23, October 2003 Stanford Daily, RE: Israel
Response to local letters,
In defending the extremist views of Daniel Pipes, Sheree Roth displays her obvious bias against Muslims. It is a pity Roth and Pipes choose to ignore the hijacking of the Jewish faith by Sharon and other Israeli fanatics who have unleashed a reign of terror on the Palestinians in pursuit of a 'greater Israel'. Under the smoke screen of routing out terrorists, Israel has occupied large swaths of Gaza and the West Bank, demolished 11,000 homes, murdered hundreds of innocent civilians including women and children. The killing of innocent civilians by suicide bombers is repugnant.
The killing of innocent civilians using helicopter gunships, tanks, and bombs, is equally repugnant. Perhaps Roth is not aware that Israeli reserve pilots refused to bomb civilians and presented a signed petition stating they would not take part in "illegal and immoral" strikes in Palestinians area in the West Bank and Gaza strip. This follows hundreds of reserve soldiers who have pledged not to serve in the West Bank and Gaza strip, stating they will "fight no more to rule, deport, destroy, blockade, exterminate, starve, and humiliate the Palestinian people. Israel's leading human rights group, B'Tselem recently reported that Israel had violated 29 of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Roth and Pipes would do well to heed the advice of the great Rabbi, Eliezer Waldman, who heads a yeshiva of Kiryat Arba who said "soldiers MUST NOT follow and order that is against the commandment of the Torah." Fanaticism and murder is indefensible be it Islamic militants or Jewish terrorists. Finally, I am appalled that the Hoover Institution chose to tarnish its apolitical image by sponsoring Daniel Pipes's talk.