Letter to the editor Contra Costa Times published June 2002:
Israel is indeed a “staunch ally” of the US (Readers’ Forum, May 7). It
seems logical that billions of dollars per year in aid buys at least
some level of loyalty.
It’s what else that money buys that is so disturbing. It pays for
Apache gunships, tanks, and F-16 fighter jets that wreak destruction and
death on a basically unarmed civilian population.
It pays for settlement activities that inject a foreign, imperialistic
presence in an area that is traditionally Arab in character.
It pays for a racist, apartheid-like system that provides more rights
and privileges to its Jewish inhabitants than to non-Jews. Observers
from South Africa have commented that the system in Gaza and the West
Bank is remarkably similar to the tactics imposed upon the black
population of their own country before autonomy was at last achieved.
Yes, it’s true, Israel is a staunch US ally. But, unfortunately, it is
also a huge threat to world peace, for all of the reasons listed above,
and many, many more.
Injecting a European or American presence into an area against the will
of the native population is imperialistic and colonialistic. In modern
times, few such anachronistic outposts have proven successful. In South
Africa, the native population seized back the land from the white
settlers. The oil-industry colony, Aramco, failed in Saudi Arabia.
Israel must heed the lessons of history. Self-determination and
nationalism are indeed powerful forces for change.