Monday, February 19, 2018

Letters on Israeli occupation, newspaper's motives

Jan. 31, 2018 at 11:42 p.m.

Israeli occupation

I'm pleased by the response to my letter (Jan. 7) as I was afraid everyone was either asleep or too cowed by the issue of Israeli occupation to comment. I am glad someone did.

Now to my ignorance of the Bible. I am not a Biblical scholar, but I have read the Bible. I think Ms. Johns (letters, Jan. 11) was referring to Genesis 12:3 when she said God gave the so-called Holy Land to the Jews. Actually, the verse was God speaking to Abram, who became Abraham, about the destiny of his heirs. Remember Abraham had two sons, Isaac by Sarah and Ishmael by his concubine, Hagar. So as Abraham was of Arab descent, hence the reference to Semitic people of which Ishmael's heirs would also be.

As to who God gave the Holy Land to, there are two Jewish peoples, the Sephardic Jews, who were well integrated in the Middle East and Spain before the Holocaust, and the Eastern European Jews, the Ashkenazi Jews of Germany and Eastern Europe. Some of the Ashkenazi were resettled in what is now called Israel after the Holocaust. People have converted from other religions to Judaism. A question regarding who is entitled to the Holy Land is this: If a person converts to Judaism is he/she entitled to land formerly called Palestine?

As to whether there is an occupation and the treatment of the people who were there for thousands of years, whether they were the original people or refugees and squatters, I refer to Leviticus 19:33: "When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens once in the land of Egypt."

No more scripture but we have Christ's message of love your neighbor as yourself.

As to the blessing we are receiving for backing Israel in every conceivable way, perhaps we should look at the USS Liberty attack, Jonathon Pollard spying, and now manipulation of the U.S. under President Trump toward war with Iran, which is unnecessary as they are complying with the previous agreement. If that happens I don't think it will be a blessing for anyone, even Israel.

Jerry King, Longview

Questionable motives

On Jan. 13, The Dallas Morning News ran a story on the front page of its Metro section about this year's MLK Oratory Competition in Dallas. This year, 121 students from 16 elementary schools competed with speeches explaining their dreams for the future.

This event always produces some unbelievably good speeches by the students. Normally, the competitors are mostly black students.

This year's winner was a white fourth-grader. The picture that accompanied the story on the front page was not of the winner. It was a picture of the second-place finisher, a black girl. The winner's picture was on page four with the rest of the story.

Somehow the Morning News didn't want to show a picture on the section front of a white student winning the MLK competition. The once-conservative DMN is doing its best to become the Texas version of The New York Times.

Don Peck, Longview



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