Friday, June 4, 2010
BEVERLY CRAWFORD, USA. Reactions to Israeli attack on flotilla.
As my heart goes out to those who have lost their dear ones I am reminded of how we must continue to work tirelessly toward creating reconciliation and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians. I believe that this means nothing less than ending the Occupation, providing a just solution for Palestinian refugees, and providing security for Israelis. And most immediately this means ending the blockade of Gaza. It is my fervent hope that the shock of Monday's tragic and senseless killings will lead to a re-evaluation of Gaza's closure and the recognition that opening Gaza will be an important step toward freeing the Palestinians from their suffering, and doing so is in Israel's vital interest.
Beverly Crawford, Professor of Political Science and Political Economy, University of california Berkeley
Co-Director of the EU Center of Excellence, UC Berkeley