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Why isn't the media accurately communicating the scale of the siege on Gaza? Shan Cretin, AFSC General Secretary, offers perspective for Americans on how the violence and death in Gaza compares in scale to a 9/11 level catastrophe. For her full op-ed statement visit http://www.afsc.org/RightToExist.

AFSC has worked in Gaza since 1949, when the United Nations asked us to provide relief in Gaza to Palestinian refugees fleeing as a result of the 1948 War. We expected that within a year these refugees would return to their homes in the newly proclaimed state of Israel. As a peace organization that had resettled refugees in Germany after the world wars, AFSC hoped to transform a relief operation into one of repatriation and reconciliation. We've continued our work to bring equality and justice for Palestinians to this day.