Toronto Sun | Jan. 11, 2004 | Orest Slepokura

Conspiring with hate

The Editor:

Re: "Conspiring with hate," Toronto Sun, January 11, 2004.

Hate-mongering does not begin and end with Muslim clerics and Islamic factions. Others sometimes dredge up their own special venom. A case in point:

The Calgary Sun's associate editor Paul Jackson once opined, "To my mind, the Palestinians have no right whatsoever to be in Jerusalem or any part of Israel itself." [1] If unmoved by his point of view, you might consider this paraphrasing of it: To my mind, the Jews have no right whatsoever to be in Berlin or any part of Germany itself.

On September 29, 2003, the Sun columnist addressed a Stand With Israel rally at the University of Calgary's McEwen Hall. Toward the end of his speech, Jackson stated that the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would be to send all the Palestinians back to Jordan, "where they came from." In other words, for Israel to ethnically cleanse her Occupied Territories of all Arabs; a notion many in the mostly Jewish audience warmly applauded.

Ah, well. Ours always was a sectarian society.

1. "Aryan cowards don't scare me," Calgary Sun, August 8, 2000.

Sincerely yours,

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore AB