Don't conflate Israeli walls with U.S. border wall

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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We are all aware that falsehoods are a big problem in the world today, but they keep on coming. Case in point is the ad for the June 15 "Walk for Justice" in Wednesday Journal on June 12 with a graphic image that claims "From Palestine to Mexico All the Walls Have Got to Go." The program seeks to conflate the racist border wall proposed by the president, with the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank that has led to a 93 percent drop in terror attacks. Fanning the flames of division and misunderstanding in order to garner support for a cause does nothing to promote peace or justice. We call for a return to the values of unity, inclusion, and diversity that keep Oak Park so special. As we say proudly, "Hate has no home here."

Judith Alexander, Rya Ben-Shir, Carol Flank, Ori Gottlieb, Len Grossman, Courtenay Harris-Black, Heidi Kieselstein, Irena Levitan, Lauren Levrant, Seth Levrant, Mel Loeb, Victor Mirelman, Alan Peres, Beth Peres, Eddie Pont, Jim Robinson, Vafa Shayani, Susan Schiff, Tim Schiff, Brad Shorser, Ellen Shorser, Deborah Spector, Tamar Levinson, Melanie Weiss, Loren Williams, Barbara L. Yong, Terrie Rymer and Frank Vozak, Naomi Waterbury, Orit Aharon, Norma Berlin, Stephen Black, Sheri Gilley, Cindy Klein-Banai, Phyllis Rubin, Michael Zmora, Effie Banai, Hilarie Pitman Pozesky

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Leonard Grossman  

Posted: June 19th, 2019 8:19 AM

By signing this letter, I do not mean to sanction the Israeli wall. But false equivalences don't help either cause.

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