May 23, 2012

A Rejected Letter

The Morning Call has declined to print my reply to Vincent Stravino's letter about Israel. I was invited to address their concerns, and resubmit the piece. In my opinion Stravino uses what I consider propaganda techniques in his letters. He takes the Methodist resolution and attempts to give it divine authority by mentioning Bishop Tutu and the Presbyterian Church. Although I would have preferred the much larger Morning Call audience to read my reply, I present both Stravino's published letter and my rejected reply.

  The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline Protestant church in America, has recently considered the ongoing Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian Land. The Methodist General Conference approved a resolution urging the U.S. government to end all military aid to the region, called on all nations to prohibit any financial support for the construction and maintenance of settlements and called on all nations to prohibit the import of products made by companies in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. The Church did not endorse divestment of their pension funds from three American military contractors who sell offensive weapons to Israel as part of $3 billion of U.S. aid yearly. The Methodist vote followed intense lobbying from rabbis on both sides of the issue. In a letter of support, Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa characterized Israeli treatment of Palestinians as apartheid. The Presbyterian Church in the United States will vote soon on these same issues. The United Methodist Church has bravely moved from sympathetic words to tangible action against injustice. Let's all stop our taxpayer dollars from being used to fund settlements and violence against innocent Palestinians. Today America needs the money far more than Israel. Tell Congress. Vincent Stravino 

Vincent Stravino and I have been dueling about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over a year here on the Letters To The Editor page. We also have conducted a private correspondence. Although Stravino is currently in Israel and the West Bank with the Inter-Faith Peace Builders, on Tuesday his letter was published citing positions by the Methodist Church against Israel. I suspect that Stravino is not a Methodist, and know that he is not authorized to be their spokesman. I have received an email from Stravino and his group from Israel; In it they note the "Nakba (Catastrophe) and the birth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." The "catastrophe" refers to the creation of Israel in 1948. Any person who questions the legitimacy of Israel, whether a Palestinian in the West Bank, or a peace activist from the Lehigh Valley, is hardly an honest broker for a just solution. Michael Molovinsky

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stravino seems like the catastrophe to me.

NUR MEINER MEINUNG

Allentown resident against polawski's folly. said...

The morning call has become an overprice paid mouthpiece for the mayor and his cronies, soon no one will read that paper anymore and it will end up on the ash pile of history.

michael molovinsky said...

he probably will remain unanswered in the Morning Call. While he uses propaganda techniques such as associating his position with moral authority (he even refers to rabbi's in his letter) those who respond, by paper policy, must address the content (the methodist resolution) and not the writer, or his methods.

Anonymous said...

All the local media outlets are biased and lack any truth in there reportimg.

Anonymous said...

Mike,

Many of these churches have lots of empty pews.The left wing politics drove many parishioners out. Other churches with a different objective are seeing growth.

michael molovinsky said...

My real issue here is the Morning Call policy on responding to letters. Letters may address facts, but not the writer or techniques he uses. Stravino used the Methodist resolution as a vehicle to portray Israel as an oppressive occupier. In 1947-48, the Palestinians rejected the state proposed for them on the West Bank, and instead opted to attempt to drive the Jews into the sea. From 1948 to 1967 Jordan ruled the West Bank, but were not called occupiers. I'd rather not respond, than limit myself to the details of the Methodist resolution.

michael molovinsky said...

another issue is that the paper's policies seem to be written in calk. supposedly submissions should be original, and from local people. last year a piece on the flotilla to gaza came from an activist in arizona and was previously published on various pro-palestinian blogs. recently, alan jennings had a piece printed on the arena which had been previously presented on his blog and the easton express.

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michael molovinsky said...

@7:48, you should consider that my readers understand that although i opposed the scale of the playground as overuse of cedar park and it's parking, i made none of those predictions. my readers also understand that your repetition submission is cyberstalking. finally, you should consider that your actions make you appear as a fool.