Letter to the Editor of the Georgia Straight regarding the targeting of non-combatants

By Gary Keenan. The following letter was published in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, in the May 30-June 5 2003 issue, in reply to¬†“Letter to editor from Cam Small”, May 22-29 2003

Dear editor:

Of the many reliable sources that refute Cam Small’s assertion that “there has never been any evidence to suggest that [Palestinian] noncombatants are being targeted [by Israeli soldiers]”, I quote from an article by Chris Hedges (former bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News in Jerusalem and Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times), who witnessed children being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Gaza Strip: “Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered…but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.”

(“A Gaza Diary”, Harper’s, October 2001).… Read more

Whose Interests Will the Abrogation of the ROR Serve?

By Hanna Kawas (in response to Elias Tuma)

We are witnessing a calculated campaign of highly publicized attacks on the Palestinian Right of Return (ROR), aimed at confusing, demoralizing, terrorizing (physically and politically) and frustrating the Palestinian refugees and people with the sole purpose of forcing them to abrogate this right. It started with the Camp David “generous offer” and continued with Palestinian advocates such as Sari Nusaybeh, pushing to drop the ROR if Israel met other conditions, as if we are in a Bazaar, and as if what is on the line is vegetables to be traded and not inalienable rights for human beings.… Read more