A recent report on the violence in Gaza refers to Hamas' demand that Israel end its blockade of Gaza but neglects to mention that this is not a demand from Hamas alone ("Israel says truce over after soldier apparently captured," Aug. 1).
For years, the International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade "collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law."
Israeli human rights organizations have also spoken against Israel's closures of the Gaza Strip. The economically choking blockade has not only stopped Palestinians from being able to flee Israel's bombardment of schools and hospitals, but it has caused a humanitarian crisis with roots much deeper than the current violence.
In the interest of justice and peace, Maryland Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski should stop supporting violent non-solutions and instead press for a cease fire, a lifting of the blockade and an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.
Cassidy Regan, Baltimore
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