Letters to the editor, November 14, 2019

Exposing the truth

I couldn't help but notice a few letters to the editor that were well-laced with the usual Hasbara-peddled propaganda and the negative portrayal of the victimized Palestinians (letters collected under the headline "Good call, NDP," Reply all, October 31). Allow me to respond with some factual information on the colonial cruelty committed against the Indigenous people of Palestine.

Zionists "have preached an admixture of ultra-nationalism, religious mysticism and racial superiority" (Einstein, 1948). The Zionists who were haphazardly shoehorned into the Middle East made numerous promises to the Palestinians when they began to ethnically cleanse and colonize Palestine, but they kept only one: They promised to take their land, and they took it.

Since March 2018, the people of Gaza have been protesting the appalling conditions they have been forced to live in by the apartheid regime of Israel. Laying in wait for these non-violent unarmed protesters are trigger-happy Israeli snipers who have targeted anyone in their crosshairs with lethal force, including women and children, medical personnel and journalists. Recently uncovered videos show celebrating Israeli snipers shooting into crowds as protesters innocently stood and waved flags, socialized and shared food with family and friends, sang songs and danced, took care of the wounded, or panicked and ran as the snipers opened fire. Taking into account the extreme level of Israel's provocative brutality, these protesters—and their government as well—should be applauded for their resilience and restraint.

Most of the world's media and governments have neglected to recognize these weekly occurring events. However, the public is increasingly able to shake off the shackles of misinformation and exaggerations perpetrated by the manipulated media and their stooges who promote such mendacity. The Zionists have gotten away with their distorted spin on events for far too long. There are more and more people waking up to the truth as time goes on and as more honest information sources become available. The days of having to listen to the Zionist version of events is rapidly coming to a close, and it can't come soon enough, especially since the leader of the racist regime of Israel is once again calling for yet another mission of mayhem and murder.

For the record, more people die from peanut allergies in Israel than from anything the besieged Gazans lob back into their former ancestral homeland, including the makeshift projectiles that the brutally imprisoned population of Gaza retaliates with. Most of these so-called "rockets" fall harmlessly on the desert sand, while the modern military weaponry of the Zionists have repeatedly and brutally rained hell down upon the defenseless Palestinian civilians trapped in the world's largest hemmed-in open-air prison. Those who justify or excuse the vicious bombing and wholesale slaughter of civilian neighbourhoods in Gaza by the Israeli regime terror squads as "defensive"—and then dismissively respond by saying the deaths were "unfortunate"—need to have a thorough humanity check.

Blaming the victim is reprehensibly offensive to anyone who has been to Palestine and witnessed Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity firsthand. Journalist Henry Siegman once called it "the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history."

Condemning the illegal occupation is not hate. Defending it is. Peace will come only when Israel grants to others that which it demands for itself—a right to exist.
—D.T. McPhee, Halifax

John Cheever had it right on when, in his book Falconer, Farragut says "Opinions are like assholes, Everybody has one and they all stink." This was beautifully exemplified in the "Good call, NDP" letters by Maureen MacDonald, Larry A. Riteman and Don Chard.

Resolutions by the UN condemning Israel's occupation of Palestine and the illegal settlements on the West Bank have been met by nods of assent by countries around the world but little else. Hence, Israel has continued to ignore these resolutions and the Palestinians have been left on their own.

Because of the cowardly reactions of people and governments around the world to the plight of the Palestinians, I laud Judy Haiven—who wrote the "NDP mistake" letter, October 24—and anyone else for speaking out about the plight of the Palestinians.
—Peter Nelson, via email

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