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Pity the oppressors

In his defense of Israel, responding to Dick Tracy’s insightful and searching questions (Other Voices, June 4), some of Rabbi Friedman’s statements (June 10) miss the point.

According to Rabbi Friedman, Israel’s democracy is a “bright light” in a region that is “…mired in a dark age.” Does the form of success of Israel’s government really matter? The point is, in order to get a safe place to live and work and raise their children, Israel invaded and seized the Palestinians’ established place to live and work and raise their children. The behavior is what counts, not the politics of Israel.

It does not help to recall the horrors of the Holocaust for the Jews in Europe. The critical point now is, the abused child of Europe has become the abuser, and for a half-century the Jews have subjected the Palestinians to a Holocaust.



Rabbi Friedman indicated that Arab states hate and want to destroy Israel precisely because it is a Jewish state. But it is not the name or religion that arouses hatred and provokes violence; it is the crimes of theft and brutal oppression. The oppressors should not be hated, but pitied, because they have lost touch with their humanity.

Del Reynolds




Grass Valley


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