Israel and Hamas: both guilty of civilian slaughter

BRATTLEBORO — Kudos to Kate Casa for calling for historical context and fair and balanced media coverage of the terrible conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas.

Both Israel and Hamas are guilty of the slaughter of innocent people. We must bear witness to all the brutality occurring in an inconceivable escalation of violence that is killing civilian victims on both sides of the conflict. It's a conflict without end, unless our fading humanity can recognize the human cost of massive aggression as a first step toward resolution.

In this terrible, tragic time we must mourn for all the victims of war and aggression, Jew and Palestinian together. We must hear their stories whether they come from Tel Aviv or Gaza. Those stories matter and enlighten us, as does the history of the conflict.

We cannot turn away from all who suffer the consequences of violence and war, or we will all be doomed to a hopeless future.

This Voices Letters from readers was submitted to The Commons.

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