Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 03, 2011 7:20 AM

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Don't forget Israel when educating on the Middle East

Congratulations to the University of Iowa for presenting programs to learn more about the Middle East such as Middle East Week. As you know, the Arab world is exploding with riots and demonstrations over tyranny, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and hunger — and rightly so.

But did you know that the Jewish state of Israel, while very concerned about what is happening around her, is an island of stability, freedom, and creativity amidst all this turmoil?

Did you know the Israel is a democracy that supports women's rights, gay rights, and religious rights for all? Israel has a fair and impartial justice system with Arabs on its Supreme Court, was among the first responders to the natural disasters in Haiti and Japan, and has been on the frontlines of innovation from the Kindle to wastewater recycling to the coagulating bandage (distributed free to U.S. soldiers).

Warren Buffet said, "You go to the Middle East looking for oil; you don't need to stop in Israel. But if you go looking for brains, for energy, for integrity, it's the only stop you need to make in the Middle East."

Did you know that four Israeli Universities were ranked in the top 150 in the world by China's Shanghai Jiago Tong University?

If you did not know any of these facts, then the UI must do a better job of informing in the future.

Allan G. Ross
executive director
Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities

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