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Israeli Aggression in the Holy Land

Askia Muhammad | 11/20/2012, 9:54 a.m.

"Like many Americans and many Jews, I grew up with a positive view of Israel as a peace-seeking democracy. Israel symbolized to me the one protection that Jews had against the type of persecution that had plagued families like mine throughout history," writes Anna Baltzer a Jewish-American Columbia University graduate, a former-Fulbright scholar, and the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees. "I saw the Jewish state as a tiny and victimized country that simply wanted to live in peace but couldn't because of its aggressive, Jew-hating Arab neighbors."

Now, after working through her feelings of disbelief and anger, she sees things differently she writes in her testament: "A Witness in Palestine."

"Families told me stories of past and present military attacks, house demolitions, land confiscation, imprisonment without trial, and torture. It seemed that these actions were not carried out for the protection of Jewish people, but rather for the creation and expansion of a Jewish state at the expense of the rights, lives, and dignity of the non-Jewish people living in the region."

And so it is with the escalating violence in Gaza. People in this country should look deeply into the conflict there and throughout the Holy Land before routinely condemning the Palestinian victims for the crimes originated against them by the Israelis who would like nothing better than a land without any non-Jews living there at all.