Letter: Justice is the key to peace in Middle East

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Sir: David Littman hopes that the kings of Morocco and Jordan will visit the Holy City of Jerusalem, so 'paving the path to peace and reconciliation' (Letters, 29 September). Such idealism ignores the roots of conflict in Palestine. The dispossession and oppression of the Palestinian people, rather than 'psychological barriers', are the cause of war and violence. Peace will grow out of justice.

The Israeli government could make a real contribution to reconciliation by recognising the right of Palestinian refugees to return. Righting the wrongs of 1948 is more important than a royal visit to Jerusalem.

Yours faithfully,

R. J. DEED

Birmingham

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