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Letter: All populations want to live in peace

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To the editor:

Seventeen years ago, as a first year at Brown, I wrote an op-ed for The Herald responding to the vandalism and destruction of synagogues and Jewish-built greenhouses that followed the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. My op-ed was entitled "Palestinians in Gaza are not ready for peace." 

Looking at this op-ed today, I feel ashamed. It's wrong to talk about a group as a monolith like I did in that piece. And if there's one generalization that can be safely made of any population, it's that they want to live in peace. Human beings want to raise their children and celebrate milestones. They want to learn, work and gather in the safety that peace brings. I was ignorant to claim otherwise.

I would be offended if anyone wrote about my community using the language I used in that 2005 op-ed. I apologize to those who read it, and to Gazans and Palestinians in particular.

Boaz Munro ’09



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