Wednesday, June 2, 2010

When it comes to condemnation of human rights violations, the international community has maintained total bias against Israel, and President Obama is joining in (“The Freedom Flotilla fraud,” Comment & Analysis, Wednesday).

Israel has maintained a blockade to prevent weapons from entering Gaza because Hamas has launched major rocket attacks against Israeli citizens. Israel had to respond with force to stop the attacks. Following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the United Nations was unable to enforce its own resolution to prevent weapons from being supplied to Hezbollah.

This week, Israel offered to screen and accept the humanitarian aid at the Port of Ashdod and transport the items to Gaza. But the protesters were not interested in aid; they are merely anti-Israel and were seeking a confrontation. Thus, the deaths and injuries are the responsibility of those who wanted a conflict for political purposes. If the co-called “activists” were really “pro-Palestinian,” they would push for the Palestinians and neighboring Arab countries to recognize the right of Israel to exist. This would be the best chance for the two states, Israel and Palestine, to exist in peace.

The questions Mr. Obama really ought to be addressing have nothing to do with the state of Israel defending itself and a legitimate blockade. Where is the strong condemnation of Iran for its ongoing arrests and execution of Iranians following the flawed and corrupt presidential election last year? Where is the international condemnation of North Korea for killing many South Korean sailors? Where is the resolve to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur? It is disappointing to see a president of the United States failing to act in a responsible manner when it comes to evaluating facts and supporting our allies.

MARVIN L. HOOVIS



Centerville, Mass.

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