Palestinians still being denied rights
Once again The Charleston Gazette and its editorial board have stood firm in its condemnation of Israeli practice and apartheid imposed on Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Thank God there are still people of good will who are willing to stand firm for the human and civil rights of a people who, for no fault of their own, are being treated as second-class citizens in the land in which they have lived for centuries.
In the same paper and on the same day, an interesting article appeared about "Homeland" actor Mandy Patinkin making a small push for peace in Israel and a two-state solution for the Arab Palestinians with Israel.
For over half a century, Israel has denied Palestinians their rights, and the present Israeli government, under the leadership of "King" Benjamin Netanyahu, keeps building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, building highways for Jews only, cutting off water and electricity to Arabs and building walls to divide Palestinians from entering Jewish cities and access to Christian and Muslim holy sites.
All American presidents and administrations as well as the United Nations and world governments have condemned these practices, but Israel continues its apartheid policies under the pretext of security.
Israel, with U.S. support, could crush the entire Middle East if it so chooses with its superior military. What does it have to fear? Israel was not happy with President Arafat and is not happy with President Abbas and will not be happy until they are able to name their own Palestinian president.
Where is the justice here? Over 100 nations in the world have recognized Palestine as a state and it is high time that Israel and the United States do likewise, so that the Palestinian people will be free to exercise their human and civil rights. May it happen in our lifetime!
The Rev. George S. Corey