Israel is one of the most decent countries in the world

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It is unconscionable that the Presbyterian Church USA has singled out Israel for divestment. Israel did not invade countries to occupy them; it gained land when it was attacked in 1967 by bordering countries, keeping it to bargain for peace. 

Israel has fought several wars for its very existence since 1948, when Israel was invaded simultaneously by six countries; it is still hoping for peace.

Israel is one of the most decent countries in the world. It has a long-standing tradition of providing emergency assistance as well as aid to alleviate hunger and disease. Israel has helped more than 140 countries, including Haiti, Japan, Peru, the Congo and America (Hurricane Katrina). It also accepts refugees from countries as diverse as Ethiopia, Vietnam, Bosnia, Kosovo and Sudan. Israel further contributes to the world by its remarkable record of achievement in science and medicine.

Israel is the most racially diverse and tolerant country in the Middle East, despite being surrounded by dictatorships and by terrorist groups openly committed to its destruction. An organization genuinely concerned about injustice would protest the outrage of thousands of rockets that have been fired at Israeli civilians since 2005 when Israel tried to trade land for peace. 

After these increasing rocket attacks, unarmed individuals, including preschool children, have less than 60 seconds to find shelter.

Atrocities occur every day in the world, including the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, execution of political prisoners in North Korea, genocide in Sudan and ongoing slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria by their own government.

Letter writer Michael Drohan (July 6) praises the Presbyterian Church for taking a stand against Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian land as “one of the most glaring injustices of our time.” 

In fact, the church should show moral courage by confronting societies that truly inflict glaring injustice.

ANDREA CHESTER
Squirrel Hill

 


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