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May 8, 2021

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Danny Wakil, Billinudgel

Gareth Smith is very good at selecting arguments that accord with his blinkered worldview, even if that means putting forward arguments that lack context or accuracy.

In his letter posted May 1, Gareth Smith fails to mention that deaths and injuries in 2014 were owing to an all-out war that was started by the Hamas terror organisation in Gaza. Hamas started the war by firing a huge volume of rockets into Israel over a number of days without Israel firing back until it was clear that Hamas had no intention to cease fire. As in any war in history, It is terrible that a number of civilians were killed and injured but even Hamas and the UN stated that a huge percentage were Hamas operatives and many more were civilians used as human shields, which was one of the many war crimes that Hamas has committed.

A large percentage of Palestinians hate Hamas and blame them for their living conditions. Many of them want to oust them from power but their protests are always met with crushing and murderous force as was the case in the past weeks. No anti Hamas expression is tolerated in Gaza.   

Yes, there are a small number of anti-Israel Jews around the world but there are also millions of pro-Israel Muslims and Palestinians. Palestinians who are proud to be Israeli. 

Use words that show context and a desire for peace. Have you ever considered those concepts, Gareth Smith?


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1 COMMENT

  1. Dear Danny

    There are separate laws on the West Bank and they apply differently for indigenous Palestinians and Zionist settlers on the West Bank.

    Palestinians have to endure an illegal 400 mile “wall”.

    Hamas behaves reprehensibly and so do the extreme right-wing Zionist price tag killers on the West Bank (which is occupied). Israel’s actions and its unwillingness to provide peace for Palestine (which is occupied) is a tragedy.

    In the recent wars in Gaza, both sides have acted in contravention of international humantarian law. Israel too has struck at UN buildings deliberately and was condemned by the UN.

    It is time that there is peace and a two-state solution implemented. The constant expansion of settlements and incitement (which in fairness occurs on both sides) does not help.

    However, with the populations of Israelis and Palestinians approximately the same in the Holy Land, a two-state solution is the only justified way forward.

    Thank you.

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