You have it backwards, Ms. Rice

Rice and Mahmoud AbbasBy Vic Rosenthal

Condoleezza Rice ‘understands’ everybody’s pain:

“I know what its like to hear that you can’t use a certain road or pass through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against and powerless,” Rice told a closed meeting of Arab and Israeli representatives, according to the Dutch representative at the summit, Franz Timmermans.

“Like Israelis, I understand what it’s like to go to sleep not knowing if you will be hurt in an explosion, the feeling of terror walking around your own neighborhood, or walking to your house of prayer,” Timmermans quoted Rice as saying, the Washington Post reported. — Jerusalem Post [my emphasis]

Dear Ms. Rice,

Your implied analogy between Palestinians and black Americans in the segregated South is so bad that I cringe.

Can you honestly compare institutions segregated because of groundless racial prejudice with checkpoints at which terrorists carrying bombs are stopped on a regular basis?

Can you honestly compare a fence to keep terrorists out with restrictions on where blacks are permitted to live?

Can you honestly compare the fate of a Hamas rocket squad hit by the IAF with that of the civil rights workers who were beaten with chains and shot to death in Mississippi in 1961?

Can you honestly compare the great Dr. King with the abominable Yasser Arafat?

How can you insult the massive numbers of nonviolent blacks who protested and demonstrated against segregation, exposing themselves to beatings, jailing and even possible murder at the hands of the Klan and racist local police (often one and the same) by comparing them to Palestinians, who either directly carry out terrorist acts of murder and mayhem or, in large majority, applaud those who do?

The Palestinian Arabs, with the military, diplomatic and financial backing of Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, refuse to agree that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state, refuse to stop terrorism against it, and insist that Israel accept almost 5 million hostile Arabs. How is this in any way parallel to the struggle of American blacks to end segregation and discrimination?

There is no parallel, Ms. Rice, except in the doubletalk of the Arabs and their friends, and the media fakery that creates massacres and murders where there aren’t any. And then these non-massacres and non-murders are used as incitement to lynch — you are familiar with this concept? — innocent Israelis.

You have it backwards, Ms. Rice.

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