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.