Israel does not recognize Palestinians’ rights

Washington, D.C., gnashes its teeth over the 298 Malaysian Airlines crash victims and blames Russia (without any proof) but totally ignores the brutal killings, including children, in Gaza City, now more than 1,200 dead and thousands wounded.

The ongoing brutal attacks by Israel are war crimes, are creating more enemies and are not solving the problem. For every wife or husband, child or sibling killed or wounded, Israel alienates whole families and sympathizers worldwide, creating even more enemies. Seems counter-productive, to me.

Some will accept the excuse that Israel has the right to defend itself, but when Palestinians react to the brutalities, they are called “terrorists.” How would you respond if a neighbor stole your land, walled off your neighborhood, cut off food and essential medical supplies, shot your son for throwing rocks at the neighbor’s militants, bombed your neighborhood, and wouldn’t allow construction materials in to fix what was damaged?

Israel first, in 1948, drove Palestinians off their ancestral lands, bulldozed their farms, orchards and houses, driving hundreds of thousands off their lands for Jewish settlements. Over the past 66 years, it’s been all downhill for Palestinians.

Racial apartheid and genocide wasn’t allowed in South Africa, but we condone the same or worse in Israel. When the rest of the world votes to sanction Israel for these crimes, the U.S. vetoes the sanctions and continues to send weapons and more than $3 billion per year to our partner in crime, making us all accomplices. This reminds me of the saying: “A friend of my enemy is my enemy.” Is it any wonder why the U.S. government is reviled? Congress is spineless and turns a blind eye.


Ray Ruthenberg
Stockton, Illinois

From the Sept. 10-16, 2014, issue

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