Response to “Hamas’ disastrous schemes make this the right moment to show solidarity with Israel”, by Rosie DiManno, The Star, May 27, 2018

Dear Editor:
I appreciate that throughout Rosie DiManno’s article she very often ‘pulled her punches’ on the State of Israel, Gazans and Hamas, giving some reasons for the actions of everyone. But she failed to provide the context that lies behind the actions of the Palesinian citizens of Gaza. She neglected to mention that Gazans are descendants of people displaced from their original villages and farms by the Israeli settler colonists, just like our First Nations people in North America. Some Palestinian villages have even been erased from the Earth and replaced in some cases by parks, one of these named in honour of Stephen Harper. Those who have been there describe Gaza as an open prison of collective punishment which the Israeli military, armed with the latest weapons attacks every few years, (2009, 2014), killing men, women and children who have no place to hide. Can Gazans (with their backs to the wall), perhaps led by the elected Hamas Party, not be forgiven for taking actions which seem suicidal to us? Rosie’s readers have no experience of living like this so Rosie is able to relativize the life experiences of Israeli and Palestinian civilians as if they were much the same which they are not. And there is no International accord with respect to Jerusalem being Israel’s capital. Even Canada respects the international consensus that negotiations must take place between all the national and religious parties who claim Jerusalem as a holy site. It is not the capital of one nation or religion and the U.S. violated International law in unilaterally moving its embassy to Jerusalem. There must be a solution that recognizes the human rights of everyone who has lived on this land for hundreds of years. Personally I believe in ‘one person, one vote.’

About Murray Lumley

Board member of Conscience Canada; Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist; retired teacher; grandfather
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