more? Following Sept. 11, the United Nations was scrambling to no avail to come up with an accurate definition of terrorism. Why? Because their definition of terrorism would have surely included Israel's occupation, which would force America to extend its "war on terror" to Israel. We all know that isn't going to happen, so the UN dropped the dilemma and forgot about it.

Majed Abukhater

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