Supports U.N. vote on Palestine issue

I am a Jew who supports the U.N. decision on Palestine.

Media polls having self-selecting responders are ridiculous. Nonrandom sample polls don't reflect public opinion, but the opinion of whoever has the time and interest to respond. Even many statistically driven random sample polls are subject to the biases of the information in the media (sometimes censored or incomplete).

The current poll you're running on the U.N. vote granting Palestine official-observer status suffers in both respects.

For many decades, some of us have pressured the media to present a more accurate and balanced representation of Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands and the occupying army's oppression.

Now a corner has been turned, with most of the world's nations putting themselves on record and some U.S. media (including the Bay Area News Group chain) recognizing past censorship must be loosened.

I congratulate your papers for that newfound independence, but I point out your poll is little more than a safety valve to vent Zionist anger and a lack of understanding that Zionism's unilateralism is ending.

Dr. Marc Sapir

Berkeley

U.N. vote was right and moral

The U.N. General Assembly, representing the majority of the world's population, absolutely did the right and moral thing in recognizing the Palestinian people.

Palestinians have languished for 75 years, first as refugees and lately as an occupied people, with none of their God-given rights and without insisting their occupiers perform their responsibilities under international law. Worse, they're vilified for daring to defend themselves.

For the past 20 years, Palestinians have attempted to negotiate with Israel and the United States to provide some semblance of life in the Palestine they still could control. But Israel violated all the provisions of those negotiations with the concurrence of the United States. When the United Nations attempted to condemn the violations, the United States blocked all votes.

Here's an opportunity to begin allowing Palestinians to gain the dignity of their own state.

Kathleen Nimr

Martinez

Rights also come with responsibilities

Yes, I think the United Nations did the right thing in recognizing Palestine as a nation.

Of course, this should include all the rights and duties offered to all the other nations. This includes the duty to supply troops to fight all terrorist groups, including Hamas.

I wonder if Mahmoud Abbas and his people would have a problem with this?

David Brusiee

Pleasanton

Palestinians on the world stage

Facilitated by the United States, Israel has trampled with impunity on the rights of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank for more than 45 years, prattling arrogantly about a "peace process," while it devours Palestinian land for Jewish-only settlements.

The U.N. recognition of Palestinian state status moves us closer to revealing Israel's colonial regime for what it is, and toward the realization, at long last, of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and equality.

Carol Sanders

Berkeley

Palestine should have nationhood

I support the U.N. vote to recognize a Palestinian state.

How can peace come to a region patrolled by soldiers, controlled by checkpoints and walls? A land in which thousands of olive trees, the livelihood of Palestinians, have been uprooted? A land where hundreds of homes have been destroyed on orders from superiors in Israel, leaving the resident owners homeless?

Palestinians have been living for years with intimidation and insults, with imprisonment without cause, with the theft of water needed for their crops -- water then used in swimming pools of illegal Jewish settlements. The way Palestinians are treated dishonors Israel.

Noam Chomsky wrote, after his visit to Palestine: "It hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world's largest open-air prison. Such cruelty is to ensure that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed."

Palestine should have nationhood in the community of nations.

Stella Goodpasture

Oakland Goodpasture is a justice promoter at Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

U.N.'s vote a step in right direction

I support the U.N. vote to recognize a Palestinian state.

I hope this, and further involvement of the Palestinian Authority in the United Nations, will help bring peace with security to the Holy Land.

My wife and I are supporters of Churches for Middle East Peace, PalCraftAid, Middle East Children's Alliance, and other peace and support groups.

Thank you for this Talk Back opportunity.

Carl Walker

Orinda

Palestinians will never accept Jews

I don't support the U.N. vote to recognize a Palestinian state. I believe the United Nations is a fraudulent body usurping our country's sovereignty and destroying our constitutional form of government.

The current Israeli state and the Palestinian refugee problem were created after World War II via a U.N. vote causing proximity of these two ancient biblical enemies. Palestinians will never accept Jews on land they believe belongs to them; endless conflict between the two peoples is inevitable. I believe this is the United Nations' goal in order to foment World War III.

Interestingly, neighboring Muslim countries with huge amounts of land and money have never offered to take in the refugees.

Jewish scholars believe the people currently living in the Gaza Strip are the Edomites, descendants of Abraham's son, Esau. God says this of the Edomites (Isaiah 34:12): "They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing."

According to biblical prophecy, any attempt to give these people statehood status will seal their doom.

Marilynne L. Mellander

El Sobrante

Stated goal to destroy Israel

I would like to ask those in the United Nations who voted "yes" to recognize a Palestinian state: "How do you make peace with a political entity whose stated and often repeated goal is to annihilate, murder, and destroy you?"

Mike Levine

Moraga

U.N. voted for human rights

The United Nations initially created the state of Israel with specific boundaries. None of those boundaries have been honored.

Yes, Israel has a right defend itself, but who protects the native population from Israel. If a bulldozer leveled my family home of generations, I might throw rocks, or rockets, too.

Enough is enough: 70 years of illegal occupation, open-air prisons, and a population that is occupied, surrounded and walled in.

Our government is owned by the Israeli lobby. People are afraid that if they speak out, they will be labeled anti-Semitic instead of pro peace and justice.

God bless the United Nations and its members brave enough to stand up for human rights, not just Israeli rights.

Lynn M. Martin

Dublin