A Palestinian home in the West Bank was bombed in the early morning as they slept.  An 18 month old child living in that home was killed in this bombing!  Protesters gathered to denounce this heinous act that took a child’s life and destroyed the home.

While Israeli soldiers were “controlling the protesters”, an Israeli soldier shot two people, one a teenager.   These killings of innocent Palestinians has to stop!  The West Bank is “seething with Israeli hatred” for the Palestinians” living there.  This land was given to Palestinians in a mutual agreement years ago.  Now it is being taken over by Israeli settlers (sanctioned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu). Palestinians are being forced from their homes.  How would you feel if you have lived in the same home you raised your family in thinking you owned it, then the government forces you out to give it to “someone they approve”?  This has been going on for years.

Anyone who has paid attention knows this “persecution” of Palestinians is nothing new.  It has been going on decades and only getting worse as time goes on.  Yet, the leaders of our great “free” country of America have done nothing about it.  They are one-sided when it comes to warfare, occupation, misery and death of Palestinians and Israelis.  The Israeli government has violated international law too many times to count.  Yet, our government does nothing about it

In 2010 Israel attacked a flotilla of boats in “international waters” carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza whose people were in desperate need of this aid.  Our leaders had a chance to act to end the Gaza blockade but what did they do?  The president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “criticized the Israel government (Prime Minister Netanyahu).”   They were attacked by AIPAC, an American Jewish organization supported by members of congress.  So, our governernment did nothing!  Our government has given Israel “the green light” whenever they want to violate international law by allowing Israel to continue with this persecution of Palestinians however and whenever they want!

It is time for our government to get “a spine” and tell Israel we will no longer allow this persecution to continue. Why are we so “beholden” to AIPAC?  We have J Street support from American Jews who do not condone this barbaric treatment of the Palestinians.   We must tell the Israel government in no uncertain terms if they violate any more international laws or continue the inhuman treatment of 1.5 million people who live in Gaza there will be consequences.  And…follow through with real action if they ignore the warning.   I resent my taxes being used to support a government who deny the people living in the Gaza Strip the basic living requirements every Israel citizen has!

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