Educate our politicians and demand an end to the killing

To the Editor,
May 15th marked the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which means “catastrophe.”
The 1948 founding of Israel as a “Jewish State” was preceded and accompanied by a massive ethnic cleansing operation to remove as many of the Muslim and Christian inhabitants as possible.
During Israel’s “war of independence,” over 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, never to be allowed to return. Hundreds of towns were razed; villagers were massacred. Their very existence on the land was nearly wiped from history as Israel built new towns over the ruins and gave them Hebrew names.
This devastating humanitarian disaster is given almost no attention in our history books or by the mainstream news media even though it is crucial in understanding the ongoing violence in Israel-Palestine and the Middle East in general.
Palestinian refugees and their descendants living in the West Bank and Gaza continue to live under an Israeli military occupation funded by American taxpayers to the tune of $10 million a day and untold Euros that Israel still demands for reparations.
Hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails continue their mass hunger strike that began on April 17. Israeli forces continue to kill Palestinians with impunity, killing four Palestinians this month alone, including a teenage girl and a young fisherman today in Gaza.
It is imperative that we educate our politicians and demand an end to the killing of Palestinians; the destruction of their homes, and the theft of their land.

Frank Martens
Summerland, BC