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Hostage Release for Ceasefire Is Welcome, but Not Enough: The Genocide Against Gaza Must Stop

Palestinians inspect the ruins of Aklouk Tower destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on October 8, 2023. ‏‏CC/Wafa (Q2915969)

The pending release of 50 hostages, including 30 children, taken in a Hamas terror attack against Israel on Oct. 7 is surely very welcome news for their families, and all people of goodwill. However, there is no indication that this step will lead to an end to the horrific slaughter of thousands of Palestinian women and children, which has been ongoing since Oct. 8, supposedly in retaliation for the attack, but really to carry out a plan of ethnic cleansing against 2.3 million people living in Gaza.

According to the UN, as of Nov. 19, over 11,000 Palestinians have been killed, over 27,000 injured, and over 1.6 million people, or 70% of the population, have been displaced. Israel has cut off electricity, water, and fuel, with now small rations being allowed, leading to hundreds of deaths in beleaguered hospitals in Gaza. Given the difficulty of reporting the deaths and injuries, the actual death toll is probably significantly higher.

The efforts by President Biden and other political leaders, including my own Congressman Michael Lawler (NY-17), to justify the genocidal actions by the Israeli regime, which are in blatant violation of international law, are not fooling Americans, who want the carnage to stop.

We can remember the terrible attack on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, which took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans. Despite the warnings of then U.S. presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche against being stampeded into a series of wars by the lying news media and Bush/Cheney Adminstration, without ever investigating how such a massive security breach could possibly have occurred, the United States invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya, killing and displacing millions of people, including sacrificing the lives of thousands of American troops to fight these wars, not to mention the 30,000 soldiers who have died by suicide since 2001.

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