National Geographic : 1983 Aug
The Boeing 757 is the most fuel-efficient jetliner in the sky. In passenger comfort, it is superior to other airplanes its size. Here's the ideal match of advanced technology and passenger conven iences. It's one more way Boeing is helping to keep air fares one of the world's best travel values. Getting people together. When the Red Cross followed Haganah into Deir Yasin and found 254 bodies in a well, one was a small child still faintly breathing. Women had been raped and men mutilated. Joe L. Markham Del City, Oklahoma Controversy still surrounds the attack on Deir Yasin by members of the Irgun and the Stern Gang. The Haganahmoved into the village after the bloodshed and denounced the scene as "abso lutely barbaric." Officials of the International Red Cross and the British government confirmed the charges of murder and atrocity. You refer in a picture on page 494 to "the forbid den Palestine Liberation Organization's flag." Wrong. That is the Palestinian national flag. Thomas E. Hilton Brooklyn, New York Firstused in 1916 as the flag of the Arab libera tion cause, it was adopted by Arab Palestinians. Israel does not recognize a Palestinian nation and maintainsthat theflag represents the PLO's interests, hence the ban. In your scholarly and powerful article on Jerusa lem, the reference to James as the brother of Christ is a mite too casual. The word translated as "brother" carried with it the more inclusive connotation of "close relative." Fred McCracken Attleboro, Massachusetts James is called "the Lord's brother" in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians(1:19). The phrasecan be interpreted as you suggest; no blood relationship has been establishedbetween James and Jesus. PUERTO RICO The status preference of Puerto Ricans (April 1983) should not be inferred from the results of the general elections since we fully understand that these are not plebiscites. The voters are not necessarily evenly split between supporters of statehood and commonwealth. The majority would rather retain their identity as Latin Ameri cans, and surely more than 6 percent would opt for independence in a status referendum. Rodolfo Garcia San Juan, Puerto Rico Letters should be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.