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January 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM

War in Gaza

Can’t compare to Canada

The Times article by Akiva Kenny Segan [“Common ground in Gaza begins with a cease-fire,” guest columnist, Jan. 15] ignores the cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Israelis invaded the land of the Palestinians much as Hitler invaded Poland. They destroyed over 500 Arab villages, unnumbered homes, farms and orchards. They made the lives of Palestinians virtual prison sentences.

The horror of it is our country continues to support the invader, Israel.

President-elect Obama asks what we would do if being bombed by Canada. The simile is inaccurate. We didn’t steal Canadian land. A better simile is what the Poles, French and others who were invaded by Hitler, did: They fought back to regain their land — and we helped them.

There will be no Middle East peace until Israel acknowledges its aggression and recognizes it owes a huge debt to the Palestinians for destroyed property and 60 years in refugee camps.

Civilized people all over the world felt great sympathy for Jews because of the Holocaust. But, the Palestinians had no part in that crime. There is no reason why they should pay for it.

And for Americans, consider the impact upon world opinion, if the U.S. supported justice for the Palestinians instead of the tyranny of the Israelis.

— Spencer Higley, Edmonds

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