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Letter: No hatred, only plea for peace

Regarding Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s article about Gaza (Monitor Forum, July 23): I held signs at Market Days and on Monday in front of the State House – one read “Stop Israeli Attacks – End the Occupation” and the other “Ask your senators why they pledge allegiance to Israel?”

I was compelled by my conscience and profound grief for all the victims, both Israeli and Palestinian, to speak out.

I am deeply offended by the thought of laughing at a message about human suffering, and by Nafshi’s suggestion that expressing criticism of the state of Israel equates with hatred of any person. I do not feel hatred for anyone.

I have met peace-loving Israeli Jews and Israeli-Palestinians in Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank. I have seen the power of the Israeli state and the brutality of the occupation firsthand. I condemn violence toward anyone.

While I find Nafshi’s article troubling, I was very heartened to read the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council’s recent statement on Gaza. Rather than debate our differing views of history here, I would simply refer you to JVP’s Israel-Palestine 101 at jewishvoiceforpeace.org for an accurate history of the situation.

ELIZABETH KELLY

Gilford

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