Dear Editor:I think that one of the greatest aspects of our country is our freedom of speech and press. We do not have to be afraid to express our opinions or fight for our beliefs. However, good journalists have a responsibility to write unbiased articles illustrating each sides’ perspective objectively.
In your last issue, you included a picture that says “Zionism = Racism” without any article or explanation. Therefore, because you inserted this picture in the news section and not the editorial section, you are implying that it is The Temple News’s opinion, or at least common knowledge. I am disappointed with your lack of journalistic integrity.
I am a Zionist. I am not a racist. Zionism is the Jewish desire to maintain a homeland in its historical homeland, Israel. No where in any Zionist doctrine does it include that people of other races should be expelled, persecuted against, or ignored. In fact, Arab Israeli citizens are awarded the same legal rights as Jewish Israelis. (On a side note, the very notion of Zionism being racist is false considering that both Arabs and Jews share the same race- Semitic.)
Despite my strong connection to Israel, I can criticize it. Like all other nations, Israel is by no means perfect. But a picture like the one you included holds Israel to a higher moral standard than all other nations and by not including any type of explanation, the insertion of such a picture in the newspaper is borderline slander. I hope never to see The Temple News include such unprofessional journalism again, and I have faith that you will place a retraction in your next issue.
Class of 2009