Monday, July 18, 2011

Humanitarian crisis in Gaza

To the Editor:

For many years Israel has intentionally been creating a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Israel denies this but the suffering has been documented by Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNRWA (UN Relief Works Agency), CARE, SAVE the CHILDREN (UK) and others. Many people living in Gaza have no electricity, medicine, food or water. Over the years the mass destruction, death and suffering inflicted by Israel upon the captive population of Gaza would not have been possible without US weaponry and US foreign aid (paid for by your tax dollars). In the West Bank of Palestine house demolitions, land theft, and attacks by Israeli Defense Forces occur regularly.

Israel and her supporters do not want this ugly truth (or others) to be exposed and carefully manipulate politicians at home and abroad, like successfully pressuring the Greek government to scuttle the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla before it set sail to Gaza. Unfortunately, IsraelĂ­s callous and brutal behavior and apartheid policies towards the destitute and disenfranchised Palestinians are causing much of the world to question the legitimacy of the state of Israel. For long term peace and stability Israel must cease her inhumane and self-destructive policies and embrace a course which will allow both Israelis and Palestinians to "stay human."

Eli Kassirer

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