MLK, Israel and hypocrisy

To the editor:

Martin Luther King, Jr, whose life we just commemorated, fought for equality for all people regardless of their race or their ancestry or their ethnicity. We honor that concept. It’s enshrined in our Constitution and is used as a measure of advanced democracies around the world. Thus, I have never been able to understand why we are not allowed to criticize Israel’s discriminatory foundation which clearly violates this basic tenet. Isn’t it considered an advanced democracy?

In his recent letter, Mr. Moon didn’t challenge my description of Israel’s “Law of Return” as discriminatory. He chose to simply argue that it’s acceptable for Israel to discriminate. As painful as one’s history may be, it’s hypocritical to sanction discrimination as an answer to intolerance.

Mr. Moon asks what my motivations are. Human rights, Mr. Moon, for everyone. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963).

Tricia Saenger


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