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Do Cummings youth see Palestine?

Reading the article, "Clinton to aid Cummings youth program" (June 5), one wonders if President Donald Trump is right to denounce major media as purveyors of "fake news." This item is long on verbiage and short on information.

The Sun article offers a last-minute shout-out on behalf of an already well-endowed (into the millions) program which sends Baltimore young people to Israel. But the paper makes no mention of who already puts up the big money or the location of the fundraising event. Clearly, this item is about appearances and not any real need for money.

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Nor is there a mention of Palestine or Palestinians. The Sun simply ignores the 20 percent of Israel's population who are not Jewish or what happened to the majority Palestinian population (killed or deported) not to mention the nearly four million Palestinians who live under Israel's brutal military occupation.

What do Baltimore youth who visit Israel in these trips associated with Rep. Elijah Cummings actually learn? A real news item would ask the youthful beneficiaries of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program if they were given an opportunity to visit the famous open-air prison we know as Gaza. What about the West Bank? Do the youth of Baltimore get to watch a house demolition? Are they permitted to meet with Palestinians or see an occupied city or town?

Do the young people return to Baltimore knowing that, in violation of international treaty and laws, the indigenous peoples of Palestine have never been given a vote about the kind of government they want? Do the traveling young people of Baltimore learn that, in fact. The all-controlling government seated in Tel Aviv regulates every aspect of Palestinian life and deprives Palestinians of land, homeownership, trial by jury and freedom of movement and travel?

Does Mr. Cummings see to it that the youth of Baltimore who receive travel awards in his name learn of the occupation? In the past 20 years, has The Sun ever asked him that question? Has he ever answered it?

Richard Baldwin Cook, Cockeysville

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