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Letters – May 24, 2018

Where Were The Dems?

Why was there no Democratic leadership at the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018?

Ed Kohl

West Bloomfield

IfNotNow Is No Friend To Israel

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Rabbi Jeffrey Falick is proud of the anti-Israel group IfNotNow (May 10, page 8). He is proud of their joining Israel-hating groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace in protesting the “Israeli occupation.”

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According to the Palestinians, all of Israel is “occupied territory.” While IfNotNow may or may not agree with that assessment, the fact that they protest Israel on the basis of a false claim of occupation makes them a convenient tool of all Israel/Jew haters. With Israel’s uprooting all of Gaza’s Jewish communities in 2005 and Palestinians controlling 97 percent of Judea and Samaria, it’s obvious that there is no occupation.

On IfNotNow’s website, you can watch a video that seems to hold the American Jewish community responsible for President Trump’s moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Don’t white supremacists also claim Jews control our government?

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IfNotNow refers to the Jerusalem embassy as “Trump’s Embassy of Occupation.” They’ve also called for a “Rally Against Israeli Violence on Gaza.” Meanwhile, Hamas-controlled rioters are violently attacking Israel and Israel’s border using rocks, slings, guns and Molotov cocktails, which are being floated into Israel on kites decorated with swastikas. Then there are the thousands of tires Hamas has burned in order to shield the Gazan rioters.

IfNotNow, as all Israel haters do, blames all the suffering in Gaza on Israel. They ignore Hamas and the fact that Gazan rioters have burned the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom crossing where trucks carry goods from Israel into Gaza.

IfNotNow’s video calls for a divided Jerusalem. Recall that Jerusalem was only divided for 19 years when it was under Jordanian occupation, which was a real occupation. Just as they want to re-divide Jerusalem, IfNotNow is working hard to divide American Jews from Israel.

Harry Onickel

Ferndale

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