US hypocrisy on IsraelThank you for Katrina Lantos Swett's Nov. 18 commentary, "JFK was right about religious freedom's promise." True religious freedom would indeed curb sectarian strife and extremism. And yes, American diplomats and forward thinkers should be advocating for such freedom worldwide. But how will countries in the Middle East be able to hear, much less understand, that message when so many American religious, political, and business leaders praise and protect Israel as "The Jewish State" while turning a blind eye to its persecution of Palestinians and other Arabs?
Calls for US support of religious freedom will be sanctimonious hypocrisy as long as we fail to insist on real democracy and a fully secular end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in line with international law and human rights.
Anne Selden Annab
New York Times
LETTERS Published: December 17, 2013
Parsing an Academic Boycott of IsraelRe “Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel” (front page, Dec. 16):
Mechanicsburg, Pa., Dec. 17, 2013
RE: UN secretary-general: JFK left indelible imprint on me
comment left on website
Delighted to see UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's inspiring op-ed "JFK left indelible imprint on me"... In giving sincere thanks, and telling such a charming story, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon helps elevate an important person, but more importantly he promotes magnificent ideas and ideals.
UN secretary-general: JFK left indelible imprint on me
Meeting the president as a youth led to my decision to choose a life of public service.
The Patriot News
Editorial retraction about the Gettysburg address shows no one is perfect: PennLive letters
on November 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Hindsight certainly is 20/20. It really is totally impossible to know beyond an educated guess what speeches and stances will stand the tests of time, as well as what ideas and projects are a worthwhile investment. However we can try our best to be educated and compassionate, as well as humble, knowing that, as my brother was fond of saying when we were little: "No one is perfect."
In light of that fact, I cannot help but wish the Patriot News the best of luck, and hope that you have many, many more years ahead of publishing good, bad, and atrocious news and opinions.
ANNE SELDEN ANNAB, Mechanicsburg
THE NEW YORKER
comment I left online RE New Yorker "Thinking Outside the Two-State Box" by Yousef Munayyer
Thinking Outside the Two-State BoxAnneSeldenAnnab
Now is the time for negotiations and negotiations need clear, easy to understand assessments of the situation:
Two fully secular, fully independent and secure sovereign nation states- both FULLY respecting universal basic human rights and the rule of fair and just laws, allow for a transition away from the nefarious bigotry and injustice and intransigence and grandiose delusions that have been galvanizing religious extremism and violence on both sides.
Two states, with Palestinian refugees able to return to original homes and lands in Israel, or resettle in the New Palestine, or move on and away.
Two states, as a gateway to a future where tourists, teachers, students, workers, family members, friends, artists, poets, filmmakers, researchers, archeologists,(...etc...) will be able to travel back and forth knowing that their home and their garden and their loved ones, who ever and wherever they might be, are safe from destruction.
Two states with every citizen free to find ways to make diplomacy and compassion an every day endowment for everyone's sake.
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