The three Israeli students who were brutally murdered by Hamas leads me to wonder why the world is so silent ["Clashes after teen's killing," News, July 3]. Where is the outcry?

These vicious attacks on innocent citizens deserves condemnation by every civilized organization in our country, religious and otherwise, especially the United Nations.

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First lady Michelle Obama spoke out vehemently to release "our girls" in Nigeria; where is she now? Our government, together with other western countries, sends money to the Palestinian Authority, presumably for education and rebuilding. But I believe the money is used for weapons, while the children are taught to hate the United States and Israel.

We were considered the most powerful, respected country in the world, and now we are regarded as weak and ambivalent. We need a get-tough policy.

Pat King, Merrick