Joel Goodman’s recent letter to the editor (“In rebuttal: Joel Goodman: Gilbert wrong about apartheid in Israel,” May 30) supporting Israel’s war crimes against unarmed Palestinians, including women and children, is full of misinformation, disinformation and hyperbole.

The recent violence, in which 227 Palestinians, including 64 children died (while 12 Israelis died), was not started by Hamas, but by “settlers,” many from the U.S., who violated a shrine sacred to Palestinians, Christians and Jews.

When Palestinians nonviolently protested, the world’s “most moral” army, the Israeli Defense Forces, violently and cowardly cracked down on the Palestinians. The U.S. and its residents, individual and corporate, that support of this violence against Palestinians, should take a look in the mirror.

We send $3.8 billion every year to Israel, a county with a higher per capita income than the U.S., thanks to the powerful Israel lobby, dominating both sides of the political aisle. I oppose my hard-earned tax dollars being used for these brutal and unacceptable war crimes against Palestinians.

But a recent Human Rights Watch report, joined by many U.S. media sources, calling out Israel’s apartheid and war crimes, shows the times may be changing.

David Plimpton, Cape Elizabeth

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