- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ray Gordon’s letter to the editor, “Coming to grips with Palestinian guilty trips” (Thursday), is just his latest in a series of anti-Israeli diatribes. Invariably, Mr. Gordon asserts a falsehood, to wit, that Israeli West Bank checkpoints “are designed to make life miserable for Palestinians in order to get them to leave” in order to restate his desire that the United States “cut off all financial, military and political aid to Israel.”

Even a casual newspaper reader knows that the checkpoints were established to help counter the 2000-05 war known as the al-Aqsa intifada. Palestinian terrorists murdered more than 1,000 Israelis in their homes, shopping centers, restaurants and streets. Before then — before the Palestinian leadership rejected U.S.-Israeli offers of a West Bank and Gaza Strip state in exchange for peace — Palestinian Arabs moved relatively freely and could enter Israel more or less at will.

In Mr. Gordon’s two-dimensional view, Palestinian Arabs always are passive and guiltless, Israelis always aggressive and brutal. It is a view that would have the United States abandon the one Western-style, democratic country in a Middle East dominated by police states and Islamic theocracies.

In a special report for CAMERA (“The Psychology of Anti-Israel Bias”), John H. Riskind, a professor of psychology at George Mason University, discusses the formation and persistence of biased perspectives, regardless of and despite contrary facts. Mr. Gordon’s letters exemplify them.

ERIC ROZENMAN

Washington director

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)

Washington

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