Refrain from generalization

By From page A4 | July 29, 2014

The Gaza war is really painful for many of us in United States and around the world. The loss of life, especially the innocent children, has its toll on many people, regardless of their culture, ethnic background or religion.

I saw several letters to the editor and articles to justify the position of Israel or the Palestinians in this unjust one-sided war, regardless of the same red blood spilled on both sides. I hope all those writers realize that the victims on both sides are all humans regardless of nationality, religion, color or anything else.

As for us here in U.S., it is important to reject any basis for collective punishment whether in Gaza, Chicago, London or anywhere else. It is easy to blame whole peoples and whole communities for action of a few.

I call in particular on all those critical of Israel to refrain from blaming those actions on all Jewish people as whole. I met so many Jewish people who protest the actions of Israel against the Palestinians.

Similarly, I call on anyone critical of Gaza or Hamas to refrain from blaming Muslims or Arabs as a whole. I have seen many Muslims and Arabs who condemn the killing of innocent Jewish people. The diverse culture around the world must direct us to make more effort to communicate peacefully rather than killing each other.

I pray for peace and better understanding of each other.

Hamza El-Nakhal

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