In a recent statement, American president Barack Obama said Israel has the right to defend itself, but said nothing about the rights of Palestinians to defend themselves. He called on Hamas to immediately release a captive Israeli soldier, but said nothing about the more than 5,200 Palestinians being held captive by Israel.
Obama did mention the economic blockade that Israel has subjected Gaza to for the past seven years, Israel’s brutal military occupation that has left Palestinians without basic human rights for over 47 years, and Israel’s land theft and ethnic cleansing. In the next breath, the president announced new sanctions against Russian companies and institutions because of Russia’s ‘continued provocations’ in undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The irony is glaring. President Obama should impose sanctions on Israel until it complies with international law!
Abdul Carym, Online reader