Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yet Another Letter to the Editor


I know that not everyone wants to see every letter I send to the New Zealand media, but seeing my own letters on line is a good way for me to save them, and hopefully these letters will inspire otters to respond to anti_Israel bias in local papers.

This is my latest letter written in response to a letter by John Minto who is a known anti-Israel radical.
His column is not yet available on line, if I find it, I'll post a link.

I was amazed by the gross misrepresentation of basic facts in John Minto's column published on January 13.

Mr. Minto is very sloppy in his research. For example he claims to quote Israel's founding Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, attributing to him words like "we need to harm them [The Arab population]".

The quotes that Mr. Minto uses are repeated on many anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate sites on the Internet, however David Ben Gurion never said these words. Quite the contrary in fact, all Israeli leaders, including David Ben Gurion, have been very clear that they desire to live in peace together with Palestinians.

David Ben Gurion stated this explicitly in Israel's founding document, the Declaration of Independence:
“WE APPEAL - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship”

Instead of promoting hate and mis-truths, Palestinian supporters should take up the offer of every Israeli leader, including the current government, to put down their ambitions to annihilate Israel and work to build peace for future generations.


Michael Sedley

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