Volume 96, Issue 71
Wednesday, February 5, 2003

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Show the bad side too

Re: "Israel Day," Jan. 29

To the Editor:

I am proud to say that I was one of those "Middle-Eastern" Palestinian people handing out fact sheets on Israel day. The fact sheet was not meant to be pro-Palestinian or even pro-peace – it was [simply] the Palestinian perspective of Israel day. If nothing good towards Israel was written on the fact sheet, that simply means Israel has done nothing good to Palestinians who live under their occupation.

I am assuming Dunny Medina neglected to read the fact sheet, because, unlike he stated, the fact sheet was referenced with numerous sources from the Fourth Geneva Conventions and International Law. I am also assuming that Medina neglected to admit the fact that, as Israel Day reflects a people's independence, it reflects another people's immeasurable loss that resulted in the greatest act of injustice in their history.

Israel Day was also a day to inform the public about Israel, which is exactly what we did. Since Palestinians live under extreme Israeli occupation, Israel Day is nothing but political.

Medina claims "it was a day to celebrate the sights, food, and music of Israel," however, it was also a day to celebrate occupation, oppression and the denial of fundamental rights to the Palestinian people, in which those sights, foods and music are nothing but a distant dream.

So, while students were celebrating Israel Day, the fact still remains that everyone in the world has a country in which they live in, except for the Palestinians – their country lives in them.

Majed Abukhater
Science III

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