A recent news brief describing how the U.S. and the United Nations urged Israel to investigate the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teens last week after footage emerged suggesting the youths posed no immediate threat to troops should come as no surprise to readers ("Video suggests youths posed no threat to Israel," May 22).

This past February, Amnesty International wrote a scathing report titled "Trigger-happy Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank," which accused Israeli forces of displaying a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity.

It is time for the U.S. to end all financial, military and diplomatic aid to apartheid Israel and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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