Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
NewsOpinion

Cardin should put Maryland ahead of Israel

IsraelBenjamin L. CardinU.S. Department of StateU.S. Congress

I appreciated reading the commentary, "Don't let Israel discriminate," (April 30) This is a concern that has been long documented by the State Department and a new bill in Congress has been written to provide a "look the other way" response to these racial policies and afford Israel visa waiver status.

Rather than supporting this legislation, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin should be promoting the interests and needs of Maryland residents first. If there are citizens of Maryland who are discriminated against and refused entry into Israel (or any other country for that matter) merely on the basis of being the wrong religion or ethnic origin, he shouldn't be supporting a loophole which would condone these actions.

Rather, Senator Cardin should stand in solidarity with his constituents. By refusing to give Israel visa waiver status, Mr. Cardin would be upholding U.S. principals of fairness and equality. It is also possible that this would encourage Israel to implement less discriminatory policies.

But most importantly, his refusal to support this bill shows his constituents that we are the ones that he truly cares about.

Susan Kerin, Derwood

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    IsraelBenjamin L. CardinU.S. Department of StateU.S. Congress
    • Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom
      Hopkins is hypocritical on academic freedom

      On Sept. 26, an interdisciplinary cohort of students, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University answered President Ronald Daniel's call to join the conversation on academic freedom, which he wrote, "deserves dialogue and debate" ("Hopkins welcomes debate on academic freedom," Feb. 26)....

    • Flawed headline lets Jerusalem killers off the hook
      Flawed headline lets Jerusalem killers off the hook

      Your front-page article about the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by Palestinian militants was reasonably well balanced except for the headline ("Jerusalem synagogue attack leaves four rabbis dead," Nov. 18).

    • Israel's reaction to Jerusalem killings is measured, Palestinians' is disgraceful
      Israel's reaction to Jerusalem killings is measured, Palestinians' is disgraceful

      The Sun's editorial, "Tragedy in Jerusalem" (Nov. 20) about the murders of four rabbis and a policeman by Palestinian terrorists starts well: "This was an act of pure nihilism and murderous hatred that deserves the world's unequivocal condemnation and scorn..." But then comes "that said," and...

    • Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS
      Why Israel isn't rushing to fight ISIS

      Letter writer Fred Lebert asks why Israel hasn't joined the fight against ISIS ("Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?" Oct. 21).

    • Why African-Americans don't support Israel
      Why African-Americans don't support Israel

      Unfortunately, many African Americans as well as the general population do not support Israel because of a lack of knowledge about the origins and the history of the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors ("Why aren't more African Americans supporting Israel?" Oct. 20).

    • Tragedy in Jerusalem
      Tragedy in Jerusalem

      There can be no excuse, no explanation, no reasoned or even plausible justification for the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four rabbis and an Israeli police officer dead. The assailants, two Palestinian militants armed with axes, meat cleavers and a gun who entered...

    • No statehood for murderers
      No statehood for murderers

      The cold-blooded and planned murder of four rabbis, three American and one British, in West Jerusalem by Palestinian Arabs was celebrated both in Gaza and the West Bank ("Tragedy in Jerusalem," Nov. 19). This demonstrates that there can be no permanent nor true peace between Israelis and...

    • Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?
      Why isn't Israel joining the fight against ISIS?

      President Barack Obama's ISIS war plan includes seeking support from Arab nations and others in the battle in Iraq and Syria, but why is Israel sitting the war out when both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and our government have proclaimed Israel to be our staunchest ally? Is it too much for...

    Comments
    Loading