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Golda Meir

To understand Palestinian thought, you have to understand the occupation

To the editor: I wonder how one can possibly write about the perspectives of ordinary Palestinians — as Daniel Polisar does in his Op-Ed article — without once mentioning the word “occupation.” ("What ordinary Palestinians think about Jews, Israel and violence," Op-Ed, Nov. 10)

The Palestinians who made up the poll respondents to whom Polisar refers might have been asked how they felt about their olive trees being cut down, or the wall, the long lines and humiliations at checkpoints, or the confiscation of land to build...