Israel does not recognize Palestinians’ rights

Washington, D.C., gnashes its teeth over the 298 Malaysian Airlines crash victims and blames Russia (without any proof) but totally ignores the brutal killings, including children, in Gaza City, now more than 1,200 dead and thousands wounded.

The ongoing brutal attacks by Israel are war crimes, are creating more enemies and are not solving the problem. For every wife or husband, child or sibling killed or wounded, Israel alienates whole families and sympathizers worldwide, creating even more enemies. Seems counter-productive, to me.

Some will accept the excuse that Israel has the right to defend itself, but when Palestinians react to the brutalities, they are called “terrorists.” How would you respond if a neighbor stole your land, walled off your neighborhood, cut off food and essential medical supplies, shot your son for throwing rocks at the neighbor’s militants, bombed your neighborhood, and wouldn’t allow construction materials in to fix what was damaged?

Israel first, in 1948, drove Palestinians off their ancestral lands, bulldozed their farms, orchards and houses, driving hundreds of thousands off their lands for Jewish settlements. Over the past 66 years, it’s been all downhill for Palestinians.

Racial apartheid and genocide wasn’t allowed in South Africa, but we condone the same or worse in Israel. When the rest of the world votes to sanction Israel for these crimes, the U.S. vetoes the sanctions and continues to send weapons and more than $3 billion per year to our partner in crime, making us all accomplices. This reminds me of the saying: “A friend of my enemy is my enemy.” Is it any wonder why the U.S. government is reviled? Congress is spineless and turns a blind eye.


Ray Ruthenberg
Stockton, Illinois

From the Sept. 10-16, 2014, issue

19 thoughts on “Israel does not recognize Palestinians’ rights

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Ray you would be better off writing to the KKK as they love to read these fictional tales. There is not even an appropriate place to start in trying to respond to your lies. I hope you go to Syria and help fight jihad over there. They could use another suicide bomber and you would do the world more good if you just sprayed your body pieces over the dessert rather than spraying hate and disguising it with non facts !!!

    • Sep 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I thought Ray brought up some good points. A lot of people feel just like Ray. Some don’t. The crucial point for Israel’s future is just how many will feel like Ray? Calling Ray a liar will not turn anyone against him.
      In fact social media could be turning people to Ray’s corner? Something the high tech country might want to think about.

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 10:27 am

    This letter is rife with misinformation and sadly there will be others who are as misinformed who will believe what Ray has written.
    Israel is not an apartheid state. Please get a dictionary. The Muslims, Christians, and other minorities that live in Israel vote, have their own civil courts and private schools. Most of which is paid for by Israel.

    The continuing problem in Israel is Hamas which is part of the Muslim Brotherhood and has the same goals as Boko Harem and ISIS. Iran is supporting and supplying rockets.

    Prior to the election which put Hamas in charge of Gaza there were no walls and people from the Gaza strip worked in Israel and vise versa. Isreal when it pulled out of Gaza in the name of peace left fields, groves, homes, etc. which Hamas burned to the ground.

    Gaza never stopped sending rockets into Israel after the 2012 war. And have violated every agreement with Israel. They were sending hundred per week aimed at schools, daycares, elderly and civilian housing.

    Hamas siphoned off million to build the tunnels and purchase rockets. Over 200 children were killed digging the tunnels. There is much much more. The UN was complicit and allowed the money to be siphoned and rockets stored in schools and hospitals. When the rockets were found, the UN returned them.

    The total embarrassment to the United States is the fact we did not support Israel in a stronger way and thus supported terrorism in the Middle East and at home. The big losers are the people living in Gaza who are being used as cannot fodder by Hamas and Iran.

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    What a horrid article. From the beginning to the end, this writing demonstrates the ignorance and bigotry of the writer.

    Apartheid in Israel? No basis whatsoever. Israel is the only free country in the middle east according to Human Rights Watchdog and all Israelis, Arab or not, enjoy full human rights, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO ELECT REPRESENTATIVES TO THE GOVERNMENT, even when their representatives (like Haneen Zoabi) are arrested for inciting terror attacks against their own government officials.

    This article is just… bad. Really, really bad.

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    USS Liberty attack is a good example of how Israeli diplomacy works.

    • Sep 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      WRONG!! Do not flaunt your ignorance like you are proud of it!!

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    USS Liberty was in 1967. The ship was unmarked and several investigations said that Israel was not at fault. When you see this posted it is always by someone who is trying to turn people against Israel by posting things that happened years ago and not posting the truth about the investigations.

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    For a new, realistic and fair paradigm, focusing on the indigeneity of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, see “Pyrrhic victories and glass houses: the Palestinians, the Jewish State of Israel, and the Wobbly Ceasefire” @

  • Sep 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Susan you seriously need to obtain your information from other sources. The USS Liberty was attacked without warning in international waters AND was identified and tracked for nine hours by the Israeli military before the attack. The Liberty had no armaments and was traveling at a safe five knots, no efforts by the Israeli military were made to contact the ship where 34 men lost their lives. This is just one of many incidents over the years initiated by Israel’s military and their unwillingness to accept any responsibility for their actions.

  • Sep 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Albert. You need to get real sources. Sad that you continue to post misinformation. Very very sad that you use our service people to promote lies and hate.

  • Sep 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry Susan it is what it is, the information has been fact checked and carefully chronicled by the US Liberty crew and independent news sources. What’s particularly troubling are the number of documents stilled sealed that could further corroborate their information.

  • Sep 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Sorry Albert you still are posting lies. The United States government did two inquiries into what happened and said it was not deliberate. that it was a spy ship and it did not identify itself. Israel did pay some reparations. The ship was hit during a war and had no markings. Quit posting lies from a hate site on Rock River Times. Are you one of the trolls who posts this on sites every time they see Israel mentioned? Are you from the Rockford area? Any one with a computer can search and know what your are posting is not factual.

    Remember that was 1967. Lot’s has happened since then. But your posting is still misrepresentation and not factual. Your so called documentation is false.

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Susan your rebuttals are ridiculous. I urge you to do a bit of research to first understand the politics involved between the US and Israel and second review all documents available especially those submitted by the USS Liberty crew members. I would like to think it was an unfortunate accident but it wasn’t and to say the ship was unmarked is false. The hull was clearly marked and the ship flew a standard American flag which was eventually shot down. What was unmarked were the Israeli jets that attacked this ship in international waters.

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Albert I will end this. You continue to post absolute lies and fabrications. I urge everyone to do real research and not rely on Albert’s made up statements. There is nothing true in them. For one it was an unmarked ship with no flags flying. It was a spy ship in the middle of a war. Unfortunately, this keeps being posted. The horrible incident happened in 1967 and lots has happened since then. The posters who post this and this misinformation are frequently anti-Israel haters. This is posted when it is totally irrelevant as in this situation to try to provoke hate. What it does is show gross disrespect to our service men who lost their lives. And tries to dupe people into believing an out and outright lie.

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I was addressing my last comment to Albert. I am Susan. Please do not mix us up. Please accept my apologies.

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I will add the comment. Thanks for deleting the one I said that my name was Albert.
    Now I will address Albert.
    Your information is simply not true. The ship was unmarked in an area where fighting was happening. The Israeli planes were clearly marked. You keep posting this fabrication. There were several investigations that came up with the same result. The ship was unmarked and was a spy ship. It is offensive to those of us who have lost service people to see our loved ones lives shamelessly used to promote hate. I had not family involved in this particular event, but realize that people did and now, this event that happened in 1967 is being used to promote hate. It is totally irrelevant to the world situation today though not to people who lost family members.

    Your comment had nothing to do with the topic at hand. You use Rock River Times to post untruths to further your agenda of misinformation.
    I encourage people to find the true information. There are several people called trolls that go from site to site and comment with lies and negativity on Israel every chance they get.

    I am ending this because you will persist in posting untruths.

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Susan I feel very strongly about the Liberty incident. It was my generation of service men and of course that includes the Vietnam war as well. All I ask is that you do your homework and review all accounts of this deliberate attack including that of the late Adm. Thomas Moorer former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff in his memorandum dated June 8, 1997 on the 30th anniversary of this event.

    As for my comments to RRT I believe that is my privilege same as everyone else.

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I did look it up as you suggested. That was just his opinion. Israel paid reparations. But the overall belief after several inquires about the USS Liberty was that it was a tragic accident in which the lack of communications from the US paid a part. You may have strong feelings about this, but you do not seem to have the majority who reviewed the information supporting your conclusion. My question to you is why would you, almost 50 years later use this to attack Israel? It is the same thinking that we should hate all Muslims because of what happened at 911 or all Germans because of WWII. Of course that would be wrong. No person should hate all Muslims because of 911 nor hate all people with German ancestry because of events that happened years ago. Do you think we should hate all Vietnamese? I don’t. Just food for thought.

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Not sure what your sources were Susan but thanks for making an attempt to understand this tragic event. To me the evidence gleaned from a number of documents as well as testimony from the crew is just far too compelling think it was a mistake.

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