OXFAM AND PEACE
I would like to ask Barbara Stocking ( JC, October 9) what does Oxfam actually do to promote peace? The usual stance that Israel is to blame achieves nothing. For example, take the blockade. I would suggest that no responsible government would allow freedom of movement by land, sea, air or tunnel, when they are at war — and it is a war — with an enemy whose raison d’être is to destroy their country.
As must be clear to any NGO working in Gaza, the civilians’ dire situation is a direct result of the ideology, aims and activities of their leaders.
When will the NGOs have the honesty to acknowledge that the responsibility rests with those leaders? All they seem to do is say, with an admonitory tap on the offenders’ hand, that they criticise the sending of suicide bombers, the sending of rockets and the attempts to kidnap soldiers. When Israel withdrew from Gaza, what did NGOs do when Palestinians went on the rampage and destroyed all that was left for their benefit, including the hot-houses that were purchased for millions of dollars?
I accept that they provide aid, which probably helps perpetuate the regime — but is there any movement on peace?
Aid workers could do worse than read the JC interview with Yvonne Green in March and her Jerusalem Post article or study Colonel Richard Kemp’s contributions to the debate. Helena Abram firstname.lastname@example.org