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U.S. complicit in attacks on Gaza civilians

2014-07-27T00:00:00Z 2014-07-28T09:24:07Z U.S. complicit in attacks on Gaza civilians The Billings Gazette
July 27, 2014 12:00 am

I am writing in regards to a recent piece in this publication about Israel's bombing and invasion of Gaza.

U.S. taxpayers fund 20 percent of Israel's military, providing over $3.1 billion in weapons each year, making U.S. taxpayers deeply complicit in Israel's crimes against Palestinians. The State Department and Congress could immediately end these attacks by suspending military aid to Israel and brokering a lasting ceasefire agreement and an end to Israel's illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Through the first 10 days of aerial and naval attacks, Israel had killed at least 222 Palestinians.

Human Rights Watch has called Israel's air attacks against Gaza that "have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians" violations "of the laws of war." The organization stated: "Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property. Deliberate or reckless attacks violating the laws of war are war crimes." There is no excuse for the targeting of civilians on either side.

While Hamas's indiscriminate firing of rockets is a violation of international law and to be condemned, Israel is firing U.S.-funded precision weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure. This flagrant misuse of U.S.-supplied weapons is a clear violation of U.S. laws like the Foreign Assistance Act and Arms Export Control Act.

There is no excuse for the targeting of civilians on either side.

Robert R. Miller

Billings

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