As someone deeply involved with peace and justice work for Palestine, I strongly affirm Alain Epp Weaver’s article, “Nakba Redux” (January). While rightly condemning the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas, Weaver explains the decadeslong history of Israeli oppression that led to the attack, details the horrific response by the Israel Defense Forces and exposes the severe consequences for the people of Gaza. His history of Mennonite Central Committee in the region was helpful, as well as his encouragement for Anabaptists to do everything possible to demand a cease-fire. The only solution is freedom, justice, equality and peace for all Palestinians and Israelis.
I wish Weaver would have included how the United States is complicit in the violent assault on Gaza. By funding this war with taxpayer dollars and with veto power at the United Nations, the United States is enabling this war to go on. As citizens, U.S. Anabaptists are also complicit. We need to aggressively advocate to our congressional representatives on behalf of Palestine and engage in actions, both in the streets and with participation in movements like Mennonite Action and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
Joe Roos, Altadena, Calif.