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By Ulli Diemer


Letter to the Editor, Globe and Mail
August 7, 2006


The Globe's pro-Israel pronouncements reek of double standards and historical amnesia.

Israel is praised (Editorial, August 7) for having "pulled out of Gaza". Pulled out? Israel has sealed off Gaza's borders. It is blocking food, medicine and other needed supplies. It has destroyed a large proportion of the infrastructure, including the sole power station, as well as much of the arable land. It bombs, terrorizes and kills as it pleases, on a daily basis. It has killed at least 167 residents of Gaza in the last six weeks, many of them children. The conditions in Gaza resemble nothing so much as the Warsaw ghetto after the German conquest of Poland.

Despite these facts, the Globe claims that Hezbollah's attack on Israel's military was unprovoked and that "Israel did nothing to deserve that attack". Nothing? Committing war crimes in Gaza is "nothing"?

Far from being inexplicable and unprovoked, Hezbollah's attack on an Israeli military patrol was a direct response to Israel's ongoing rampage in Gaza.

Is it wrong to come to the aid of your friends when they are being attacked? Were England, France, and Canada guilty of 'unprovoked aggression' when they declared war on Germany in 1939, after Germany attacked Poland? Was Canada guilty of 'unprovoked aggression' when it declared war on Japan after Pearl Harbor even though Canada had not been attacked? Were we wrong to come to the aid of our allies? If not, then why is it wrong for Hezbollah to come to the aid of its allies when they are being attacked by Israel?


Ulli Diemer
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See also: The Middle East Conflict: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights