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Israel paints killing 17 unarmed protesters in Gaza as a battle against militants; not true.

Israel’s B'Tselem says: "Shooting at unarmed demonstrators is illegal. Armed soldiers and unarmed demonstrators are not 'at war.' The illegal open fire regulations are the reason for the number of dead and injured."

Bernie Sanders, who’s Jewish, said: "… tens and tens of thousands of people (30,000) are engaged in a nonviolent protest. Israel overreacted on that."

Palestinians want to return home; refugee areas of Gaza are named for residents’ pre-1948 villages — hence the Great March of Return, continuing till May 15, Nakba day.

Listen to the longing of Palestinians: Eighteen-year-old Mahmoud Younis said he had come to show the world that Gazans “deserve to live. No one looks at us, no one thinks about us; we will continue to camp here and come daily until someone looks at us and there is a solution to this miserable reality.”

Fatima Nasser, 65, had come with her seven children. “To die with dignity is better than living a life full of humiliation," she said. “Israel kills us anyway, whether it’s by shooting or blockade.”

The blockade created 44 percent unemployment, 69 percent among those under 29. It leaves 97 percent of water unfit for consumption; 45 percent of medicines and 28 percent of medical equipment are unavailable; 50 percent of children need counseling.

People are trapped and desperate in Gaza; they’ve lost hope for a decent life of freedom and equal rights. Why else would 30,000 people risk death by Israeli fire, protesting their miserable existence?

June Forsyth Kenagy

Albany

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