Letters to the editor

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 10:01 AM

Ad’s claim ‘absurd’

Michael Ross, chairman of Voice For Israel, in a July 30 ChapelBoro.com article, criticized the Salaam-Shalom bus ad which encourages ending military aid to Israel, saying, “(The ad) promoted that Israel did not have the right to defend itself.” This claim is patently absurd for the following reasons.

How can legitimate self-defense be construed to include providing aggressive attack weapons such as fighter-bombers, attack helicopters, air to ground missiles and some of the most powerful bombs in the world?

Israel’s consistent claim of “self-defense” should be questioned: In the great majority of cases, is Israel the attacked or the attacker; the defender or the aggressor; the pursued or the pursuer?  Are most of the conflicts fought on Israeli territory or Palestinian territory? Does the grossly unbalanced proportionality of deaths, injuries, imprisonments, home demolitions, land confiscations, road blocks and other human rights violations of Israeli and Palestinian civilians (including women and children) and otherwise violating international laws and United Nations resolutions speak of Israel’s self-defense? Does being the only nuclear-armed nation in the conflict speak of Israel’s self-defense? The examples could go on and on illustrating the absurdity of Israel claiming that it is only exercising its right to defend itself.

As intelligent and compassionate human beings, we should open our eyes to the truth that it is the Palestinians, rather than the Israelis who need to be concerned about “self-defense”.

Ted Shohfi

Chapel Hill