To the editor:
Sallie Friedman’s June 1 letter fails to recognize that the State of Israel was founded upon the forced displacement of Palestinians and dispossession of their lands. It does not acknowledge that Israel maintains an extensive system of control over the 6 million people who live under Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, apart from this “legitimate democracy.”
It’s easy to criticize the Palestinian governing bodies, but Sally Friedman fails to acknowledge how Israel holds hugely disproportionate power. And we Americans are complicit. The U.S. provides Israel with over $3 billion annually in military and economic aid.
She urges us to “Go to Israel — see the reality of this tiny Democracy.” I urge you to go to Israel AND the Palestinian territories and get an up-close look at the apartheid, the injustice, and the violence it engenders.
The asymmetrical power in this situation must be acknowledged. The rights of all people must be upheld. The possibility of a two-state solution is gone. I would urge us to turn our attention to new visions for one hybrid state in all of historic Palestine/Eretz Yisrael — ones that could address the security, economic, and religious needs of both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
I call upon our Congressional representatives and the Biden Administration to get to work on this. No more bombing of families, no more taking of others’ lands, no more abrogation of human rights.