Middle East: Support Peace in Gaza

07/28/2014 4:07 PM

07/30/2014 5:49 AM

Re "Obama calls cease-fire in Gaza imperative/developments in the Gaza conflict" (Page A8, July 28) and Jewish Federation ad (Page A9, July 28): Photos and news stories about the Israeli assault on Gaza shock the conscience. Israel has been carrying out air strikes and other military operations that have resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, most of them civilians. In a series of statements, newspaper ads and events the Jewish Federation of Sacramento has expressed unconditional support for Israeli military attacks on Gaza.

That position is not representative of the Jewish community, as a whole. Many Jews oppose Israeli government actions that have devastated the lives of innocent Palestinians. As the strongest military power in the world and the leading supplier of arms to the region, America has a responsibility to intervene on the side of peace.

We must not be indifferent to the suffering of Palestinians or Israelis. Support an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and a U.N.-imposed comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups

-- Henry Gordon, Sacramento

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