Schneidereit, in his column, March 11, speaks of Western media duplicity in
reporting the news of the Palestine/Israel conflict. He is quite right. There
is clear duplicity and bias, in favour of Israel, in our media and political
leaders' responses to the events related to this conflict.
has been rightly stated about the abhorent killing of the 8 Yeshiva students
in Jerusalem, but no equivalent condemnation has
been voiced by media or political leaders of the equally abhorent killing, in
the previous 4 days, of the 120 Palestinians in Gaza, half of whom were non-combatants
and over 20 were children. The killing of innocent civilians,
be they Israeli or Palestinians must be condemned by all.
lengthy condemnation of Hamas, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, there is
not a word about the brutal siege, collective punishments, denial of basic
elements of life and humiliation imposed by Israel on the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, most of whom
are refugees who have been ethnically cleansed from their homes by Israel.
It is time
that Mr Schneidereit and other Israel's apologists come to understand that
it is the brutal illegal occupation, that Israel has imposed on the OccupiedPalestinianTerritories for over 40 years, in defiance of
international law and repeated Security Council resolutions,
that is the cause of all this suffering.
security, for Israelis and Palestinians, will be attained only if Israel terminates completely its illegal
occupation of the PalestinianTerritories and complies with international law
and UN resolutions.