Letter: Please be fair about Israel

Published: 11/23/2022 7:00:27 AM
Modified: 11/23/2022 7:00:16 AM

I just returned from a two week trip to Israel. I arrived just one day after the most recent election there. As such I feel well placed to respond to the recent My Turn in the Sunday Monitor (11/20) titled “All are born free and equal.” In the My Turn, Israel is mentioned alongside United States, India, and Hungary as a country where religious extremists are growing in power, and threatening the rights of non-belongers to their particular group. The column is not wrong about the election that just happened in Israel, but I would like to look at it slightly more deeply.

This election in Israel was a source of much grief and consternation among the people that I personally met in Israel. My friends and family there are all secular, as is over 40% of the Israeli population. The election was very close, just about 50-50. The extreme right wing coalition formed by Netanyahu won by a narrow margin. I ask Monitor readers to be fair-minded toward Israel. Let us remember our own struggles with extremism, with Trumpism, with political division, and the rise of racism within our borders. Please ask yourself if it would be fair for the world to judge us as if all Americans were deniers of equal rights based on race and religion. We are not, and Israelis are not.

Ruth Chevion



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