Israel's continued insistence on attacking Gaza with all its disproportionate might, killing hundreds of people, is barbaric and self-defeating, for if they really want peace they wouldn't do it. Nor would they build a partition wall on Palestinian territory. Nor would they cut off electricity and water to millions of Gazans. Nor would they refuse to allow humanitarian aid (food, medicine and other basic needs) into Gaza to help the hundreds of thousands who are destitute as the result of their collective punishment for having democratically elected Hamas into their government.
No one dares to say it here in the U.S., where few people understand the truth about the history of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, but Hamas is not a terrorist group. It is a national, patriotic, humanitarian organization which was voted in by Palestinians because of all the good things they have done for them and their dedication to defending them against a criminal occupation.
Since taking power in Palestine, the Hamas leader has several times extended an olive branch of compromise to Israel with assurances that if it ends the occupation, removes the illegal settlements and apartheid wall, and withdraws to the 1967 borders, it would be possible for the two entities to live side by side in peace. These overtures were ignored ... even by most in the American press.
Israel's ongoing violent occupation speaks volumes about its intentions for Palestine and its people. Yet, we refuse to see it and effectively intercede. Such actions and America's apparent blind support of them merely serve to breed terrorism, not prevent it. Is this what we want? Israel has not learned that destructive air strikes in Gaza, Lebanon, or anywhere else will not quell the masses as it always claims it will. Instead, it will foment further hatred and indignation and more generations of resisters will undoubtedly emerge.
If, on the other hand, Israel is being honest about wanting peace, then I urge you to persuade its leaders to cease with this continued, counterproductive policy of oppression and inhumane treatment of Palestinians and the usurpation of their land by illegal settlements and government land grabs.
If we don't take action, our country is sure to go down in history as Israel's biggest partner in extinguishing an entire indigenous population. Is that what we want?
This is not a legacy that I as an American citizen wish to share.
Please do something to stop these air strikes on Gaza. These people have already suffered beyond our comprehension.
Thank you for your time.