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Amnesty views disregard the plight of Israel

I WAS not really surprised by the contribution from Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK (Write Back, March 19). After all, it is de rigueur in progressive circles to blame Israel for almost anything.

That its troops should "interfere" with attempts by Palestinian youths to murder its citizens is an obvious, serious breach of their human rights and a clear breach of international law, as they would define it. Since there is no Palestinian army, these hoodlums must be "innocent" civilians.

That they do not carry firearms and only use rocks as missiles to throw at cars to cause them to crash, with frequently fatal consequences, must make them peaceful protestors.

Also, its "illegal apartheid wall" forces them to resort to these "minor irritant" forms of resistance as a way of expressing their "frustration" by preventing them from carrying out much more effective ones, like car bombings, as is the general custom in the Middle East.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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