Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 29, 2010 7:30 AM

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Goodner’s report biased, misrepresenting

Before going to Israel last month, David Goodner (“Goodner: Protective accompaniment in occupied Palestine,” Jan. 20) wrote, “If Jesus is to be found in the modern-day Holy Land, he will be found among the Palestinians.” If you don’t know who is oppressing Jesus Christ, Goodner tells you. Israel is continuing the “biblical slaughter of the Holy Innocents” and “crucifying” the Palestinians and their supporters.

Perhaps when one expects to see Jesus’ oppressor, it is easy to “personally witness” endless cruel acts perpetrated by the evil-doer. Goodner routinely uses the passive voice in his rhetoric, leaving Israel as the universal perpetrator. He provides few facts with which to verify allegations.

For example, Goodner claims to have witnessed or documented, “the burning of the Yasuf mosque to the ground.” He never says who did this, but implies it was Israel, his villain. Oddly, the mosque is not located in or around any of the cities where Goodner claims to have “witnessed” events. It is near Salfit, a town Goodner never mentions.

More likely, he glanced at a news report. Yona Metzger, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, invoked the memory of the Holocaust in damning the arsonist. “The mosque attack has been condemned across the political spectrum in Israel,” one report said. Indeed, a group of rabbis even attempted to deliver new Korans to the town.

Goodner refers to a “nonviolent popular resistance,” but pictures on his blog show many Fatah flags. He was trained by an organization that met with suicide bombers before an attack on Tel Aviv and gave shelter to a leader of Islamic Jihad, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Goodner noted on his blog, “I’m not in the Holy Land on a fact-finding mission. Nor do I intend for this blog to demonstrate even a pretense of impartiality or objectivity.” Well said.

James Eaves-Johnson
UI graduate

Right-wing spewing should be exposed

Watching news on Fox or CNN should be considered propaganda from a doublespeak, half-truth, Republican (owner of the networks) Party. Considering the Bush memory loss regarding his performance, policies, and alienation of the United States from the rest of the world, how can the public be so apprehensive of progress?

Eight years of the Bush regime did so much damage. The self-serving right wing is perverting the information on everything it seems. They apparently don’t care about most of America. The economic debacle that made the rich richer and artificially pumped the banking world hit its peak, as planned, with the exit of Bush.

President Obama has the biggest cleanup of all time, yet the Bush backers do what they are doing to deceive and manipulate. This is rampant from so many of the wealthiest owners of not just the media, but banking, pharmaceutical, and insurance.

From the top to the bottom, watch, listen, and rein in the talking heads and the spew that represents the party behind the curtain. Support progress, humanity, and hope.

Go Obama.

W.R. Ginkens
Solon resident

Supreme Court ruling outrageous

The recent Supreme Court decision to consider corporations people and to allow them additional access to political power is so cynically corrupt, it is almost unbelievable. It amounts to inviting Big Business to buy politicians, and it completely disenfranchises the individual citizen.

We need not only to reverse this damaging and embarrassing endorsement of robber barons but also to take punitive action against the corrupt judges who so twisted both U.S. law and common sense in this judgment.

Cole Swensen
Iowa City resident

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