Once more I read in your paper a letter from Jack Newman, president of the Regional Anti-Defamation League, listing all the hard-line Israeli reasons why Yasser Arafat shouldn't be granted a visa to address the United Nations (Oct. 17).

There's an old adage that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. If Newman is going to tag Arafat as a terrorist for the criterion that he shouldn't enter the United States, then why in blue blazes has the U.S. allowed Menachem Begin (the leader of a terrorist organization that slaughtered 250 Palestinians at Deir Yassin) to enter the U.S.? Why has Ariel Sharon (the engineer of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila camps) been allowed to enter the U.S.?

It seems to me the only terrorism going on in the West Bank and Gaza is that of post-midnight house raids by Israeli soldiers who shoot at will any Palestinian who dares to fly his Palestinian flag or tosses a rock at troops occupying their land.

Who's the terrorist?


Executive Vice President

National Assn. of Arab Americans

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