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Letter: No hatred in message

I am grieving over the killing and injuring of hundreds of children and other innocent civilians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The people of Gaza have no place to go for safety. They are held within concrete walls and are not allowed to leave to seek work, to farm, to emigrate. They have no choice.

During Market Days in Concord, I stood at the Palestine Education Network table and held a sign that I made that said, “No more U.S. $ for Killing Innocents.”

I have been in the occupied territories and I have seen the horror inflicted on peaceful demonstrators. I have seen what it is like to live under the control of another country’s military. I can neither comprehend Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s leap to accuse or shed the pain of being accused of “fueling the flames of hate toward Israel” (Monitor Forum, July 23).

Whatever the circumstances, 25 days of bombing, destruction of the only power plant in Gaza, destruction of hospitals and the water supply is unbelievably cruel. Speaking out against this killing, especially when my tax dollars help pay for it, is not an expression of hate.

I grieve for all those killed. I believe in justice and human rights. Now I have been labeled publicly as a hater. In this country of respect for free speech, I yearn to have my name cleared.



Legacy Comments4

Here is a fact the administration deliberately and maliciously ignored: In the history of modern warfare, no terrorist group has ever honored a cease-fire. Hamas has broken every cease-fire it ever said it would honor. Every single one.Even the Israel-Hamas 2012 cease fire, brokered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was simply agreed to by Hamas to give it an opportunity to restock its military arsenal, pressure Israel to lift its restrictions on the import of cement and steel into Gaza – material that Clinton said would be used to build hospitals and schools, but in fact was used to build a network of underground tunnels into Israel and build a subterranean network of underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and launching pads....

This is not to excuse terrible mistreatment of the Gazans at Egyptian hands 1948-67 (19 years). Terrible! But make no mistake, the israelis for 47 years have inflicted far worse in terms of poverty, destruction and death. Hamas shooting rockets willy-nilly into Israel is inexcusable, but I'm waiting for you to suggest another way for Gazans to express their outrage. They can't even legitimately escape since as stateless persons they have nowhere to apply for a passport. I wonder what your dear, deified Reagan would do. A bunch of threatening rhetoric and then a nice nap?

Gaza has been given BILLIONS - what have they done with it? Did they build an economy? did they build any seaside resorts, did they build any infrastructure to accept commerce - NO they built tunnels and bought weapons - I don't shred a tear for what they have caused.

Ms. Simmon, I support your message! And do not think of it as hateful nor you as a hater. Peace.

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