Toronto, Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Letter to the Globe and Mail from Anton Kuerti
To: David Orchard
I just sent this to the Globe; they probably won't
print it, but you may use it on your website if you
The Honourable Peter Kent's [junior Minister of State
for Foreign Affairs] statement that "The position of the
government of Canada is that Hamas bears the burden of
responsibility for the deepening humanitarian tragedy"
in Gaza flies totally in the face of the facts. It is
beyond deplorable that Canada should so cravenly mimic
the position of the discredited and corrupt U.S.
administration and thus bless the outrageous massacres
being perpetrated by Israel.
The Hamas missiles are just an all too convenient
pretext for Israel's determination to destroy the
elected Hamas government. The ceasefire was first
destroyed in November when the Israeli military killed
12 Palestinians with air attacks. Israel was "assaulting
Gaza militarily, by sea and by air, all through the
ceasefire," according to the Guardian.
In the nearly three years since Hamas came to power,
Israel forces killed about 1,300 people in Gaza and the
West Bank. Between June 2007 and June 2008, Israeli
attacks killed 80 Palestinian children and young people
in Gaza and the West Bank. Even during the ceasefire,
Israel killed 22 people in Gaza.
The disparity between the U.S. F-16s, helicopters,
1000 lbs bombs and the Hamas missiles, and the 100-1
killing ratio of Israel's atrocities is utterly
dismaying. When a people has been effectively
imprisoned, occupied, isolated, humiliated, raped,
deprived of food, fuel, water and electricity, what can
one expect them to do, turn over and die? The random
missiles they sent into Israel were a desperate cry for
help and justice which the world chose to ignore.
Despicable as they were, they must be understood in that
Israel has continued to assassinate people in the
West Bank, though no rockets were fired from there, and
its bombing raids on UN schools, Danish clinics, police
recruits, government buildings, refugee camps and every
type of infrastructure are clearly war crimes. Israel's
behaviour makes me ashamed of being a Jew, and our
government's implicit endorsement of these crimes makes
me ashamed of being a Canadian.
Dr. Anton Kuerti, O.C.