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January 1, 1997

Stab Wounds Associated With Terrorist Activities in Israel

Author Affiliations

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund Kent, Ohio

JAMA. 1997;277(1):21. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540250029020

To the Editor.  —The article by Dr Hanoch and colleagues1 went beyond mere medical issues into politics. As one who locates medical care for injured children in Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, I can say that this article was both unfair and inaccurate. After all, what is "terrorism"? Attacking an armed soldier on patrol in a village under military occupation is both legal under international law and a method used by our forefathers in our liberation struggle. I hate violence, but hate even more the oppressive systems that force people to take up arms for freedom.In addition to the jaded manner in which you allowed the struggle for national and political rights to be categorized in Palestine, there is also a question of balance. Between 1987 and 1994, more than 90 000 Palestinian civilians were injured by gunfire, beatings, or bombings in the West Bank and