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Palestinian Activist Rightfully Targeted

Time and time again, Aimee L. Smith PhD ’02 has demonstrated the lack of focus and connection that consume her ultra-liberal ideals. Her insistence on holding Israel and the United States responsible for all the problems plaguing our world [“Speaking While Palestinian,” Nov. 22] simply causes her goals and motives to be ignored as the extremist views that they are.

Smith relates the detainment of Arabs to the racial profiling employed by the New Jersey state police in past years. However, she fails to recognize the significant difference between the two cases. The NJ police utilized racial profiling for the purpose of controlling drug traffic. The rationale was that since the majority of drug users in NJ were of African-American descent, it was legitimate to target them. This was correctly ruled unfair and a violation of African Americans’ Fourteenth Amendment rights.

However, the involvement of Arabs with the law goes beyond the drug trade to matters of national security. It should be noted that the number of people affected by this crackdown on terrorism is small, and that the government is not acting blindly. When the government arrests someone, it has a legitimate reason. It is a principle in this country that rights of the individual may be limited for the protection of our national security. Freedom is not absolute anywhere in the world, and people should be thankful for the rights they are afforded in the United States. One certainly cannot find them anywhere in the Arab world.

To say that Amer Jubran was arrested without cause is also a complete falsity. As an active supporter of Hamas, one of the world’s leading terrorist organizations, Amer Jubran has no business being in this country, especially if he is not here legally, as Smith suggests. Why he has been denied legal counsel, I cannot comment on, but to call for his unconditional release because he is only a “community activist” who happens to be Palestinian is absurd. The community in which he is active is one of terror, and to fight terrorism, the “activists” must be stopped.

Joshua S. Katz ’06