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First justice, then peace

Dear Editor:This month, June 2007, marks 40 years of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.How can a people who have lived under a brutal occupation for 40 years, have had their land and water taken from them, their houses demolished, their olive groves destroyed, their leaders assassinated, their fathers, brothers and sons imprisoned, their people held up at checkpoints to be harassed by young IDF soldiers, not be simmering with rage toward the Israeli and U.S. governments? That rage has evolved into suicide bombings, which have killed and wounded Israeli citizens by a means which is their only way to resist.These actions have been followed by the Israeli army using planes, bombs and tanks causing disproportionate damage and death to the Palestinian population and the destruction of much of their infrastructure. All of this while our government vetoed U.N. Resolution 242, which called for “the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East” to be achieved by the following “withdrawal of Israeli from territories occupied by the recent conflict (1962).”While the Israelis complain that the Palestinians wish for the destruction of the State of Israel, that State works every day toward the destruction and expulsion of the Palestinian people and their culture from their land.Only when there is justice in Israel/Palestine will there be peace.Jane Baker VeitCarbondale


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