Thursday, September 3, 2009

Below follows the original letter of 06/06/09 as it was submitted to the editor.

Your editorial (Press 06/06/09) regarding Obama's efforts to come to terms with the Islamic world fails to address essential core issues, that hopefully may ensure an enduring peace in the ME. The key to any just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians still remains implementation of various UN resolutions and in particular the Palestinians legal Right of Return to their homeland, guaranteed to them by UN Resolution 194 and also clearly unambiguously guaranteed by international law under the Geneva Convention, yet consistently violated by Israel. They rightly will continue to confront an official Israeli policy of anti-repatriation and the Zionist denial of the NAKBA (The Catastrophe), the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Arab population during 1947/48 by the new immigrant Jews. For a better understanding of the ME problems I strongly recommend reading "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" by Ilan Pappa, historian and senior lecturer political sciences at Haifa University, Israel."