Letter: Israel must respect Palestinian rights
If Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s support for a Palestinian state (Monitor letters, July 30) means she supports an independent, sovereign State of Palestine, including Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, along the 1967 (Green Line) borders (with whatever mutually agreed-upon modifications the two parties negotiate) with East Jerusalem as its capital and ruled by a unification government of its choosing then I agree.
I don’t support any agreements, however, where Palestinian rights and sovereignty are endorsable only so long as they are subordinated to Israeli interests.
I also support a Palestinian right of return. A few years ago, I had a conversation with Israeli strategic consultant Yossi Alpher and asked why Israel was so opposed to even a modest Palestinian right of return – perhaps just a handful, a few hundred – any token acknowledgement of “The Nakba” (catastrophe) that befell indigenous Palestinians by the creation of the State of Israel? Alpher said that to permit even a handful to return would acknowledge that Israel was “born in sin” and that that was unacceptable.
A colleague responded, “What nation hasn’t been born in sin?” Further, I’ve no problem with Israel building a wall separating it from the occupied Palestinian territories if that makes it feel safe.
My problem arises when the wall is built in part on someone else’s land. If Israel wants a wall then build it exclusively on Israeli land – along the 1967 Green Line – and you will not hear another peep about it from me. Also, I’d like to offer a correction to Rabbi Nafshi’s letter – more than 605 Israelis were killed in the Second Intifada. I believe the truth is sadder – it was approximately 1,010 Israelis, 3,350 Palestinians and 55 foreigners.