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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Observing terror

An unpublished letter to the Independent, responding to a typical contextualization-of-terrorism effort published here:-

Sir: It would have been helpful if Dr Rod Walters (letter, 19 April) had made it clear that the 'UN's Permanent Observer for Palestine' is a Palestinian spokesperson who observes the UN rather than a UN official who observes Palestine. Readers who supposed him to occupy a position requiring a degree of impartiality would, I hope, have been surprised by the rhetorical inflation of his accusation that Israel seeks to 'inflict maximum pain, suffering and loss on the Palestinian people', and by his failure to mention that recent Israeli attacks themselves have a context, in the shape of repeated rocket attacks launched against Israel from Gaza.

Yours faithfully,


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