Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Colonial Israel brings criticism on itself

Kevin Myers (Comment, July 7) doesn't seem to understand why Israel is singled out for criticism in Ireland, unlike Arab states.

Might I suggest a possible reason? Namely that, in 1967, Israel took by force large swathes of territory - the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and Gaza (and the Syrian Golan Heights) - and has occupied them militarily ever since. It then annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

In the manner of a colonial power, Israel stole large tracts of land in these Palestinian territories and planted around 500,000 Jewish settlers with the clear intention of holding on to some or all of these territories.

While all Arab regimes have their faults, none has a 40-year record of occupation, annexation and colonisation like Israel.

DAVID MORRISON

Belfast

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