Challenging Racism and Violence in the Media Through Education
|(Letter to Calgary Herald
- 05 April 2002)
The Herald keeps
repeating that Israel has the right to defend itself against Palestinian
attacks, but that isn't true. If a country is created by stealing a
people's land, that country has no moral right to defend itself when the
victims of the theft attack it in an attempt to get their land back.
In 1880, when the
Zionist movement to bring Jews to Palestine began, Jews made up about
six per cent of Palestine's population. In 1948, 77 per cent of
Palestine was seized to create the state of Israel. In 1967, Israel
occupied the remaining 23 per cent of Palestine and began creating
Jewish settlements there. The creation of Israel was a massive theft.
The only morally
correct response that Israel can make to Palestinian attacks is to
apologize to the Palestinians for taking their land and immediately
begin resettling Palestinian refugees on land taken from them. That
would put an end to Palestinian violence much more quickly than
continued oppression will.