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Israel Home To Variety Of Refugees

In his letter “Racist Israeli Policies Inspire Resentment” [Feb. 11], Bilal Zuberi implies that anti-semitism is an understandable response to Israeli policies. I must wonder if he would agree that discrimination against Muslims is an understandable response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

The reason most Israeli Jews (or Zionist racists, as he calls them) are fearful of a government where they are not in the majority is very simple. In every country in the Middle East where Jews were not the majority, they were forcibly expelled when the state of Israel formed. There is no Jewish refugee problem because Israel took them in (about 600,000 Jews) and fully integrated them into its society, something that the much richer Arab countries are unwilling to do for Palestinian refugees.

On the other hand, the Arabs who are now living in refugee camps in the disputed territories left for the most part of their own free will. As proof of this fact, there are almost a million Arabs, who did not choose to leave at that time, now living in Israel and enjoying citizenship and the same rights as the Israeli Jews.

While I respect Mr. Zuberi’s right to speak out, I am surprised that an opinion with name-calling instead of supporting evidence was published in The Tech.

Ilya Baran ’03