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New York Times happy to publish call for ethnic cleansing

Following the extensive New York Times feature on American companies getting tax deductions for building settlements in the West Bank, one letter writer in the paper is upset:

To the Editor:

Some questions:

Why should it be controversial for tax-exempt charities to aid people who live in disputed territory?

Why is it that Jews living in the ancient Jewish cities of Hebron or Jerusalem on Jewish-owned land are constantly called an obstacle to peace, while the Arabs of Jaffa or Haifa are not?

Why is it that the term “apartheid” is applied to Israel, where Arabs and Jews live together, while it is assumed that ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank must precede the establishment of a Palestinian state?

The hypocrisy is blatant.

I repeatedly see in your newspaper the phrase “a two-state solution.” The solution under discussion is not a two-state solution at all. It is a state and a half for the Palestinians, and half a state for the Jews. In other words, it is just a subtle plan for the dissolution of Jewish sovereignty.

If the creation of a Palestinian state necessitates transfer of Jews from Har Bracha in the West Bank, then the creation of the redefined Israel ought to necessitate the transfer of its Arab minority as well.

Richard Gertler
Teaneck, N.J., July 6, 2010

The letter essentially calls for ethnic cleansing.

  • ej

    Gertler appears to be putting a clear-cut case for a one-state solution.

    But do property rights apply?

    Jews can live anywhere, including in any private property owned by non-Jews. And Arabs can live?

    If property rights are not sacrosanct, it appears that Gertler is inviting any Arab family to move in on him in Teaneck.

  • Shaun

    The writer asks some very valid questions that people on this board including author should take a few minutes to answer.  Many here are quick to throw accusations of apartheid and ethnic cleansing at Israel while ignoring the fact that it is only the ‘Palestinians’ who insist on the forceful destruction of another people’s communities.  It is only the ‘Palestinians’ who have set the forced removal of another people from their future homeland as a precondition to peace.  If these are not examples of apartheid and ethnic cleansing then I don’t know what is.  You can’t condemn one and turn a total blind eye to the other.   If more than a million Arabs have the right to live in Israel, then a couple hundred Jews must equally have the right to live in a future ‘Palestine’, to say otherwise makes you a hypocrite.

  • ej


    you're a brain-dead fuckwit. Zionism has rotted the wherewithal.

    'It is only the ‘Palestinians’ who have set the forced removal of another people from their future homeland as a precondition to peace.'

    FUTURE homeland? What?

    The sentence needs to be re-written, thus:

    'It is only the Israelis who have set the forced removal of another people from their homeland as a precondition to peace.'

    And meanwhile, you continue your contemptible practice of referring to Palestinians as so-called.

    Back to your cave mate. You demean yourself, you degrade yourself.

  • john


    Shaun  and Richard Gertler believe  that the continued dispossession of the Palestinians is  the price of peace. Questions of  justice and morality are brushed aside.The will of Israel  must be obeyed.

    You are wasting your energy EJ.

    Unfortunately t he vulgarity of opinion displayed by Shaun and Gertner will try to triumph over human decency.