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Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:00 am

William Van Amber Fields’ letter on Aug. 15, “http://www.lodinews.com/opinion/letters/article_edad9bf4-a572-5151-a7b4-a650a87ee7c8.html">Will the United States back a Palestinian State or our ally Israel,” was rife with misinformation. To begin with, Obama has already promised to veto the statehood motion, and Jews are not banned from Muslim nations.

There were many further inaccuracies. To wit:

Israel struck first in the Six Day War against its two secular neighbors. The land seized during the Six Day War was taken from the Palestinians, not the warring nations.

The statehood motion has nothing to do with the Golan Heights, and even less to do with Syria. It refers to the 1967 borders of the Palestinian territories, of which the Heights were not a part.

Jerusalem is already divided into East and West Jerusalem. The Arab population of East Jerusalem pays taxes to Israel, but receives neither representation nor infrastructure.

The settlements are on occupied territories. The transfer of a population into a militarily occupied territory is a war crime by international laws, and the settlers have less of an ancestral claim to their settlements than the Palestinians they illegally forced off the land.

According to Kairos Palestine (the voice of Christians in Palestine), “in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements and only 13 percent of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian (Christian) use and the wall isolates 25 percent of the Bethlehem area’s agricultural land.”

Kairos also stated that Christians are prevented from accessing holy sites and often removed from their land, never allowed to return.

The Holy Land has a universal mission of love, not exclusion.

Emma Lasher

Berkeley

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