- The Washington Times - Friday, January 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thanks to Randall Kuhn and Washington Times for giving readers a proper perspective on the conflict now laying waste to Gaza (“When Israel expelled Palestinians: What if it was San Diego and Tijuana instead?” Op-Ed, Wednesday).

As I listen to apologists for Israel, I am reminded that never did the white racist government of South Africa ever attack the Gaza-like bantustan territories that it created for South Africa’s black population. The white South African government did not destroy the black South Africans’ infrastructure or deny them food, water, electricity and fuel. The government did not attack hospitals, schools and churches as Israel has done, even though they could have said that black fighters were “hiding” there.

Certainly there were attacks on white South Africans, some of them civilians, by blacks who wanted to lift the yoke of white oppression from their lives. However, the response of the apartheid South African government pales in comparison to Israel’s response.

As an American Jew who strongly opposed South African apartheid, I can do no less than to even more strongly oppose what Israel is doing and has been doing for years to the Palestinians, who have long suffered under Israeli oppression.

JAN BAUMAN

Mill Valley, Calif.

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