National Catholic Reporter Editor
Letter to the Editor
In regards to the article of April 4, 2008 by Rosemary Radford Reuther, she has tried to blame the Jews of Israel for using the holocaust to justify the confiscation of land in the Gaza Strip, which Israel has already withdrawn from in 2005, amongst other distasteful and incorrect allegations.
Israel did not confiscate Gaza. Israel inherited Gaza from Egypt after winning the 1967 War in which Israel was attacked. Israel has given back land from its tiny portion in the name of peace many times already. Now we see that Israel is being attacked from Gaza after withdrawing. In the past seven years over 5,000 rockets have been hitting Sderot and now Ashkelon and surrounding areas from Gaza. This shows that it is not land that Arabs want. They just want to kill us.
She also forgets that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj-Amin el-Husseini, admired and worked with the Germans in the 2nd World War. Arabs then had no compunction about selling out the Jews to Germany.
Arabs had never even conceived of the idea of their own statehood until possibly after 1967 when Israel won the war after being attacked again. Perhaps they saw that we were not so easily overcome. They were offered the chance in 1948 for their own state but declined in favor of driving Israel into the sea. Their goal has not changed. They did nothing with the land before, and are helping to destroy it now.
There is much physical evidence showing that the Arab’s own leaders told their people to leave what was newly declared as Israel and they they would be able to return shortly and take over all the homes and business when the Arabs had won the attack in 1948. Surprising their enemies, Israel won and the "Palestinians" were following the wrong counsel. Like pawns on a chessboard, they ended up getting the short end of the stick.
As far as the holocaust goes, we Jews would probably not have been moved to the degree we did to go back home to Israel if it had not happened. This showed us the need for our own state. Many people would have been saved had we had an Israel when Germany decided that the final solution was to kill all Jews. So now we are still the bad guys. All the Arab nations are jealous and put out because there is a Jewish state among them. The bullies are attacking Israel, so your writer picks on us, too, as it is all our fault. Whatever has happened, there are those who always blame Jews and then of course Israel.