Jay Bernstein's letter advocating that Israel "maintain exclusive sovereignty" over Jerusalem ignores the fact that Jerusalem today is under an illegal Israeli military occupation, which is universally condemned by the international community of nations ("U.S. should view Jerusalem as Israel's," June 15).
It is not suffering Palestinians but the state of Israel that is conducting a campaign of illegal displacement of an indigenous population in Jerusalem. Indeed, throughout Israeli-controlled Palestine, including Jerusalem, Israel is attempting to introduce a nonresident population which destroys and then builds ethnically exclusive "settlements" where once stood native homes, villages, farms and orchards.
Israel's behavior in Palestine is the very definition of apartheid and has been roundly condemned by the UN Security Council in five resolutions.
Richard Baldwin Cook, Hunt Valley