Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Comparing convicted terrorist to MLK is offensive

Michael Wallman’s letter defending the mural of the convicted murderer Rasmea Odeh is frankly offensive in its comparison of Odeh to Martin Luther King . Not only was King someone who dedicated his activism to nonviolence, he was also a strong Zionist. The “resistance” that Wallman describes, and the cause for which Odeh killed Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, is resistance to the existence of a Jewish state in the Jewish homeland — a cause which Reem Assil endorses.

The proper comparison to the mural of Odeh is not Dr. King, or Nelson Mandela; rather it would be an Israeli restaurant with a mural of Baruch Goldstein — which would be widely and appropriately condemned. I don’t care how much Reem’s employees might smile at me when I walk in; I could never feel comfortable eating there, any more than an African American could enjoy a meal under a giant mural of Dylann Roof.

Mike Harris,
San Rafael

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