I agree with Fred Dillon (letter Feb. 18) that Jews have been persecuted for centuries. During the Middle Ages when Christian armies gathered to go to Palestine to attack Muslims they would sometimes first attack Jews, robbing their homes to finance Christian crusades.
Jews were alternately welcomed by powerful Christians so the Jews could lend them money — but then persecuted, killed and exiled when popular bigotry prevailed.
I love Israel. But it’s also true that conservative nationalists in the Likud Party persecute and treat with contempt Palestinian citizens of Israel and also in the West Bank, which Israeli nationalists want to annex.
Many Israelis would like a peaceful two-state solution in which Jews and Palestinians respect each other and share the historical and religious treasures of Jerusalem and live and work in harmony. That’s the goal we should all strive for.
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