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Inverting the Holocaust 

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To the editors.

In an otherwise fine article, Mr. McClory ["Children of the Holocaust," July 6] reveals how even a concerned person like him is becoming part of the inversion of the Holocaust into an anti-Jewish tool. One aspect of this is the often made argument that because the Jews suffered so terribly they are forbidden to protect their interests as do other people, and are thereby obligated to continue to suffer. This twisted attitude is also extended toward Israel and is accompanied by an incredible acceptance of false reporting about what transpires there.

A good example from the above article: Rizowy's claimed pro-Israel stands are considered "ironic" by McClory coming from a son of survivors and one who does not believe in aggression. In addition, whatever Rizowy says about Israel is not called opinions or explanations but apologies. Israel, Mr. McClory writes, is "a nation much criticized for pushing others out of the way." The truth is the opposite: Israel has problems precisely because she did not do so and is consequently saddled with mortal enemies inside her very narrow borders. What is particularly offensive is that such "criticism" comes from Americans whose whole country has been built on the proposition of "pushing others out of the way." Israel has never enacted laws such as "The Indian Removal Act" and its numerous sequels. Moreover, the Americans had no historical right whatsoever to this land, while the Jews in Israel have returned to reestablish their state in their ancient homeland.

If anything, Rizowy is much too mild in his discussions in WBEZ, by not fully exposing the viciousness of the Arab governments, particularly in their actions against Israel and their Christian communities. I guess he knows how biased the listeners are, as McClory's comments demonstrate, and is therefore confining himself to information they are capable of absorbing.

E.B. Ayal

W. Birchwood

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