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LETTER: A complex situation

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Richard Deaton paints a skewed picture of a complex situation (Palestinians not getting help, April 20).

Non-Jewish citizens of Israel have full civil rights. Fully 20 per cent of Israel's medical students, doctors, nurses and pharmacists are non-Jews (mostly Arabs). Jews and non-Jews, whether they are Israeli citizens or not, are treated in the same hospitals.

The eastern section of Jerusalem, liberated from illegal Jordanian occupation in 1967 as Israel defended her people from intended annihilation, is home to many Arabs who have chosen not to take Israeli citizenship, out of fear that they would be branded "collaborators" should Israel's enemies succeed in their many attempts to destroy the nation-state of the Jewish people. The Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem are certainly entitled to receive medical care at Israeli hospitals.

Israel had also been providing care to Palestinians from Gaza and the land administered by the Palestinian Authority. However, the Palestinian leaders frequently failed to pay the bills for treatment of their people. And Hamas, of course, has long been diverting humanitarian aid, intended for the people's benefit, to its attacks on Israeli civilians.

Yet, despite all the vilification of Israel, she has continued to send tons of food, fuel and medicine into Gaza, only attempting to embargo materials that can be used in Hamas' aggressions. And she has supplied the Palestinians with anti-coronavirus materials.


Toby F. Block,
Atlanta, Ga.

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