Put blame where it belongs
■ I applaud the Irish Government for taking a courageous stance on the tragic loss of life that has occurred in the Gaza Strip.
Turkey, South Africa and Ireland, among other nations, have stood up to Israel’s aggression and flagrant contempt for human life and dignity in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel has succeeded in projecting itself as the only democracy in the Middle East.
But this democracy can only succeed when it grasps and acknowledges the ongoing grievance of innocent Palestinians, their dispossession, their agonising lives as refugees scattered in squalid, unhygienic and overcrowded camps across the Arab world.
Death, destruction, recrimination and vengeance beget only more deaths.
But before blaming Israel and the US, why not blame Arab and Muslim leaders for their ineptitude and inability to change the status quo and raise their voices in international fora?
Dr Munjed Farid al Qutob
London, United Kingdom