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Writer decries heinous acts on both sides

The following letter by John Sanbonmatsu of Arlington is republished with his permission. It was first published in the Oct. 13 Boston Globe as a series of letters under the headline "Which war crimes?" The photo by Mahmud Hams of AFP via Getty Images shows a fireball from an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Oct. 12.  

A fireball erupted from an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Oct. 12. / Mahmud Hams photo: AFP via Getty Images

Our leaders in Washington have condemned the horrific atrocities committed against Israeli civilians. I share their outrage, and I join others in mourning the deaths of Israelis. Why, though, have our leaders failed to condemn the atrocities right now unfolding against civilians in Gaza, hourly perishing under the bombs of the Israel Defense Forces?

The double standard is agonizing to see. Israel has already dropped hundreds of bombs on Gaza.

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