November 21, 2014
Ms. Janet Brady
Associate Director, Donor Services
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East Suite 400
Fairfield, CT 06825
Re: Val Howard, Donor ID: XXXXXX
Dear Ms. Brady,
Val and I are in receipt of your note of November 10th. We have given a lot of thought to Save the Children since the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began sending rockets into Israel. Both of us at times fail to understand Israeli policies, particularly in Jerusalem and the West Bank. We often find the issues throughout the Middle East difficult to reconcile with modern morality.
But we were appalled by Save the Children’s statements:
We demand a lasting ceasefire for children in #Gaza and #Israel. We don’t choose sides. We #ChooseChildren.
We have carefully reviewed your website and watched your video. We can not give money to an organization that would make a relative comparison between Israel and Hamas.
The facts in Gaza are clear. Hamas breached a ceasefire and began firing thousands of rockets into Israel. It rebuffed multiple warnings that Israel intended to act in self-defense as recognized in the United Nations charter. Israel as a recognized member of the United Nations exercised its right to self-defense. I am not sure we in the United States or Great Britain are in a position to pass judgement on whether that action was somehow disproportionate. The bombing seems entirely consistent with the level of collateral casualties our countries inflicted in an effort to protect our citizens in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.
But at any moment Hamas could have halted that collateral damage. They could have halted the killing and wounding of Gaza’s children. But they chose to reject multiple ceasefires and to continue firing rockets and sending suicide teams into Israel. They did this because they believe as stated in their charter in killing every last Jew, including children, in Israel.
Those are the facts.
What you should have done is unambiguously call upon Hamas to stop the root cause of the violence – the rocket attacks. But I am sure because you want to serve the children of Gaza, you chose to knuckle under and engage in this despicable moral relativism.
There is good and evil in the world. You chose to say there is not. We cannot support an organization whose moral judgement differs so much from our own.
Please accept this letter as final notice that we are terminating our twenty year relationship with Save the Children and remove us from your mailing lists.
Very truly yours,
John and Val Howard