In their commentary, Zainab Choudry and Saqib Ali ("Don't let Israel discriminate," April 30) objected to Senate Bill 462 (the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013) introduced recently in the U.S. Senate that advocates Israel's right to deny entry into its country of certain people. Therefore, according to them, this bill would allow Israel to "discriminate against select groups of Americans, including Americans who expressed criticism of its policies." Ms. Choudry and Mr. Ali also misguidedly disapproved of U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin for supporting the bill.
However, the bill has nothing to do with discrimination. It has everything to do with our national security and Israel's self-determination rights to question people who want to enter their country who may be associated with anti-Israel and anti-American organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt that formed an alliance with Hamas in Gaza and their terrorist friends in Ramallah, Syria, Libya, Chechnya, etc., who are all linked with Iran, al-Qaida and assorted rogue nations and their hired mercenaries and anarchist provocateurs.
The opinion piece spoke of a 25-year-old Palestinian-American woman who was denied entry to Israel at Ben Gurion International airport despite holding a valid one-year multiple-entrance visa so she could teach English full-time at the Quakers Friends School in Ramallah. The truth is that Ramallah, like Gaza and southern Chechnya, is a terrorist nest for training suicide bombers.
Keep in mind that the recent Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was granted a valid visa to study in our country, but he came here and also ended up murdering three American civilians and blowing the limbs off of many other innocent Americans.
When Senator Cardin stated that "civil rights and civil liberties are the building blocks of the rule of law in our country," he was right. But contrary to your writers who urged him to strike out what they call the "discriminatory clauses" of the bill, we must remind them that we also have a rule of law in our country's Constitution against those who aid and abet our enemies. It's called treason or sedition and it applies to anyone, no matter if they are born in our country or on a limited visa. Even more so, Israel which has been threatened by Iran and its thug al-Qaida and Hamas proxies, has every right to refuse those who are anti-Israel or anti-Semitic because it's these very attitudes toward Israel that the terrorist try to recruit and exploit.
I congratulate the senators who had the courage to propose and support S.B. 462 Why? Because those who are for Israel and the United States are for true freedom and a true republic and democracy, not for a false sense of security or for those who do not respect our respective nations' right to exist.
Radical Islamic jihadists can be white, black, Asian or of any religion. It's not the immigrant's color or creed, it's not racism or discrimination, it's the connections and associations that these immigrants have with anti-Israel and anti-American causes that disqualifies them from easy entry into Israel or into America too. The main qualification for becoming a radical global caliphate terrorist is simply hatred for Israel and for America or for any other nation that rejects the tyranny and cold-blooded violence of the a terrorist mentality that purposely targets civilians.
Barbara Bloom, Owings MillsCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun