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WRITER HAS NO CLUE ABOUT SITUATION IN THE MIDEAST

I just had to respond to "Israel is making life miserable for the Palestinians" in the Oct. 9 edition of Everybody's Column. The writer has my vote for "Best Fiction in 1997." Half of the letter is outright false. The other half takes whatever factual content is available out of context and adds wild extrapolations to make its "points." But like most anti-Israel writers (and editors), they don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Clearly the writer is either misinformed or underinformed about the complex situation in the Middle East. That does not bother me. People are going to think what they want to think. What bothers me is that The News should know better, not only to print this letter, but to devote 25 to 30 percent of column space to it.

JAMES STERMAN

East Amherst

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