Both sides suffer

Both sides suffer

Both sides suffer

First published in Letters by

ONE can almost write the script as this tragic conflict goes on.

With an almost wearying repetition, Hamas fires rockets into Israel, Israel responds, Western politicians say Israel has the right to defend itself.

Then innocent people start dying and with the help of a cynical media looking for a good picture or story, the crescendo of animosity towards one side or the other appears, as can be seen in the letters page of July 11.

This cycle of madness, hatred and unyielding violence has brought nothing to either side apart from destruction, death, hopelessness and deep sadness.

We are at a point of utter despair, but I do take comfort from an article which appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward on July 6, which drew attention to the meeting between families of the murdered Israeli teenagers and the murdered Palestinian teenager.

The uncle of one of the Israeli teenagers stated: “the life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.”

Similarly, Palestinians from the Hebron area visited the mother of one of the slain Israelis.

He also mentioned an initiative spearheaded by Jews and Muslims to transform July 15, the Jewish fast day known as 17 Tammuz, into a joint fast day for people of both religions who wish to express their desire to end violence in the region.

David Lyon, Kingfisher Close, Huntington, York.

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1:45pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Jonothon says...

David Lyons always tries to paint the Middle east as two equal factions who need to get round a table. Utter tosh aimed at letting Israel's war criminals off the hook.
It is a case of the worlds 4th most powerfully armed nation, a major nuclear power, launching a full scale offensive on one of the most deprived and overcrowded places on the planet. In the 2008/9 invasion, over 1400 Palestinians were killed in the bombardment, almost all civilians. The few Israeli soldiers who died were mostly the victims of "friendly fire" incidents. Already this time the death toll of Palestinians is in the hundreds, and most of the victims are women and children

The international community must act to force Israel to stop the targeting of civilians, Comply with the rulings of the International court, stop the illegal occupation, and end the siege which has made Gaza a prison.
David Lyons always tries to paint the Middle east as two equal factions who need to get round a table. Utter tosh aimed at letting Israel's war criminals off the hook. It is a case of the worlds 4th most powerfully armed nation, a major nuclear power, launching a full scale offensive on one of the most deprived and overcrowded places on the planet. In the 2008/9 invasion, over 1400 Palestinians were killed in the bombardment, almost all civilians. The few Israeli soldiers who died were mostly the victims of "friendly fire" incidents. Already this time the death toll of Palestinians is in the hundreds, and most of the victims are women and children The international community must act to force Israel to stop the targeting of civilians, Comply with the rulings of the International court, stop the illegal occupation, and end the siege which has made Gaza a prison. Jonothon
  • Score: -2

1:45pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Dr Robert says...

A balanced letter at last reference the conflict around the middle east, as opposed to the usual pro Palestinian rant from Ms Cooke.
A balanced letter at last reference the conflict around the middle east, as opposed to the usual pro Palestinian rant from Ms Cooke. Dr Robert
  • Score: 4

2:45pm Fri 18 Jul 14

gwen4me says...

I agree completely with Jonathan and Mr Lyon, I have no time for the current Israeli government or the USA in this matter.
I agree completely with Jonathan and Mr Lyon, I have no time for the current Israeli government or the USA in this matter. gwen4me
  • Score: -3

1:40am Sat 19 Jul 14

Emperor Palpatine says...

Jonothon wrote:
David Lyons always tries to paint the Middle east as two equal factions who need to get round a table. Utter tosh aimed at letting Israel's war criminals off the hook.
It is a case of the worlds 4th most powerfully armed nation, a major nuclear power, launching a full scale offensive on one of the most deprived and overcrowded places on the planet. In the 2008/9 invasion, over 1400 Palestinians were killed in the bombardment, almost all civilians. The few Israeli soldiers who died were mostly the victims of "friendly fire" incidents. Already this time the death toll of Palestinians is in the hundreds, and most of the victims are women and children

The international community must act to force Israel to stop the targeting of civilians, Comply with the rulings of the International court, stop the illegal occupation, and end the siege which has made Gaza a prison.
It's a case of a beleaguered nation, who lost 6 million dead in the Holocaust, defending itself against an organisation sworn to its destruction. If the Palestinians want peace, they should try not electing a terrorist organisation as a government and get them to stop firing rockets into Israel but then Hamas have always got their apologists amongst the cycling lentil munchers haven't they. I'm sure Tel Aviv and the IDF will be quaking at the site of the usual suspects out in force tomorrow!
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: David Lyons always tries to paint the Middle east as two equal factions who need to get round a table. Utter tosh aimed at letting Israel's war criminals off the hook. It is a case of the worlds 4th most powerfully armed nation, a major nuclear power, launching a full scale offensive on one of the most deprived and overcrowded places on the planet. In the 2008/9 invasion, over 1400 Palestinians were killed in the bombardment, almost all civilians. The few Israeli soldiers who died were mostly the victims of "friendly fire" incidents. Already this time the death toll of Palestinians is in the hundreds, and most of the victims are women and children The international community must act to force Israel to stop the targeting of civilians, Comply with the rulings of the International court, stop the illegal occupation, and end the siege which has made Gaza a prison.[/p][/quote]It's a case of a beleaguered nation, who lost 6 million dead in the Holocaust, defending itself against an organisation sworn to its destruction. If the Palestinians want peace, they should try not electing a terrorist organisation as a government and get them to stop firing rockets into Israel but then Hamas have always got their apologists amongst the cycling lentil munchers haven't they. I'm sure Tel Aviv and the IDF will be quaking at the site of the usual suspects out in force tomorrow! Emperor Palpatine
  • Score: 0

7:15am Sat 19 Jul 14

bravo whisky says...

Well I think we know that there will be three out in force on Saturday.
Well I think we know that there will be three out in force on Saturday. bravo whisky
  • Score: 0

9:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

gwen4me says...

We'll see, won't we.
We'll see, won't we. gwen4me
  • Score: 0

9:47am Sat 19 Jul 14

Davidka says...

Jonathon is so hate filled towards Israel that I worry he may drown in his own bile one day. His arrogance towards people trying to show the humanity that exists on both sides(using such childish expressions as "tosh" when someone dares to show that Israelis are human beings too with all the good and bad points we all have) simply reflects his own bigotry.
Jonathon is so hate filled towards Israel that I worry he may drown in his own bile one day. His arrogance towards people trying to show the humanity that exists on both sides(using such childish expressions as "tosh" when someone dares to show that Israelis are human beings too with all the good and bad points we all have) simply reflects his own bigotry. Davidka
  • Score: -1

11:59am Sat 19 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

So much love on this page.
So much love on this page. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

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