I am writing to commend the Post-Gazette for republishing Wejdan Abu Shammala’s account of the terror faced by her three young children during Israel’s bombardment of Gaza (“Keeping My Kids Safe in Gaza,” July 31). Stories like this one should shame those who make excuses for the perpetrators of these atrocities — or worse, blame the victims for their plight.
This op-ed appeared in the Post-Gazette the day after the Israeli military once again shelled a school in which the United Nations had set up a shelter for people displaced by the Israeli assault. This attack killed 16 people. It was the sixth time that a U.N. school had been struck. There is no excuse for this sort of conduct.
Yet our own government also confirmed that it had approved yet more arms shipments to Israel. Section 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act forbids military assistance “to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” It is long past time for our members of Congress (Rep. Mike Doyle, Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey) to call for an end to our country’s more than $3 billion annual military assistance to human rights abuses by Israel.