Letter: Israel in violation of Geneva Convention

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The Independent Online
Sir: When, in 1948, the Soviet Union declared a land blockade on West Berlin, the Western Allies lost no time in mounting the historic airlift to help several million beleaguered Berliners. Now that Israel and Lebanon - what an unholy alliance - have decided to blockade a strip of land in southern Lebanon, could not the International Red Cross use a couple of helicopters based on Cyprus to fly much-needed supplies to the more than 400 displaced persons stranded in no man's land?

I do not think that the Israeli and Lebanese governments could be so arrogant, so stupid, so inhuman as to shoot down unarmed helicopters on mercy missions.

Yours faithfully,


University of Oxford


28 December