Israel-Gaza violence and the struggle for Middle East peace | Letters

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Former Israel attorney general Michael Ben-Yair, Former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg and six other Israelis on the UN inquiry into Gaza protests, Blake Alcott on Palestinians’ calls for a one-state solution, and Alec Nacamuli on why the Gaza crossing was closed

We, Israelis committed to peace, strongly welcome the report of the UN inquiry into the horrifying killing of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza (UN says Israel may be guilty of war crimes over Gaza, 1 March). The UN report confirms that almost none of the 189 Palestinians killed and over 9,000 injured by our forces in the weekly demonstrations since last March posed any direct threat to Israel or to its citizens. Many were shot while peacefully protesting hundreds of metres away from the Gaza fence.

The 2 million inhabitants of Gaza are caged in an open-air prison, forcibly isolated from the rest of Palestinian society. These people have every right and reason to protest, yet are shot at with live ammunition when they do so.

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