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Fire and smoke rises from burning buildings hit by an Israeli air strike in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Editor: I would like to thank the authors of recent letters encouraging peaceful dialogue, and pleading with our fellow human beings to take a dose of perspective when weighing your opinions on this crisis in Palestine and Israel.
What if it was your country that was being occupied for 50 years by your neighbour? What if it was your children or loved ones blown to pieces with only a scrap of their arm or leg left to remind you of them? Every person who died in this conflict was loved dearly by someone. Can you bring that life back with your rhetoric? You would be living a million agonies a day, just praying that someone on earth understands your pain and can look towards peaceful resolution.
The editorial cartoon featuring a box of crayons with only two crayons: one black, and one white was a perfect companion to such a narrow-minded letter. Individuals like Carol Capper should be praised for seeking the higher ground of peacekeeping —a Canadian trait if there ever was one.
The only thing that can exist in a vacuum is ashes and dust. Let’s hope that is not foreshadowing for the future of all who live in the Middle East.
In closing: “My empathy for the suffering in Gaza does not make me anti-Semitic, nor does it make me pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. It makes me human.” — David Harris-Gershon