I am writing this with a painful sadness about what is happening in front of our eyes to the desperate 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.
For a quite some time the majority there have lived below the poverty line.
The only lifeline has been the help they receive through the borders, especially from the United Nations.
Now this lifeline has been shut down by the Israeli authorities.
To punish 1.5 million people for the action of few will only increase the numbers of those few.
And it is morally wrong, if there is still a place for talk about morality.
Every year we all repeatedly say that we will never allow another holocaust to happen.
The problem with this phrase is that it means never again should another holocaust of the same nature as that of World War Two be allowed to happen.
Well, another holocaust is happening right now in front of our eyes.
But this new holocaust is in different circumstances and has different victims.
This time the victims are Palestinians.
When are we going to say "no" to any form, colour or shape of holocaust?
DR MAMOUN MOBAYED
CHAIRMAN OF NORTHERN IRELAND MUSLIM FAMILY ASSOCIATION
THE latest horror inflicted by the state of Israel on the innocent people of Gaza is yet another shameful chapter in its short history since that part of Palestine was handed over to it by the UN in 1948.
To say it is a tyrannical entity is not an exaggeration. But we must not say it out loud in case we are accused of being anti-Semitic and "holocaust deniers".
Very convenient. Adept as Israelis are at terrorising the women and children in the occupied territories with the jackboot heel of their security forces, the downtrodden Palestinians, who are also Semites, must have taken hope when the previously "invincible" army of Israel was soundly beaten and routed in Lebanon by the army of Hezbollah.
The UN, despite its monstrous mistakes over the decades, has for some time been saying the Palestinians are the most oppressed race on Earth. So why are they not doing more to help them?
BANTRY, CO CORK