Dear Editor:Re: “Deafening silence,” David Kudish’s letter to the editor, June 4.Yet again, I am being accused of having an anti-Israel agenda. This time it’s because I don’t write letters about every injustice and act of terrorism on the planet. According to the letter writer, “the Aspen and downvalley communities need [my] help in understanding why [I] justify this double standard.”Even though I’ve said it many times before, I’ll continue to repeat it as often as necessary to get it through the thick skulls of those who insist that because I criticize Israel, I must therefore be anti-Semitic; it is because MY tax dollars are being used to fund Israel’s land theft, erect illegal barriers, bulldoze homes and orchards, oppress, kill and injure hundreds of thousands of civilians.I am not a “peace activist” for activism’s sake, or even for the sake of the world’s suffering populations. My reason is simple self-interest. After the events of 9/11, I became determined to find out why we were targeted and to find a way of preventing that kind of tragedy from happening again in our country. I protest the policies of Israel to the exclusion of other nations because it wasn’t U.S. support of Egypt, Darfur or India that was mentioned by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, as one of the reasons the U.S. was targeted on 9/11, it was our support of Israel.There are a lot of injustices in the world, there are a lot of instances of terrorism, but the two that concern me most are those that my government sponsors: the illegal and inhumane occupations of Palestine and Iraq.I consider it not only my right but my duty as a citizen to protest policies that I believe are detrimental to our nation’s security and integrity, and to urge my fellow Americans to do the same.Not in my name! Not with my money! Not without protest!Sue GrayCarbondale
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