Why you are wrong Mr. Editor

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Dear Editor,

 

Re: Why Samoa should stand with Trump and Israel 

Your piece Mr. Editor is a complete inversion of the truth. It is the U.S. which has been attempting to bully the rest of the world with threats to slash aid to countries which voted against it - very reminiscent of its behaviour before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

And as for Christian-Jewish unity, Palestinian Christians were out protesting U.S. vice president Mike Pence’s visit today, due to the Jerusalem decision. 

It’s not the Palestinian Christians who want this.

 It’s the American Christians who make up the vast majority of the Zionist lobby. Neither is it the Palestinian Jews who want this. Zionism is a European movement, first made possible by the British. 

Yes, the Jews conquered the region thousands of years ago, but were themselves conquered in turn, first by the Romans, then by the Muslims.

 Most converted to Christianity then Islam as a result, and the most likely descendants of the Biblical Christians are in fact the Palestinians themselves. 

The Jewish minority, like their Christian counterparts, were opposed to the Zionists and many died in the act of resisting it. 

The Zionists of Europe had no more claim to the region than Muslims in Indonesia have to Arabia or Christians in Samoa have to Rome. 

This is nonsensical. Claiming land in the name of religion was the practice of the Conquistadors and European imperialists. 

In fact, many European and North American Jews also oppose Zionism, such as political scientist Norman Finkilstein, whose entire family was wiped out in the Holocaust, and world renowned Professor Noam Chomsky. And then there are Israelis such as ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’ author Ilan Pappe. 

As for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, he is a war criminal responsible for slaughtering 4000 Palestinian civilians in 2014, and is currently facing corruption charges. 

You propose aligning Samoa with this man, Donald Trump, a few American-controlled rocks in the Pacific, and a pair of Central American dictatorships (plus one in West Africa) against the vast majority of nations in the world! And one last thing: You say the grave of Jesus lies in Jerusalem. 

But guess what - the Zionists do not believe in Jesus. There is no Jesus in the Judaist religion any more than there is a prophet Muhammad in the Christian religion.

 

Mustafa Kemal

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