Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 29, 2014 5:00 AM

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Gaza offensive

The Gaza offensive is in its third week. So far, there have been more than 1,000 Palestinian Gazan deaths, and more than 40 Israeli deaths, 38 of whom were Israeli soldiers after their ground offensive.

In 1948, Israel evicted 1 million Palestinian Arabs from Palestine, confiscated their properties, and refused to repatriate them in defiance of U.N. resolutions. Israel has annexed Palestinian territories and built more than 200 illegal settlements for alleged “security” reasons. More territories were stolen from Palestinian Arabs by building the security barrier for, you guessed it, security reasons. Israel refuses to internationalize Jerusalem, in accordance with U.N. resolutions, and wishes it as their sole capital.

The Israelis continue to clamp down on Gaza with a siege, making it by international standards no better than a WW II concentration camp. With every new settlement and settler, with every annexed square foot of Palestinian territory, with every Hamas rocket, the rift and intolerance of each side toward one another grows wider and deeper.

All lives are equally precious: Arab, Israeli, Muslim, Jewish, or Christian. It is hard to believe that this savage collective punishment by Israel and its policies will lay the groundwork for peace any time soon. It has not since 1948, nor will it in the foreseeable future.

By the way, on the occasion of the Eid, from the IDF and Bibi, Happy Eid to all Palestinians and Gazans living in refugee camps, and under occupation.

Patrick W. Hitchon, UI professor of neurosurgery and biomedical engineering

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