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Racist Israeli Policies Inspire Resentment

I read Richard Kraus’ column “Anti-Semitism in Egypt” [Feb. 7] with interest. If there is an increase in anti-Judaism anywhere in the world, it must be reported.

However, I disagree with his remark that “... under Israeli administration, living-standards for the Palestinians rose rapidly.” Kraus wanted to leave the impression that the Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine was (and is) a “blessing” for Palestinians who are quite incapable of self-rule. Without going into the details of Israel’s brutal human rights abuses in the occupied territories both before and after the current Intifada, I would like to ask if Kraus if he is in favor of the entire region of modern day Israel, Gaza and West Bank merging into one country with full democracy. If the Israeli government is such a blessing for Palestinians, why not give Palestinians full citizenship rights and have a complete democracy in a united country? Zionist racists are, of course, fearful of the possibility of a government in which Jews are not the majority.

We must acknowledge that Israel, because of its fundamental Zionist founding, is an outright example of a racist state, and its actions in Palestine are leading to an increase in anti-Judaism elsewhere.

Bilal Zuberi G