Palestinian facts |

Palestinian facts

The request of a recent letter-writer for “some facts on the Palestinians” to “… provide readers with additional perspective” deserves a response.

I was a teacher in Palestine shortly after the state of Israel was established and had a rare opportunity to learn first-hand some facts about the Palestinians.

• Fact: Terrorism was a deliberate tool of Jewish invaders of Palestine. In 1948, at Deir Yassin, Jewish soldiers slaughtered 200 Palestine men, women, and children. This terrible act precipitated the panic flight of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes.

• Fact: The new state of Israel refused to allow the ousted Palestinians to return and either destroyed their villages entirely or expropriated their land, orchards, houses, businesses and personal possessions for use of the Jewish population.

• Fact: U.S. political, military, and financial aid ($3 billion annually!) has enabled Israel to keep (and even take more!) Palestinian land.

• Fact: Since the U.S. has been accessory to Israel’s theft and oppression, the U.S. has a huge responsibility to help bring justice and peace to Palestine.

Since terrorism helped Israel seize the Palestinian homeland, it is understandable that Palestinians might think terrorism would help get it back.

Del Reynolds

Grass Valley

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