Checking for Bombs
Is Not Humiliation
NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has strongly protested President Bushs erroneous allegation that Israel is guilty of the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people.
Websters Dictionary defines humiliate as: To reduce to a lower position in ones eyes, or in the eyes of others. The ZOA points out that checking travelers for bombs at security checkpoints does not reduce them to a lower position any more than U.S. airline security personnel checking airplane passengers for bombs before they board a plane.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, Chairman of the Board Dr. Alan Mazurek, and Dr. Michael Goldblatt, Chairman of the National Executive Committee, wrote in a telegram to President Bush: People who want to pass through security checkpoints, whether at Dulles Airport or in Judea and Samaria, should be checked for bombs. Thats not humiliating. Its a reasonable and ordinary part of our post-9/11 world. Anything less would risk the lives of innocent people, whether in Israel or America.
President Bush made the remark in his speech in England on Nov.19,2003. He also reiterated his call for the creation of a viable, independent Palestinian Arab state; criticized Israel for building walls and fences to protect itself from terrorism; and demanded that Israel freeze settlement construction [and] dismantle unauthorized outposts, but did not mention the much more widespread Arab illegal construction activity in the territories.
The President said that the Palestinian Arabs should adopt peaceful means, but he did not mention either Yasir Arafat or the Palestinian Authority by name or acknowledge their role in terrorism. He said Arab states should end incitement in their own media and cut off public and private funding for terrorism, but he did not mention the names of the Arab regimes that engage in incitement and support for terror.