Opposing Prejudice and Intolerance Against All

Even though April 9, 1948, is a day of infamy for Palestinians, few commemorative ceremonies are usually held. Sixty-five years ago, organized Jewish terrorist groups, including the Irgun and Stern gangs, attacked Deir Yassin, a village whose population numbered some...

Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two

In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel. A...

Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part One

While taking a walk on Dec. 24, 2007, just before we were to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and Love, the unprovoked verbal assault There goes a terrorist was hurled. We belonged to the same Sunday school class; we’d been colleagues for 34 years; our...

Deep in the Heart of Gaza

In his 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning antiwar play, “The Teahouse of the August Moon,” playwright John Patrick created the fictional village of Tobiki on the island of Okinawa in post-World War II Japan.   Representing the Allied occupying forces, Col. Purdy...