Don’t deny Is­rael’s guilt

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Plight of the Pales­tini­ans,” Let­ters, April 22

Ta­mar Stern­thal from the pro-Is­rael me­dia watch­dog CAM­ERA says that Is­rael is not re­spon­si­ble for the suf­fer­ing of the Pales­tini­ans at the Yar­mouk refugee camp in Syria or for any Pales­tinian suf­fer­ing.

In fact, Is­rael is di­rectly to blame for the suf­fer­ing of Pales­tini­ans in their di­as­pora.

By forc­ing Pales­tini­ans off their land, ei­ther by acts of ter­ror­ism (the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948 was the di­rect cause of them flee­ing the war zone) or by ac­tu­ally evict­ing them at gun­point and then not al­low­ing them to re­turn to their homes at the end of the war, Is­rael is ab­so­lutely the cause of what has hap­pened to them.

Civil­ians are ex­pected to flee a war zone; if they don’t, we think they’re id­iots. Not al­low­ing them to re­turn to their homes is not only a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law, it is also an act of pro­found im­moral­ity and cru­elty.

Blain Brown


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