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Palestinian protesters deserve credit for bravery

I appreciate your coverage of the many brave Palestinians who demanded their right to democracy this week ("Protesters enter Israel; 12 die," May 16).

It was inevitable that the Arab Spring would come to Israel. And it was just as inevitable that Israeli soldiers would use violence to kill and maim protesters.

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Instead of recognizing that the occupation of the Palestinian lands is unjust and should end, the Israeli military reacted like the thugs in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. It is inevitable that the Palestinians will one day have their freedom. So why continue to use violence in an attempt to delay that day of reckoning?

I look forward to the seeds of democracy being planted in the Middle East, where tyranny has long been a staple of life in most countries. A change is a coming, but I fear many lives will be lost in the struggle. How much longer must the Palestinians be denied their basic human rights?

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Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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