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Editor:
A recent letter, (“https://alamedasun.com/letters/16547,” Jan. 19) braids three, seemingly immiscible, threads together to gussy up an anti-Israel bias.

Referencing the Alameda Sun’s Dec. 22, 2022, editorial cartoon of Mary and Joseph at our southern border, just before Christmas day, she immediately lunges for the Israeli jugular. Dredging up the usual tropes, she conjures up a Palestine that never was, “the Palestinian people in historic Palestine.”

The area identified as Palestine became Israel in 1300 b.c.e. and was successively conquered by Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans. When the Ottoman Empire mistakenly aligned with the Central Powers, who lost World War I, Syria and Lebanon were placed under French Mandate, while Jordan and Israel were placed under British Mandate.

Jordan, which was and is 70 percent Palestinian, was ceded to the Hashemites, and Israel morphed into a sovereign Jewish democratic state in 1948. It remains the only democratic state in the Middle East; Israel has had five elections in five years to select its Prime Minister.

While it may be true that “Our State Department voices moral opposition to the ongoing state violence in Palestine,” that opprobrium is directed at Hamas, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Authority, all of which call for the liquidation of Israel. Nothing is more difficult to dislodge than a false hypothesis; furthermore, living in California, it is doubtful that anyone has heard a balanced debate on the Middle East.

The letter suggests that the “The parallels between today’s Israel-Palestine conflict and the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border are undeniable,” when in fact there is no comparison.

The huddled masses at our southern border are not trying to dismantle nor terrorize the U.S. — they recognize it as a superior place to live for many reasons. Border crossings into Israel have entirely different objectives. The letter displayed an obsessive bias and consorts with dissemblers who aim to make Israel “a pariah state.”

In California and elsewhere, college administrators and newspaper editors turn a blind eye to a pervasive campaign of calumny against Israel as an “apartheid” state. The Anti-Defamation League recognizes the apartheid gambit as “a classic anti-Semitic stereotype.” The apartheid narrative is the recasting and modernization of the blood libel; an abuse of legal and historical fact; it is a myth designed to place Israel beyond the pale, to serve as a preliminary to its destruction.

Raine speaks of parallels; the “apartheid” fable ladled out to the uninformed and misinformed, is a stepping-stone to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s demand that Israel be “wiped off the map.”

Antizionism is not advocacy; it is an incitement and a continuation of the antisemitism that has been endemic to western civilization since the fall of Judea in 70 c.e. And finally, speaking of “parallels” the antizionist, anti-Semitic and BDS movements have “parallels” within the darkest chapters of the 2,000 years of western history.

— Jolie Scott

Editor:
Thank you so much for your article covering the Women’s March in Alameda last Sunday (“https://alamedasun.com/news/rally-held-support-women%E2%80%99s-reproduct...,” Jan. 26). I have posted your article on the Commission on the Status of Women Facebook page. I loved your emphasis on empowering youth and raising their voices.

Since I care deeply about access to information, representation of women and lifting other women up, I am offering a couple of suggestions or edits for you to consider incorporating.

I believe the email address of the newspaper at the bottom of the article has a typo. In addition to the League of Women Voters and All Rising, I also spoke as the Chair for the Commission on the Status of Women – Alameda County and was the person who invited the Skyline students and Awele Makeba because of how important hearing from students and teachers is. The Commission’s role advocating for women across the county matters and including it would be helpful in raising it profile to help women even more.

The just elected (and only female) County Supervisor Lena Tam also spoke. I wish you and the Alameda Sun well. The press and journalists are vital to our free society.

— Nina Senn, Chair, Commission on the Status of Women, Alameda County

Editor:
I have it on good authority that, when the Nazi salute is used by an Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) student, the stiff-armed salute is either ignored or dismissed.

I have an idea that I’d like to run up the AUSD flagpole. In club meetings, classrooms and assemblies, all students and proctors and teachers be asked either to come to the front, stand and state and write on a piece of paper what the Nazi salute means to themselves.

The papers do not need a student’s name but should be collected so that the AUSD administration learns what the Nazi salute means to teachers and those students who had the courage to write their true feelings. What if a dialogue can begin about what that salute means and what is done to make those meanings and goals come to fruition?

If those who use the Nazi salute want to speak out, openly, about what that salute means to and for them, the AUSD will learn who are the Nazis among the student body and AUSD can work on what kind of effective educational element is necessary for AUSD to implement.

Middle school students are passionate with all kinds of chemically charged emotions and are susceptible to being whipped up into dedication to powerful beliefs and politics. What do you want your students to grow to believe? Do you want AUSD students to become constructive leaders who respect Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality? Or do you want your students to be groomed to be conspiracy theorists?

Of course, I would hope the people who make the Nazi salute will either no longer use its weaponry on an AUSD campus or will cease making it because they don’t actually want to kill Jews, and people of color, and LGBTQ+, and intellectuals, and physically and mentally challenged.

Do they know that “purification of humans on earth only to white people” is the Goal and Purpose of those who use the Nazi salute?

— CJ Kingsley

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