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Get tough with Israel

Dear Editor:

It’s been one year since Israel attacked Gaza, killing more than 1,400 people, wounding thousands, displacing 60,800 civilians and damaging 17,000 homes, resulting in Jewish South African judge Richard Goldstone finding Israel guilty of war crimes and human rights violations.

In the last year, Israel has prevented the Palestinian people from rebuilding their homes, businesses and infrastructure, causing a humanitarian crisis the likes of which the world has never seen.

Still, the Palestinians have expressed their willingness to make peace with the regime that relentlessly oppresses them. Palestinian leaders’ only requirement for resuming peace talks has been that Israel stop building Jewish homes in occupied Palestinian territory. This they have absolutely refused to do, proving that Israel’s leaders clearly do not care for peace, equality, justice, human rights or anything else that gets in the way of their goal of eliminating the possibility of Palestinian statehood. Their slaughter of thousands upon thousands of innocent Palestinian people over the last 50 years shows they care nothing for human life either.

It’s time to get tough with Israel and show them that the United States will not tolerate the oppression, apartheid and disregard for life that Israel has demonstrated since its formation. Join me in writing and calling our state representatives to ask that they vote to discontinue all financial aid to Israel until a peace agreement is reached.

Let’s make 2010 the year that the United States finally does something real to end the Middle East conflict.

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Sue Gray

Carbondale

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