Quantcast
Home » News
Home » News

Letter: U.S. is complicit in Gaza bombing

Published July 22, 2014 8:21 am
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am writing in regards to a recent piece in this publication about Israel's bombing and invasion of Gaza.

U.S. taxpayers fund 20 percent of IsraelĀ“s military, providing over $3.1 billion in weapons each year, making U.S. taxpayers deeply complicit in Israel's crimes against Palestinians. The State Department and Congress could immediately end these attacks by suspending military aid to Israel and brokering a lasting cease-fire agreement and an end to Israel's illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

There is no excuse for the targeting of civilians on either side. While Hamas's indiscriminate firing of rockets is a violation of international law and to be condemned, Israel is firing U.S.-funded precision weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure. This flagrant misuse of U.S.-supplied weapons is a clear violation of U.S. laws like the Foreign Assistance Act and Arms Export Control Act.



Through the first 10 days of aerial and naval attacks, Israel had killed at least 222 Palestinians.

According to the United Nations, of the dead, at least 164 (approximately 77 percent) have been civilians, including 44 children and 29 women. At least 25,000 children traumatized by the death or injury of a family member, or loss of a home, require specialized psychosocial (PSS) support. Israel's attacks against Palestinians in Gaza are not narrowly targeted against military targets, but are having devastating impacts on civilians.

Dale Redington

Salt Lake City

 

 

 

USER COMMENTS
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus