Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Careful Reading

Here's a letter in yesterday's NYTimes:

To the Editor:

It is worth putting Richard Goldstone’s Op-Ed article into a historical context.

After its founding, Israel was plagued by attacks by rejectionist groups that continue to this day. But the situation changed radically after Israel won governance of the territories in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel’s settlement building, still continuing, to achieve sovereign domination over the entire Holy Land assures a dynamic of endless tension and violence.

Benjamin Solomon
Evanston, Ill.


The phrase used, "achieve sovereign domination over the entire Holy Land", requires a bit of deliberation.

a) to whom is the land holy?
b) if more than one, who has a better claim?
c) in the past, when Islam ruled the land, did the other two religions of Judaism and Christianity have it good?
d) over the past 42 years since Israel administers all of the Holy Land west of the Jordan River, has Islam been treated better than Judaism and Christianity were over the centuries since the Arab conquest and occupation in the 7th century and again in the 16th when the Ottomans took over?
e) what is the geographical extent of the "Holy Land"? Does it include Jordan?

Does Solomon know any of the answers to these simple questions?

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