For several weeks the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP), an Oak Park based organization, has run ads putting forward its positions. On July 27, the ad read, in part, “Israel … creates ongoing airstrikes in Gaza, creating severe environmental harm to the land.” The ad says nothing about why there were airstrikes.

Over the previous 18 months, over 5,400 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, specifically into civilian areas of Israel. Previously, hundreds of incendiary balloons and kites were flown into those same areas of Israel, as well as even more rockets. In addition, there were many incidents of tire burnings on the border.

It is estimated that 20-30% of the rockets fired from Gaza landed in Gaza, causing serious harm to their own people and environment. The rockets and incendiary devices burned fields and caused environmental damage in Israel.

I have attended many public meetings sponsored by CJPIP. I have read their advertisements. Never have I come across anything that holds the Palestinians to account for any of their actions. Maybe it is time.

Alan Peres, Judith Alexander, Debra Fulscher, Ori Gottlieb, Tamar Levinson, Jim Robinson, Terrie Rymer, Phyllis Rubin, Vafa Shayani, Susan Schiff, Tim Schiff, Bradley Shorser, Ellen Shorsher, Frank Vozak, Naomi Waterbury, Barbara Yong, James Yong

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