Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 30, 2014 5:00 AM

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Boycott Israel

More than 1,000 people have been killed since Israel began attacking Gaza in “self-defense.” More than 200 of those were children. Israel is targeting civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, parks, and beaches where children play. On July 17 and July 21, Israel shelled hospitals. On July 24, Israel bombed a U.N. school sheltering civilians. According to Christopher Gunness of the United Nations, Israel had precise GPS coordinates of the school, and he described pleading with Israel “to allow a humanitarian pause, a window of opportunity, so that women, children, men, civilians, the sick, the elderly, babies, the dying could be let out of the conflict zone.” Israel bombed the school anyway, killing 16 and injuring more than 200. These facts reveal the absurdity of Israel’s propaganda, in which Hamas is alleged to use civilians as “human shields.”

The international community has long tried to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, including the expansion of illegal settlements and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people. Israel’s immunity continues with the support of our government. It is time for American civil society to support the nonviolent, global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. Inspired by the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, it uses the power of the purse to pressure Israel into compliance with international law. As an alumna, I call on the University of Iowa to join the growing number of institutions seeking justice for Palestine through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.

UI alumna Jamie Kearney

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