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Letter: Stand with Israel

By Tamir Bresler, Washougal
Published: May 18, 2024, 6:00am

On Dec. 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as “a date which will live in infamy.” No less will Oct. 7, 2023, when terrorist organization Hamas launched a surprise attack against Israel. Unprecedented in its magnitude and horror, nearly 1,200 Israelis were raped, tortured, murdered, and 252 Israelis were kidnapped into Gaza. What has followed is a long war to return these hostages and eradicate the genocidal Hamas.

On May 3, The Columbian published an article about the activities of pro-Palestinian students at Washington State University Vancouver, seeking to divest WSUV from Israel. I am a graduate of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and part of the WSUV clinical campus. I am a Jewish alumnus, and an Israeli-American alumnus. I reject the calls of these student protesters.

Hamas chooses to conduct battle using human shields, leading to unmeasurable suffering among the Palestinian people. Israel stands as a shining beacon of Western liberalism and democracy in the Middle East. Let us stand by Israel, and stand against antisemitism and hate.

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