Editor, Index-Tribune:

The collective punishment against the Palestinian people in response to the tragic killing of the three Israeli boys has to stop. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” Martin Luther King Jr. warned us.

The killing of six Palestinians, the arrest of hundreds more and the brutal beating of an American teenager visiting his Palestinian relatives, is senseless, immoral, illegal and will do nothing to bring back the three Israeli teenagers.

As a Jew, as a citizen of a country that sends more than $3 billion in aid each year to Israel, as a mother and as a member of the human race, I cannot stand by and watch this continue. If you can’t take it anymore, either, I urge you to call the White House and your elected officials in Washington. Tell them to withhold aid to Israel until its government demands an end to this mass revenge.

Lois Pearlman