U.S. needs to hold Israel accountable

The article, "Jewish population hits new high in West Bank," (July 27) states that 350,000 Jewish settlers now occupy the West Bank, as well as nearly 300,000 in the occupied East Jerusalem. Israel is in violation of international law, the 4th Geneva Convention and the U.N. resolution 242, and it is condemned around the world for its brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. In addition, Israel continues to maintain a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza, causing the Vatican to accuse Israel of turning Gaza into "a giant prison camp."

The United States needs to put its words into deeds and end all financial, military and political aid to Israel while demanding an end to Israel's theft of Palestinian land and water. This would allow us to become an honest broker for peace in the Middle East, calling for a two state peace settlement, based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian state. The U.S. can no longer afford to be a lackey for Israel, which has caused us so much harm and expense.

Ray Gordon, Bel Air

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