In Steven Spielberg’s film Shindler’s List there is a horrifying scene of a Nazi concentration camp where the camp commander wakes up in the morning and walks out to his balcony overlooking the camp. He brings along a sniper rifle and then starts shooting Jewish prisoners at random who are walking in the camp grounds below.
In real time every day for the last few week’s Israeli soldiers come out in the morning with sniper rifles and use live ammunition to shoot unarmed Palestinians protesting against Israel’s oppressive regime. Last Monday they killed 62 and by my figures that brings the total protestors murdered this way to well over 100. With thousands more wounded or injured. Since the protests started on March 30 Al Jazeera news has compiled these figures:
Over 12,844 total victims, including 488 women; 1129 children under 18; 228 medics; and 124 journalists. The balance are adults of all ages.
I must confess that I have skin in this game that makes me more than a nattering observer. I have relatives in Israel. While I served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II I gave no thought to my uncles and aunts who were living in Central Europe occupied by the German Wehrmacht. Years after the war I learned that some of my uncles and aunts were still alive in Romania. Later, when I had enough money, I visited them and found my Uncle Nandor had been a slave laborer for the Wehrmacht in Russia and out of 3000 Jews was amongst only 300 who survived. He came back to Budapest, where he had been living, only to find that my aunt Rosa, his wife, and their two young boys, Emerick and Oskar, had been murdered in Auschwitz.
Now I find our president (who avoided military service during the Vietnam War) supporting the Israeli government’s excuses for snipers firing live ammunition, just like the concentration camp commander in the movie, killing and wounding unarmed Palestinian protestors under the excuse that Hamas put them up to it. Their crime? With a huge barbed wire fence between them they were throwing stones and other similar items of ‘mass destruction’ at the IDF.
Litsa Binder is a dedicated peace activist who has spent a lifetime working for peace throughout the world. She has been to Gaza in support of the Palestinian cause. She is a follower of TPC and we have become friends over the internet. She sent me this copy of a short ‘letter to the editor’ that she was sending to several local newspapers. So far none have printed her letter. Our politicians are largely silent on this issue and the Saudi inhuman campaign against the people of Yemen. A hopeful sign is that Bernie Sanders is beginning to talk about Yemen and hinting at the situation in Israel. We need more people like Litsa who will take the time to goad local media sources to deal with these issues. Let’s not let the government voice be the only one on the street. – b. traven
To the Editor:
I’ve been watching with deep sadness the news today about the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem, while Israeli soldiers shoot unarmed protesters in Gaza. How long, oh Lord, before the Palestinian people can be free? For how long will the U.S. veto every single U.N. Security Council Resolution that condemns the killing of the Palestinian people? President Carter said Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians is worse than South Africa’s apartheid. Yes, it is much worse. I know because I was in Gaza and the West Bank with an interfaith peace builders’ delegation. I saw the injustice, I cried. Martin Luther King said: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” May justice for the Palestinian people come soon, real soon. Every people deserve to be free!
May 14, 2018