SLANDER IS NOT A PATH TO PEACE

On November 7, 2010 Human rights activist Ali Abunimah spoke to a large crowd of 250 at the University of NM. Three days earlier, on November 4, a time traveling UNM Professor by the name of Todd Goldblum wrote an article that appeared in the UNM Daily Lobo. In his outrageously absurd but, thankfully, short article, Goldblum slandered Abunimah and the BDS movement and claimed that he and his fellow pro-Israelis were the groups that wanted peace. I felt compelled to reply to Goldblum’s ignorance with a short article of my own. Goldblum’s letter follows mine.

Todd Goldblum’s letter to the editor – “The ‘single-state’ solution to Middle East conflict is violent” – in which he accuses Ali Abunimah of “hate and destruction,” is indicative of the one-sided thinking that justifies an illegal and brutal occupation. Rather than take responsibility for his false and biased beliefs by honestly researching this subject, Goldblum relies on universally discredited Zionist myths that were deliberately designed to create hate toward and destruction of the Palestinian people. He claims to be pro-peace and pro-Palestinian yet his entire argument, from the UN Partition plan to the Arab invasion in 1948 to the 2000 Camp David Summit, is a testament to propaganda and prejudice.

If Goldblum was really interested in “equal rights” and a “brighter future” for Palestinian children he would have the common decency to study the documented history of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Israeli state, Central Zionist, David Ben-Gurion, Israeli Defense Forces and many other Israeli archives reveal the lies that have induced Goldblum and others to support policies that are anchored in unequal rights for Palestinians and that are intended to create a bleak future for their children. Furthermore, he would apologize for slandering a sincere human rights activist. Rich Forer

The ‘single-state’ solution to Middle East conflict is violent

Editor,

Ali Abunimah recently spoke at UNM to promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel. He also calls for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rather than the popular two-state solution. His vision is one of hate and destruction, rather than bringing Israelis and Palestinians together.

First of all, blaming Israel entirely for the conflict is extremely myopic. Prior to 1948, when Israel declared its independence, the UN called for two separate states — one Jewish and one Palestinian. Israel agreed to the UN plan, but the Arabs responded with violence and an attack on the Jewish state. In 2000, Israel offered Arafat a two-state solution with Palestinians retaining virtually all of their land including East Jerusalem. Arafat gave a resounding “no” to this generous offer and instead called for violence and a Palestinian state to occupy all of Israel. This is the “one-state solution” that Abunimah is calling for. To this day, both Hamas and Hezbollah have pledged to continue terrorizing and murdering Jews until Israel is under complete Palestinian control.

So what would a one-state solution look like? With Hamas and Hezbolllah running freely in Israel, what do you think they would do to the Jews? Have them over for tea?

In contrast to Abunimah and the BDS movement, the pro-Israel movement is for peace for all peoples. We are pro-Israel and also pro-Palestinian. We believe that both Jews and Palestinians are entitled to the land and should live in peace. We do not teach our children to hate Palestinians. We do not send rockets to Gaza to kill children. We believe in equal rights for all persons. We want to see Palestinian children looking forward to a brighter future. We desperately believe in a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Abunimah and BDS are against this.

Todd Goldblum, UNM professor.

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