Thank you for printing Scott Canon’s story of Yaser Wishah (8/4, A-1, “Native Palestinian can’t escape stigma; Visiting the Gaza Strip, Yaser Wishah endured a lengthy ordeal as he tried to return home to Olathe”).
For years I have admired the strength and endurance of Palestinians living or visiting the Gaza Strip. I find heartrending that Israel not only blocks entries and exits but controls their fuel, their food, their electricity and uses collective punishment to respond to the actions of a few. I often wonder how I would respond to such living conditions.
It is way past time for the United States to stop supporting such punitive actions by the Israeli government.
Thank you for Wishah’s story. It goes to prove that we don’t have to buy into the vitriol that often accompanies stories of this sort. The real point is that fear has been used to justify the systematic denial of our rights to American citizens.
Yes, we must be vigilant, but we should also get to know the people next door, even if they are different. We should remember that Israelis and Palestinians are human beings, and there is injustice on both sides that must be stopped. I applaud The Star for its coverage.
There are two sides to every story. Thank you to The Star for illustrating the frustration Yaser Wishah was forced to endure. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza endure these hardships and worse daily.
Israel will not be secure without agreeing to a just, viable, two-state solution. Our government should help both sides achieve this goal.
We U.S. citizens need to be better informed. Balanced media coverage accurately portraying life in Israel and in Palestine is essential.