To the Editor,
The efforts of President Biden to restrain Israel’s war against Gaza is commendable. He has also sought the release of hostages and worked ceaselessly to open Egypt’s …
To the Editor,
The efforts of President Biden to restrain Israel’s war against Gaza is commendable. He has also sought the release of hostages and worked ceaselessly to open Egypt’s border for humanitarian aid.
This is a positive example of realpolitik, the diplomacy of the possible. Sadly, it is not enough.
In a BBC News interview, former Israeli negotiator, Daniel Levy, passionately questioned, “Can someone credibly tell me that when the leadership of a country says we are cutting off food, electricity, water, all supplies to an entire civilian population, that they’re targeting militants? I’m sorry, these kind of lies can’t be allowed to pass.”
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Israel’s Air Force stated it dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza in six days and will continue these bombings “as long as necessary.”
Palestinian Muslims and Christians should not be collectively punished for the sins of Hamas. Yet they are.
For 16 years, two million residents of Gaza have been the world’s largest ‘open-air prison,’ subjected to the relentless daily tyrannies of an ethnic and religious apartheid. Now the trauma is intensified for the innocent civilians of Gaza with displacement from their homes, deprivation of food, water and medicine, and the terror of air attacks.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken properly stated, “Anyone who wants peace and justice must condemn Hamas’ reign of terror.
It’s corollary is also true: Anyone who wants peace and justice must also condemn Israel’s reign of terror.
Rev. Harry Rix
Reverend Rix, a retired pastor, currently serves part-time as a counselor with psychiatric patients at Fuller Hospital in Attleboro.
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