Re: the May 15 guest column "Palestinian deaths continue with US financial support of Israel."

Abby Okrent knows that the events creating the Palestinian Nabka and Israeli independence are complex. While the current events in Gaza cannot be separated from this history, the facts re this needless violence can be seen to refute Ms. Okrent's thesis that Israel bears full responsibility for it.

Hamas has organized the marches against the Gaza border, has sent armed men to accompany the marchers who have attempted to storm the border fence, has orchestrated the destruction of the Kerem Shalom crossing which supplies Gazans with gas, electricity and goods, and rejected the truckloads of food coming via Israel.

Ms. Okrent's organization, Jewish Voice For Peace, and Boycott, Divest, Sanction only see one side of this complex issue and call for a one-state solution, which would mean the dissolution of Israel.

Ronald Bechky


Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.


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