In a breakthrough of sort for a mainstream publication, The New Yorker (Oct. 21) published a detailed article on the ethic cleansing of the Palestinians. The author, Ari Shavit described in detail the murder of Palestinians of Lydda in 1948 and their cruel expulsion but then justified the Zionist crimes by adding “They did the filthy work that enables my people, my nation, my daughter, my sons and me to live.”
Now in the most recent issue (Nov 4) The New Yorker published 3 letters commenting on the original Shavit article. See the letters below. Note especially the 2nd letter by. Shlomi Segall of Hebrew University.
Ari Shavit’s courageous article detailing the expulsion of the Palestinians deserves to be commended “Lydda, 1948,” October 21st. I am an American Jew working for a Muslim civil-rights and advocacy organization, and, in my three decades observing Jewish-Muslim dialogue and Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation efforts, I have concluded that national and religious self-criticism is at the heart of peacemaking.