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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).

Despite the Balfour Declaration and the endorsement by the League of Nations of a Jewish homeland that encompassed both Israel and Jordan, Palestinian Arabs massacred Jews in Palestine prior to 1948, leading Great Britain to ban the entry of Jews into their historical homeland during the Holocaust.

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Since the birth of Israel in 1948, and despite the efforts of Arab armies to destroy it, Israel has attempted to make peace with its neighbors for the last 65 years, all to no avail because the ultimate goal for the Palestinian Arabs has been the destruction of Israel.

Unfortunately, the media, particularly during the most recent war in Gaza, which saw more than 10,000 rockets fired at Israeli cities, has failed to mention the rocket and artillery barrages that have traumatized Israeli inhabitants near the border for the last eight years.

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Instead, they have focused on the damage done in Gaza, and with the help of an ever anti-Israel U,N., a case has been made against Israel's right to protect itself that many African-Americans now accept.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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