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In Gaza, legal and moral questions


To the editor:

President Joe Biden and the U.S. government cannot morally and legally (under the rules of war) continue to support Israeli attacks on the areas where Hamas is hiding if it means that two-thirds of the deaths from war will continue to be of women and children (theirs account for 70 percent of death so far, according to United Nations officials). Signed by 196 countries, the Geneva Conventions aim is to limit the suffering caused by war to non-combatants.  

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting troops inside Gaza on Sunday, said that he was not about to let up:  “We will continue until the end, until victory. … Nothing will stop us.” 

Israel has a right to fight for its survival and existence, but the deaths of so many innocent Palestinians should not be supported, and cannot be excused. It’s time for the United States to set limits on Netanyahu and Israel, which, if violated, will end our support for Israel in the war against Hamas.  

Michael J. Gorman


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  • wpeakes

    I cannot agree more!

    Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Report this