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Letter to the editor: Speech wasn't a hate-filled diatribe

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

On Sept. 19, I greatly enjoyed the “Beyond Zionism” presentation by Miko Peled at the Allen County Public Library. I had watched the video of his book and looked forward to seeing him in person.

I was shocked to read the letter to the editor signed by six local Jewish leaders that described his presentation as a “hate-filled diatribe.” It was nothing of the sort. Peled showed that maps of what is now called Israel were labeled Palestine before 1948.

Peled has a unique perspective, as the tile of his book, “The General’s Son,” suggests. Israeli generals were instrumental in expanding Jewish control in Israel beyond the borders established by the United Nations.

Peled is an activist who feels the urgency to solve the demographic dilemma Israel will face when Arabs outnumber Jews. He is a patriot who wants peace and freedom for everyone involved.

I appreciated the moral bravery of Peled and Indiana Center for Middle/East Peace in presenting a solution to conflict in Israel. I hope the critics’ opinions do not represent a consensus because Jewish Voice for Peace was a co-sponsor of Peled’s presentation. It is unwise to label people “haters” simply because they represent a new paradigm. The veracity of his presentation can be easily verified by the sources in his book.

Conflict resolution requires people who are brave and informed enough to become activists for positive change and a stable, sustainable future.

Tim Tiernon