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Silence on Gaza slaughter deafening

Published:Thursday | July 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM


THE EDITOR, Sir:

In the early '70s, the People's National Party government, led by the late Michael Manley, put Jamaica in the forefront of the fight against apartheid. So strident was our opposition, that one of Nelson Mandela's first foreign visits upon release from prison was to Jamaica.

Since 1947, millions of Palestinians have been driven off their land, and from their homes, and forced to live in refugee camps throughout the Middle East, in order to facilitate the formation of the state of Israel

Those remaining in the occupied territories, of the West Bank and Gaza, less than 10 per cent of the land that they occupied prior to 1947, have been, and continue to be, subjected to a form of apartheid that is far worse than anything that was ever practised in South Africa.

The present slaughter taking place in Gaza, ostensibly to destroy tunnels which are too deep to be affected by aerial bombardment, is reminiscent of some sort of final solution.

I am surprised that the present Government, given its antecedents, has not seen it necessary to say even one word on this situation.

Over to you, Mr Nicholson.

ROBERT FORBES

rfandassoc@gmail.com

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