59. So the new Israeli ambassador, tongue in cheek, has the audacity to call Israel a "democratic" state, where 20% of non-Jews are enjoying "full democratic rights". Apart from the fact that these 20% non-Jews have become second class citizens, the demography of Palestine was quite the reverse before 1948, with 20% Jews and 80% Palestinians. (visit: http://www.1948.org.uk/). Where is this majority of the population now ? Almost a million Palestinians were expelled by force of arms between 1947 and 1949 from what to-day is called Israel and are now living under miserable conditions in Gaza, West Bank and huge refugee camps all over the Middle East. During the same period there was a huge invasion of legal and mostly illegal Jewish immigrants from the Diapora. In 1948 Palestinians all of a sudden found a Jewish Cuckoo in their nest. In a real democracy these God forsaken, by the world forgotten souls should be recognized and included in the democratic process. Only that will bring peace to the Middle East.
Posted 8 May and rejected.
59 (a)Kathy Nilsson from California (8/05) revealing letter is raising an interesting question when she states that John Key is from Jewish extraction. I have always suspected Key to be Jewish. Not that that matters, because I profoundly condemn anti-Semitism. However the important question here is whether or not Key is amenable to Zionism and supports Israel's continued oppression of the Palestinian people ? Has he been instrumental in the re-opening of the Israel embassy in Wellington last month ? There are many very good Jews in Israel and beyond who are fervent anti-Zionists and strongly oppose Israel's inhuman policies in the occupied territories.
Posted 9 May 2010 and also rejected.
( John Key is currently New Zealand's Prime Minister)
59 (b)Some weeks ago the Christchurch Press published an article by Benny Morris, one of the most notorious Israeli historians. In a footnote the editor referred to one of the many books he had written on the creation of Israel. Although Morris is a "pro-Israel" historian he is quite honest about the appalling massacres perpetrated by the then Jewish terrorists between 1947 and 1948, validating the many eyewitness horror stories during the expulsion of some 700,000 native Palestinian inhabitants from their homeland. When defending these shocking atrocities in an interview the interviewer remarked: 'There is something chilling about the quiet way in which you say that' Morris replied: 'If you expect me to burst into tears, I am sorry to disappoint you. There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. I know that this term is completely negative in the discourse of the twenty-first century, but when the choice is between ethnic cleansing and genocide - the annihilation of your people - I prefer ethnic cleansing' .
Posted 13 May 2010 Letter rejected.
*) I must remind readers once again that the Christchurch Press is reluctant to publish any letters from the public dealing with the Israel/Palestinian conflict and has not done so for quite a long time.