TO THE EDITOR:
In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of Palestinian “protesters,” organized by Hamas, the Palestinian militant Islamic movement, encroached on the Israeli/ Gaza border. In their attempt to infiltrate Israel they burned tires, which caused smoke screens and polluted the atmosphere. Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and fire bombs were hurled at the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers and innocent Israelis. So-called protesters were armed with knives, guns and axes. A human shield of men, women and children was formed in hopes that their injury or demise would spell a public relations victory for Hamas.
Hamas is a dictatorial terrorist organization which threatens the genocide of all Israelis. It is a cruel and brutal faction, and it rewards its people to slay Israelis. The Palestinian Authority’s Pay to Slay policy financially rewards terrorists who injure or murder a Jew. They and /or their families get paid handsomely for life.
In these recent violent demonstrations, Israel defended its people and prevented terrorists, who flew the Palestinian flags together with a swastika, from infiltrating its border. Unfortunately, numerous reports in the mainstream media are creating the impression of peaceful civilian protest. This is far from reality. Hamas is calling for a series of protests until May 15, which is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. As a lifelong Catholic, I feel that we should understand and support Israel’s need to defend itself, as a way of protecting our own Judeo-Christian heritage.
Beverly Brozinski, Board Member, Rhode Island Coalition for Israel, Wakefield