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End siege in Gaza

The Spokesman-Review

Israel’s occupation of Gaza and its disproportionate violence there violate international law and the will of virtually all nations.

Jewish-American historian Norman Finkelstein tells us that Israel first violated the cease-fire with Hamas by entering Gaza on Nov. 4 and killing six or seven Palestinian militants. Hamas then retaliated, firing rockets, giving Israel the excuse it was seeking to provoke. According to Israel’s own daily newspaper, Ha’aretz, Israel’s Defense Minister Barak developed invasion plans before the cease-fire even began.

Why plan the invasion? Because Hamas had begun signaling it would join the international consensus and accept a diplomatic settlement along the 1967 borders. This meant a potential durable regional peace agreement well short of full-spectrum dominance, something Israel and the U.S. have regularly sabotaged since 1948.

U.S.-supplied F-16 jet fighters, recently delivered 250-pound “smart” bombs, and annual U.S. aid of $2.5 billion-plus make our nation criminally complicit in the ugly, price-was-worth-it genocide in Gaza.

Even the U.S.-dominated Security Council just passed Resolution 1860 by a vote of 14-0 (U.S. abstaining) calling for immediate cease-fire. Israel’s long-term siege and destruction of Gaza must end. Please stop supporting the Israeli state’s aggression.

Mike Nuess



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