Silver Spring (Montgomery, Maryland)
'Apartheid' applied to Israel

The opposing May 17 Op-Ed articles by Michael Oren ("Israel isn't, and will never be, an apartheid state") and Saree Makdisi ("Does the term 'apartheid' fit Israel? Of course it does") present an intriguing puzzle: Which author cites the most germane facts? It appears to me that professor Makdisi has exercised impressive care in defining "apartheid" and then demonstrating how the word applies to Israel and Palestine. Moreover, having traveled to both locations, I hold perceptions that are in line with Makdisi's. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., surrenders to paranoia when he says that those who apply the word...