I am writing in response to Shan Ealey's letter, "Palestinians living with Israel's boot on necks," (Herald, Feb. 25). Ealey's one-sided view of the Palestinians' oppression is laughable at best.
The Palestinians have not one country, but multiple countries to call home. The Israelis have a sliver of land they have occupied for more than 5,000 years, and they do not want to give up what small territory they have fought for for umpteen generations.
The aggressors in this situation are not the Israelis, but the surrounding countries that insist that a fatwah be delivered to the people of Israel, who only want peace. Look back just 25 years.
Who has taken the first steps in aggression: the Israelis or the Palestinians? I, too, lived in northern Israel as well as the Arab quarter inside the old city of Jerusalem. I became accustomed to air-raid sirens and having to hide in bunkers until the all-clear was given.
After traveling extensively throughout the Middle East, it was an easy conclusion that the "homemade rockets that killed three Israelis" is a far cry from the truth.
The true aggressors are the countries that surround Israel. While there is no doubt that they are a generous, caring people, there are terrorists infiltrating their population and those extremists are causing the turmoil that has boiled over for centuries. The Jews have plenty of empathy. All they want is a small homeland to call their own. Palestinians have multiple places to call their home.
The Jews are not doing to the Palestinians what was done to them. To compare the almost complete annihilation of the Jewish race to today's conflict is like comparing elephants to ants.
Ealey would be wise to compare, side by side, the Jerusalem Post and the Al Jazeera Daily, and see the daily conflict updates. Only then might she see who the aggressor is in this historical conflict.
Steve Stahl, Durango