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Letter: Concerned about Rep. Hultgren’s stance on Israel

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:55 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I believe U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren means well in publicizing his views of the Israeli/Gaza conflict. However, his one-sided pro-Israeli message suggests that he must be unaware of the history and facts of the conflict, and that he has been unduly influenced by the Israeli lobby (namely AIPAC).

As Hultgren’s constituent, I am deeply concerned about the stand he has taken on this issue. For the sake of the families, including many innocent children, in Gaza, either killed or orphaned, and homes destroyed by Israeli air strikes and starved by the Israeli blockade, it is vital that the U.S. withhold our sizable military assistance to Israel until its attacks on Gaza are halted, along with further expansion of Jewish settlements which are gobbling up the small land remaining for the people of Gaza.

Only then can productive peace talks succeed.

I implore Hultgren, my representative in Congress, to look more thoroughly into the situation and come up with a more balanced view, which, in my opinion, would include strong U.S. support for a two-state solution. Our taxpayer dollars should not be spent arming either side in this unwise conflict.

A friend of Israel’s would call for an end to:

a. Further Jewish settlements into tiny remaining Gaza land.

b. The Israeli blockade of Gaza.

c. Hamas’ rocket attacks into Israel.

d. Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

e. Serious modification of the wall separating many Gazans from access to their olive groves, schools, and other vital assets.

Cecile Meyer


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