Letters to the Editor

Parallel oppression

There are more parallels in the consequences following the assassinations of President Abraham Lincoln and that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin than noted by Dan Ephron in his Nov. 5 opinion piece, Twenty years after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin.

Within 11 years of Lincoln's murder and the victory in 1865 of the Union, Reconstruction in the former Confederacy was halted and the civil rights of former slaves were suppressed in the one-time rebellious states for another 100 years. Similarly, for 48 years after the Israeli victory in the 1967 War and 20 years subsequent to the murder of Rabin, the civil rights of the Palestinians on the West Bank have been suppressed by a military occupation with no end in sight.

Harvey J. Kaufman, Miami