January 15, 2010 in Letters

Gaza march slighted

The Spokesman-Review
 

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell are of a will aggressively to resolve the ethnic cleansing and occupation of Palestine, now in its seventh decade (“U.S. takes new Mideast tack,” Jan. 9). I don’t hold much hope.

As the old year ended, an international party of 1,300 or 1,400 human rights activists was detained in Cairo, including 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein. Allow me three observations on the Gaza Freedom March.

First, our client regime in Egypt, forced by our bidding to prevent the marchers from reaching Gaza, has been humiliated before all the world.

Second, when the freedom marchers sang “We Shall Overcome,” they demonstrated that the battle against racism and apartheid in Israel is one with the sustained fight against racism in the U.S.

Third, The Spokesman-Review has chosen not to report on the Gaza Freedom March.

The Egyptian police met the freedom marchers with batons. Our government and our media offered them largely the vastness of our silence.

Wayne Kraft

Spokane

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