When Mitt Romney says something foolish about Britain’s ability to handle the Olympics, we all shake our heads. Yet when he makes an immeasurably more egregious comment about the superiority of Jewish Israeli culture, we seem to leave the head shaking to the Palestinians (“Romney provokes Palestinian outrage,” Page A1, July 31).
Romney, riding the wave of continued and willful ignorance toward Israel’s oppressive policies toward Palestinians, suggests that it is because of their “culture” that Israelis have thrived, while Palestinians, who are restricted in nearly every aspect of their lives, mysteriously have not.
As a Jewish Israeli citizen, I have no need for what I’m sure Romney meant to be a compliment. Success should never come at the expense of another’s freedom, and I look forward to the day when the outrage is shared by all who seek justice, not only those who are the immediate victims of its absence.