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Letter: Support for Israel not misguided

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 11:23 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 11:38 p.m. CST

To the Editor,

I would like to respond to the letter to the editor from Cecile Meyer entitled, “Concerned about Rep. Hultgren’s stance on Israel” published on in the Daily Chronicle on Aug. 27.

In her letter, Ms. Meyer submits that U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren “must be unaware of the history and facts of the conflict” between Israel and Hamas.

In my opinion, some history and facts may not have been accurately stated in the letter, which I would like to address.

1. Israel has no settlements in Gaza and is not building any settlements there. Israel left Gaza completely in 2005 and dismantled all of their settlements at that time.

2. Hamas terrorists fire rockets into Israel indiscriminately, targeting civilians.  This is an obvious violation of international law.

3. Hamas uses men, women, and children as human shields, also in complete violation of international law.

4. Israel has a right to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks.  The deaths of civilians in Gaza are the responsibility of Hamas because of their deplorable practice of attacking Israel from installations at schools, hospitals, homes, and mosques.

5. Israel is not starving Gaza with a blockade. Since mid-August, Israel has sent Gaza more than 11 million pounds of humanitarian supplies for their citizens, including approximately 2,800 tons of food and 100 tons of medical supplies. The blockade is not meant to starve anyone, and is facilitated as a result of Israel’s partnership with Egypt.

6. The border fence (wall) around Gaza was constructed to keep terrorists from sneaking into Israel, and has largely been successful in eliminating terror attacks there. Egypt is a partner with Israel in this effort as well.

Hultgren is on the right side of this, as are a great many U.S. senators and representatives. We should continue to provide assistance in Israel’s defense against attacks from the Hamas terror organization.

Simon Seibert

Dekalb

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