Araim's 'Pro-Arab hogwash'

Amer Araim's letter in the Jan. 9 Walnut Creek Journal ("Arab states shouldn't help Israel with this) badly needs a response.

Araim claims Israel is practicing "ethnic cleansing," but nothing could be further from the truth.

He claims, "As a result of Zionist organizations' terror campaign in the 1940s, hundreds of thousand of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes, and to settle in the Arab countries as refugees." First, the claim of terror campaigns -- the Israelis were fighting for survival in the 1940s.

On Nov. 29, 1947, a U.N. resolution called for the partition of Palestine into separate Arab and Jewish states. The Arabs rejected this. On May 14, 1948, the British pulled out of Palestine refusing to enforce the U.N. resolution. On the same day, the Jewish state declared its independence. Merely hours later, the Jewish state was attacked by the Arabs (Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan).

Once the Arabs were defeated, many thousands of Palestinians fled Israel. It is arguable as to how many voluntarily left and how many were forced out. "During the Lausanne Conference of 1949, Israel proposed allowing the return of 100,000 of the refugees" (Wikipedia). The Arabs refused.


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The sorry plight of the Palestinians is due to the refusal of any Arab state to take them or even help them. They live in poverty and unhealthy conditions. It is not Israel's responsibility to rescue them.

Unfortunately, there is an inbred Arab hatred of the Jews reinforced by generation after generation of Arabs. There is little hope for any peaceful settlement of the Palestinian/Israeli situation as long as this hatred continues. The Arabs/Palestinians refuse to accept any peace solution offered by anyone.

Don't forget Israel is our only friend in the Middle East. It is vital to our safety and well being.

Too bad Araim is a teacher at DVC, where he can continue to spew out his anti-Israel, pro-Arab hogwash to our impressionable young people. And too bad the Times keeps printing his nonsense.

Ken Hambrick

Walnut Creek

Resents anti-Israel rhetoric

I am offended by the blatant bias and anti-Israel rhetoric that Amer Araim's letters to the editor display on a consistent basis.

His last letter on Jan. 8 only further solidified his position of a dangerous and divisive mindset by falsifying as "fact" the history behind the Arab "right of return." He writes that "Palestinians were forced to leave their homes as a result of Zionist terrorism campaigns." In truth, Palestinians were offered to stay by Israelis fighting for their homeland, and were offered protection. But on the surrounding Arab countries' advice, they were told to leave, and after the Arabs won the war would be able to return as victors against the Israelis.

Of course that didn't happen, and then those same Arab countries refused to accept the newly called "Palestinian refugees." Araim further states that Israel attempted to "ethnically cleans Palestinians." How disgusting and false; more than 1.6 Million Arabs live peacefully with full rights inside Israel proper today; that's something Jews don't experience in Arab lands.

To see his views exposed not only publicly, but to our students locally at Diablo Valley College, is disturbing. As an "adjunct professor of political science" at DVC, I would have hoped our community colleges would require less partisanship and obvious bias when having professors teach our students with our tax dollars. He has an obvious agenda, and providing an unbiased view is evidently beyond his ability.

Kevin Wilk

Walnut Creek