Letters to the Editor

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Tag: boycott

July
15th

ISRAEL: Why some Jews support boycott

Re: “Boycott drive strengthens, raising alarm in Israel” (TNT, 7-12).

I am a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) which was cited in the article as supportive of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to move Israel into compliance with international and human rights law.

JVP, which is the fastest-growing Jewish organization in America, takes its BDS stand in support of Palestinian human rights and Jewish values. After decades of futile “negotiations” (which were like asking a powerless child to “negotiate” with an adult abuser), JVP recognized that nothing short of BDS could bring a nonviolent end to Israel’s 48 years

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July
26th

ISRAEL: Boycott aimed at equal rights, freedom

Re: “Co-op boycott ignores rights reality” (letter 7-23).

Israel indeed upholds many human rights for Jewish Israelis, but many Israeli laws violate the rights of non-Jewish Israelis. And Israeli policies and practices in the territories that Israel’s kept under military occupation since 1967 – the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza (Gaza’s still occupied because Israel controls its borders) – horribly violate Palestinian human rights.

Boycotting Israel isn’t “anti-Israel” or “pro-Palestinian.” It’s anti-apartheid, anti-occupation, anti-colonialism
(a 2009 report by the South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council found elements of Israel’s military occupation constitute colonialism and apartheid). It’s pro-human rights,

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May
21st

TACOMA: City Council action wasteful, embarrassing

Re: “Tacoma council right to forgo hypocritical boycott” (editorial, 5-20).

I totally agree with the editorial about the Tacoma City Council’s ridiculous action regarding the Arizona immigration law. Its wasteful and totally misguided actions demonstrate incompetence and total disregard for the majority of the community.

I doubt any of them have actually read the Arizona law or the federal law. While they are entitled to their private opinions, as we all are, I suggest they confine it to just that. Perhaps they should focus on the following resolutions:

• Review and pledge to look at their job descriptions and confine

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May
17th

BOYCOTT: Arizona deserves thanks, not criticism

Why would the City of Tacoma want to boycott Arizona for standing up for the rights of citizens of this country?

What is wrong with enforcing existing federal laws that are being ignored? A country is not a country unless it has borders. For all intents and purposes, we no longer have borders. Illegal immigration is costing us billions of dollars. Arizona, on the other hand, saved millions when it passed the first law requiring employers and landlords to screen all new employees and tenants to ensure they are U.S. citizens or legal aliens. This law was passed in spite

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May
17th

BOYCOTT: Moral high road leads to the feds

Tacoma, Seattle, many other cities and even schools are taking the moral high ground and considering boycotting Arizona because of its new state immigration law. It sounds very high-minded and moral, but the problem is they would be boycotting Arizona for merely enforcing at the state level a federal immigration law that has been on the books for many years.

To really take the moral high ground, as they claim to be doing, they would have to also boycott the federal government of the United States. Refuse to do business with the federal government; refuse to take the federal funds

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May
17th

BOYCOTT: Ignoring racism anywhere is wrong

Monday’s TNT was weirdly interesting. A picture of smiling Japanese-Americans being shipped off to a prison camp because they weren’t Caucasian, an op-ed piece deploring racism in Arizona and a letter criticizing Tacoma for opposing bigotry, all coming after Sunday’s editorial in support of racism in Arizona.

Unlike their critics, my good friends Ryan Mello and Lauren Walker care about the kind of country we live and are willing to take a stand against bigotry and racism. I don’t know any of those critics and yet they are all familiar. I remember that they were silent about Jim Crow laws

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May
17th

IMMIGRATION: Arizona doing what needed to be done

It is good that the Tacoma City Council is considering (hopefully, prayerfully) whether or not to support an Arizona boycott. It could, like lemmings, fear the politically correct inference and stigma of “racial profiling,” or it could recognize that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law reflecting federal law that requires legal immigrants to carry immigration papers.

It is common knowledge that federal immigration laws and border protection have been neglected and disregarded for a dangerously long time. Arizona took measures to do what the government had/has not been doing.

My grandmother and my father immigrated to the United States

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May
17th

BOYCOTT: Amen to ‘hands off’ editorial

Your editorial (5/16) is spot on. Tacoma City Council has plenty of its own jobs to do without getting into an area that 1) is none of its business and 2) will only embarrass the city because a boycott in this case is meaningless.

Whether Arizona’s law is justified or not, whether some may or may not empathize with Arizona’s problems, whether the law is good or bad – may be worthy of debate, but not by the City Council.

This is a situation in which the council should be told stop fussing and wasting time. Get back to work.