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Letter: Gaza not 'taken' from Palestinians

An armored personnel carrier sits on a trailer

An armored personnel carrier sits on a trailer waiting to be unloaded at a new deployment position near the Israel-Gaza border on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / David Buimovitch

A recent letter writer said in regard to the people in Palestine, "Their land and their freedom have been, and continue to be, taken from them" ["Protesting killings in Palestine," Letters, Aug. 8].

Gaza was given back to the Palestinians after Israel won it during a war started by the Palestinians.

The people there did not have their freedom taken from them, but certain sanctions, such as the blockade imposed by both the United States and Egypt, have been put in place to stop the smuggling of weapons.

Lyn Mendelsohn, Oceanside