Palestinian Rights and Israeli Loan Guarantees

The editorial "Aiding Peace," Sept. 9, fails to point out that humanitarian concern for the Palestinian refugees around the world who have no right of return to their own land should be a priority for the US as the loan guarantees are considered.The loan guarantee package must be connected with Israel's assurance that it not only "curb its settlement program in the occupied territories" but that it stop its settlement of the West Bank. This is the time to make American aid conditional upon the Israeli government's acceptance of the principle of "land for peace." Certainly we must continue to be aware of the gross violation of human rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories and demand that any loan guarantees for Jewish immigrants must be linked with guaranteed rights for Palestinians. Jane K. Koonce, Glenview, Ill.

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