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have had their lives shat­tered from the rock­ets of Ha­mas.

It is an in­sult to them and to the brave sol­diers who gave their lives de­fend­ing, what is our coun­try.

At this crit­i­cal time for Jews ev­ery­where, your news­pa­per, as the or­gan of Bri­tish Jewry, has the op­por­tu­nity and obli­ga­tion of sup­port­ing the ac­tions of Is­rael, rather than join­ing our en­e­mies, whose sole ob­jec­tive is its de­struc­tion.

One can only hope that the pub­li­ca­tion of this ad­vert will act as a wake-up call to those who still be­lieve that in a lib­eral democ­racy here in the UK they have noth­ing to fear. David Free­man Oak­leigh Park North N20

I am ap­palled that you saw fit to ac­cept an ad­vert for the Gaza Ap­peal. Are you sharing the same bed as Ge­orge Gal­loway?

It is a pity you have not shown bet­ter judg­ment by print­ing a whole page, for ex­am­ple, list­ing the names of all those wounded sol­diers to daven for.

How about show­ing some gump­tion and print­ing a whole page for the wounded vic­tims, or­phans, wid­ows, wid­ow­ers, and be­reaved par­ents and sib­lings from the res­i­dents of Sderot? Ge­of­frey Pep­per Dar­linghurst Grove, Leigh on Sea, Es­sex

Af­ter my Fri­day-night din­ner, I was sit­ting with my fa­ther while he flicked through the JC. When we reached the DEC I felt as if salt had been rubbed into my wounds.

I would love to do­nate to the poor women and chil­dren of Gaza if I could be sure the money will ac­tu­ally get to them with­out a risk of be­ing used by ter­ror­ists to help buy more mis­siles to fire into Is­rael, which we were try­ing to stop in the first place. Si­mon Davies si­mon_­davieshouse@bt­in­ter­

I sup­port the run­ning of the DEC Gaza Ap­peal ad.

First of all as a Jew, with life­long con­nec­tions and Zion­ist af­fil­i­a­tions, I stand with Is­rael.

I am also en­tirely sup­port­ive of Op­er­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge, of Is­rael’s right to suc­cess­fully pro­tect its cit­i­zens against thou­sands of deadly rocket at­tacks — aimed at civil­ians — and at­tack tun­nels.

I am also full of pride that the Is­raelis take more care than any other army to avoid harm­ing civil­ians and have put their own troops at risk on the ground to avoid col­lat­eral dam­age from airstrikes.

Nev­er­the­less, mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in­evitably in­clude civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, dis­place­ment and hu­man mis­ery. Jews all over the world are hor­ri­fied by the images they see in Gaza — no mat­ter who is to blame — and

The DEC does not as­cribe blame for suf­fer­ing

are con­tribut­ing to ap­peals for humanitarian aid.

Se­condly, as chair­man of one of the DEC mem­ber agen­cies, I am proud to sup­port the ap­peal which is cur­rently en­abling us to work through our part­ner agency, Hel­pAge, to pro­vide home-based care to 1,400 house­holds headed by older peo­ple across Gaza. We es­ti­mate that there are around 100,000 vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple caught up in this cri­sis. It is im­por­tant to recog­nise that the DEC is cur­rently still sup­port­ing humanitarian dis­as­ters in many ar­eas such as Syria and the Philip­pines, as well as Gaza, and is cur­rently de­cid­ing whether to launch an ap­peal for the se­ri­ous humanitarian sit­u­a­tion un­fold­ing in north­ern Iraq.

The DEC does not as­cribe blame for suf­fer­ing. They only ap­peal when they know they can help, and they ask three key ques­tions: Does the scale and ur­gency of the dis­as­ter call for de­ci­sive ac­tion? Are the mem­ber agen­cies in a po­si­tion to pro­vide effective and swift humanitarian as­sis­tance? Will the public sup­port the ap­peal?

Thirdly on de­cid­ing to sup­port this ap­peal, I sought views from, among oth­ers, col­leagues work­ing in Is­rael. They told me they hurt — like any hu­man be­ings — for the suf­fer­ing of the older Pales­tinian pop­u­la­tion and the mis­ery brought to them by their ir­re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship and that it would be fully ap­pro­pri­ate for our or­gan­i­sa­tion to pro­vide all the humanitarian sup­port it can to as­sist older Pales­tini­ans in Gaza.This is right and this is also the Jewish way to be­have.

Fi­nally, Age In­ter­na­tional is proud to be able to re­spond to the most ur­gent needs of older peo­ple and their families in Gaza in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of health as­sis­tance, food and psy­cho-so­cial sup­port. From Syria to Haiti and from Kenya to Bangladesh, we are ac­tive in more than 40 coun­tries across the world. As the only UK char­ity fo­cus­ing solely on older peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, we re­main very con­cerned for the safety of all those af­fected by this con­flict. Dianne M Jef­frey CBE DL Chair­man Age UK and Age In­ter­na­tional Tav­i­s­tock Square Lon­don WC1

As a Jew and Zion­ist I am proud to sup­port the ap­peal

You have made a big fuss over the Tri­cy­cle the­atre want­ing to re­move the Is­rael em­blem and sup­port from Jewish Film Fes­ti­val.

Then a week later you pub­lish an ap­peal for Gaza that con­tains all the char­i­ties that for years have been stig­ma­tis­ing Is­rael.

Loopy logic. Nitza Sarner Macken­nal St Lon­don NW8

Are you crazy? How de­lighted Ha­mas must be. Their use of chil­dren as hu­man shields has worked so well at de­mon­is­ing Is­rael and at ig­nor­ing

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