The attacks on Rob Rogers have been unfair

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I was going to write about the U.S. supply of weapons to the world through military aid, leftovers from occupation and capture by enemy forces, facilitating the horrendous killings in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., while our government sticks sanctions on Russia for supplying arms to the dissidents in Ukraine and blames Vladimir Putin for the downing of the Malaysian airliner. Do we blame ourselves for the suffering of millions? Our tax dollars pay for it.

However, the attacks on Rob Rogers for depicting Gaza as a prison with Israeli guards are so outrageous, they need response.

As a Holocaust survivor I am very sensitive to attacks on Jews. Mr. Rogers derided Israeli policies, not “the Jews.” We Jews admit there are bad Jews, just as there are bad Christians and bad Muslims. We object to blaming all Jews for the few.

Why then do Mr. Rogers’ attackers turn it around, as if he had attacked all Jews?

You may disagree with his perception of Gaza as a prison, although Gaza is cut off from the world without seaport or airport. Imports from Israel allow for a diet with just enough calories not to starve people.

Israeli authorities have continued control of Gaza’s contacts with the outside world, even after withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers.

The United States has promised Gaza $500 million in humanitarian aid. Israel will get $250 million in military aid, in addition to its annual $3 billion U.S. aid.

Don’t attack the messenger.

EDITH BELL
Highland Park

 


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