Letters the Week of Sept. 4, 2014

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Readers address Israeli-Palestinian politics and the assault of a Jewish student at Temple University.

Arab Hatred of Jews Is What’s ‘Inexcusable’ 
Regarding Anya Friedman Hutter’s op-ed piece, “Reframing the Conversation on Campus” (Aug. 28), who can argue against her theme: peace and justice for all, including Palestinian Arabs. But her statement that the “occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is inexcusable; Israel’s mistreatment and dehumanization of Palestinian civilians is a disgrace to Jewish tradition” cannot go unanswered. What’s “inexcusable” and a “disgrace” is Arab hatred of Jews, which long preceded the “occupation” that Ms. Hutter criticizes.
 
What Ms. Hutter calls the “occupation” resulted from the Arabs rejecting the U.N. partition of Palestine in 1947, attacking Israel following its Declaration of Independence in 1948, and attacking again in 1967 during the Six-Day War. The Arabs have long refused to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a state in their ancestral homeland and they continue to do so.
 
Israel has suffered from Arab suicide bombings and other terrorist activities and only wants to have peace for its citizens — including its Arab citizens, who enjoy much more freedom and rights than their brethren in Arab countries enjoy — within secure borders. Israel left Gaza in 2005 with no border restrictions.
 
After Hamas took control and, rather than build a state, began to shoot rockets wantonly into Israel, Israel had no choice but to close the borders. Indeed, Hamas’s entire reason for being is to kill Jews and destroy Israel. As has been said, if Hamas lays down its arms, there will be no more war; if Israel lays down its arms, there will be no more Israel.
 
Ms. Hutter should know that on at least six occasions since 1967, Israel has offered to withdraw from most of the disputed territories that most refer to as the West Bank, in exchange for peace. On each such occasion, the Palestinians refused, insisting instead on deal-killing conditions, such as the “right of return,” which would be the demographic death knell of Israel.
 
By the way, I don’t attribute Ms. Hutter’s views to where she was raised. I’ve lived in West Mount Airy for some 40 years.
Daniel E. Bacine | West Mount Airy
 
Rely on Arab Gifts for a Temple of Doom 
If Jews aren’t safe on Temple’s campus (Cover, “After Assault, Temple Students Seek Answers,” Aug. 28), perhaps Jews should withhold donations until that is rectified. Let the university try to subsist on gifts from the Palestinian contingency. 
Liza H. Sherman | Bryn Mawr
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Not All Deserve Being Called Human Beings
In response to “Attacked from Within” (Editorial, Aug. 14): Anybody speaking as a self-righteous intellectual needs to get off their high-horse and travel to Israel to see just how close Israelis live to those who want to kill them. I remember when I went to the Golan Heights as part of Birthright (I forget the name of the place) we saw Lebanese villages with empty windows — they would get shattered from bazooka recoil. The biggest mistake one can make in terms of foreign policy is assuming that every person is simply a rational, self-interested, peace-loving creature worthy of being called a human being. Some are simply subhuman beasts that need to be put down.
Ilya Kipnis | Cherry Hill, N.J. 
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