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Letters | economic aid to the Palestinians

Mideast needs political solution, not Band-aid approach

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian restaurant employees in the West Bank last month.

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Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian restaurant employees in the West Bank last month.

THE GLOBE’S editorial on John Kerry’s Palestinian investment plan was spot on (“Mideast investment plan helps, but can’t substitute for peace,” June 16). While seemingly generous and well-intentioned, the proposed plan does nothing to bring long-term stability and justice to Palestinians.

Rather, Kerry’s plan only serves to provide a false sense of normalcy and harden the status quo, which includes confiscation of Palestinian land and resources to ever-growing Israeli colonial and expansionist interests, suppression of Palestinian freedoms and rights, and the ingraining of policies of apartheid.

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Political resolution must include recognition of Palestinian loss and suffering as the indigenous people of the Holy Land, and the establishment of a long-term solution based on true equality for Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

Anything less, and Kerry’s plan will merely provide social and economic infrastructure that will serve as convenient targets for destruction by Israel’s military in the future.

Michael Maria


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