To the Editor:

The unprecedented brutality of this weekend’s violence in Israel should disturb any God-fearing person in the United States or anywhere else in the world. Not only are innocent men, women, and children being targeted by ruthless murderers, and not only has this violence occurred unilaterally during the Passover and Easter holidays, but the international community continues to attempt to prevent Israel from exercising its right to protect itself and its people.

If Arafat had control of this violence, his calls for a cease-fire would have been heeded. If he has no control over the vile elements of his society, then he truly is irrelevant.

Sam Yebri ’03

March 31, 2002