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Wednesday, June 18, 2003


To WebEditors@newsweek.com and letters@newsweek.com

To the Editors,

Your June 23 issue online includes an article by Michael Hirsh, "The Mideast: Neocons on the Line" . In this, the author parenthetically states that "as yet Ariel Sharon is adamantly resisting [giving up settlements]." And what a brazen lie this is! How anyone can say such a thing, in Newsweek, when it's simply not true, is beyond me.

At the summit in Aqaba on JUNE 3, Ariel Sharon announced the intention to remove unauthorized outposts. The destruction of these outposts began on June 9th; ten outposts were dismantled overnight . Intentions and plans to dismantle settlements continue.

I would expect to see, and will appreciate, a published correction.

Moreover, Newsweek neglects the racist and immoral nature of this expulsion of Jews from the terrortories. While the world demands Israel to allow Arabs to live within her borders, it is widely accepted that the Arabs should receive lands that are totally "Judenrein," free of Jews! No one recognizes nor publicizes this double standard. No one is screaming about the destruction of Israeli settlements as "ethnic cleansing," and no one is calling the Arabs on their racism.

Why do you think that is?

Anne Lieberman