Grieving the death of Shireen Abu Aqleh | Letter

Shernaz Choksi responds to an opinion piece on the Palestinian-American journalist who was killed during an Israeli raid on a refugee camp

I was sad to read the piece by Jalal Abukhater on the killing and funeral of Shireen Abu Aqleh (As we grieved for Shireen Abu Aqleh, Israeli police attacked us. They have no shame, 13 May). But I was glad that the Guardian had published this piece. For years the voices of supporters and sympathisers of Palestinians seem to have been muzzled in the US, in my own country, Canada, and in the UK. Our voices have been silenced because we know that any criticism of the Israeli government or of the Israeli military forces will be interpreted, or rather misinterpreted, as being antisemitic.

It is time that those who value human rights (I include government spokespeople here) speak up against the violation of human rights that occurs across the world and not just against the chosen few.
Shernaz Choksi
Montreal, Canada

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