Kerry ‘retarded the peace process’
Re: Kerry Breaks ‘Apartheid’ Taboo, April 29.
By becoming the first American official to the use the word “apartheid” in relation to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has joined the ranks of the anti-Semites. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that does not practice apartheid. Ask the 850,000 Jews forced out of their homes in the Middle East and North Africa. Ask the 700,000 Christian Lebanese forced out during the PLO occupation of their country. Ask Bethlehem’s Christians, 80% of whom were forced out by the PLO. Ask the women and gays of the Arab world. Ask the Coptic Christians of Egypt, or the Bedouin who fled into Israel from Gaza. Mr. Kerry has disgraced himself and retarded the peace process. President Barack Obama should fire him and Israel should place him on its no-fly list.
Len Bennett, Montreal.
In one fell swoop, John Kerry has sunk the peace process. Although he retracted his statements, his careless use of language seriously undermines the trust of one party in a two-sided conflict. He could easily have said that the failure of the Palestinians to accept a two-state solution at this time and recognize Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people will mean no statehood for the Palestinians for years to come and an unbearable status quo. He could have called upon Hamas to rip up its genocidal charter that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. By raising the temperature with irresponsible language, he has now set himself up as the fall guy, when it really should have fallen on the shoulders of the parties to the conflict.
Martin Gladstone, Toronto.