Support Israel — up to a point
Letters to the Editor October 25, 2012 8:02PM
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in Jabaliya, Monday, March 12, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinian militants and a schoolboy in the Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel, in escalating fighting that has defied international truce efforts. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Updated: November 27, 2012 10:51AM
Steve Huntley wrote on Oct. 22 that Christians should support Israel. Many Christians, Jews and Muslims support the state of Israel, but not its current governmental policies that enact rules and restrictions on Palestinian residents of the land.
United States taxes — $3 billion or more each year — are used to fund annually the military presence, and the instruments of war. Israel has engaged in multiple violations of U.S. and international law in its subjugation of Palestinians, including the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous against civilians, destroying Palestinian infrastructure.
Human Rights Watch, the U.N., and Amnesty International have cited Israel as engaging in human-rights violations.
Presbyterians are one of the signatories to the letter urging Congress to make aid to Israel contingent on adherence to human-rights principles. Since 1983, five resolutions have been passed by the Presbyterian governing body making this point. As recently as 2010, the Chicago Presbytery led the way for a resolution that specifically asks our U.S. government to tie military aid to the observance of human rights. It passed the General Assembly unanimously.
In 2012, the 220th General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. government to “give a thorough accounting to its citizenry as to the amounts of its foreign aid to countries in the Middle East that have been used by the recipient nations to finance human-rights violations, breaches of international law and U.N. Security Council Resolutions.”
There is no blind side here; Jewish organizations are well aware of the concern of churches for the need for fairness and justice in an Israel, which abuses power in the name of security. In the past, members of the U.S. Congress, including Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, have spoken to this problem, and they have paid the price politically. There is no anti-Zionism here — or anti-Jewish sentiment; rather, there is concern that Israel live up to international human-rights standards while insuring its security.
Peg Griffiths, Moderator of the Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
Moderator of the Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
Richard Mourdock’s comments on rape and abortion are antiquated ideology that does not belong in this century. It is ridiculous to accept his apology because what he says is what he believes. What he believes is what he would like to see as law. Forcing a woman to bear the child of a rapist is a form of violation twice. A rape victim must struggle to regain her mental as well as physical health. The callous attitude of a politician deciding what is right for someone else’s personal decision at a time of crisis is not the purpose of government. Anyone who supports or defends this candidate, who is running for the Senate in Indiana, is anti-women and unqualified to serve.
Betty Kleinberg, Deerfield
Romney has right credentials for job
Personally, I would rather put my trust in a president with enough business acumen to advise a private company to declare bankruptcy in order to reorganize than in the current president whose naivete and lack of business acumen is driving an entire nation to bankruptcy.
Robert Antol, Gladstone Park