Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: gaza

Jan.
3rd

ISRAEL: Nation held to a different standard

Re: “U.S. must stop supporting apartheid” (letter, 1-3).

Here are facts refuting the letter labeling Israel as “apartheid.”

There are currently 17 Arab members of Israel’s governing Knesset; a total of 49 have served over the years. Haneen Zoabi, a female member of Knesset, just won an Israeli Supreme Court decision enabling her to stand for re-election.

Zoabi, known for frequent anti-Israeli incitement and participation in the 2010 Gaza flotilla, has expressed the goal to “undermine the political and moral legitimacy” of Israel. She wouldn’t be allowed to vote let alone have a government seat in most Arab countries

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Nov.
27th

ISRAEL: Leaders should admit Hamas support, move on

Columnist Charles Krauthammer (TNT, 11-23) and several recent letter writers might ask Israeli leaders why they originally supported Hamas, granting a charter and funds to Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (they would later assassinate him).

The goal was to split support in the Palestinian community for the hated Palestinian Liberation Organization. Lines hardened on both sides, and Hamas became more militant during the first intifada, but Israel still found it useful as a non-PLO force and as a means of infiltrating the Palestinian community, even after the Oslo Accords.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has admitted Israel’s complicity with Hamas and has

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Nov.
26th

ISRAEL: The entire story is not being told

Recent opinions on this page illustrate how little is known about what is actually going on in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories – including Gaza, which remained occupied even after Israel removed its illegal settlers and the troops protecting them. Israel still controls Gaza’s borders, so under international law, Israel still occupies Gaza.

There’s ample reporting in corporate media about Palestinian rockets and what Israel calls “retaliation,” but there is little mention of longstanding Israeli violence and injustice against Palestinians. For such news, one must rely on other sources, including human rights websites like B’Tselem – The Israeli Center

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Nov.
23rd

ISRAEL: Robinson takes distorted view of conflict

Re: “Same sad story – but with frightening stakes” (Eugene Robinson column, 11-20).

Robinson writes: “A disputed border incident provides a spark. Israel reacts with sudden force. Palestinians fire rockets at civilian targets. Israel launches reprisal attacks – first justified, then disproportionate.”

There was no spark. The reason was years-long bombardment of civilians throughout the south of Israel. No rockets, no response. The concept of “disproportionate response” is ludicrous.

The tragedy he describes – “anguished women wail at the funerals of children” – is tempered by the fact that these children live in the schools and homes that the

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Nov.
21st

ISRAEL: Palestinians need responsible leadership

I disagree with Eugene Robinson’s column, “Same sad story – but with frightening stakes.” (TNT, 11-20).

Israel no longer occupies Gaza but completely withdrew in 2005 to promote peace. Unfortunately, the current crisis is not a “flare up” that Israel is using as an excuse to assassinate Palestinian leaders. Hamas and its allies have launched approximately 12,000 rockets and mortar attacks against southern Israel for 12 years with escalated attacks the last two months. Israel is right to target the terrorist infrastructure built by Hamas.

Referring to “effective Palestinian leaders” is a curious way to describe Hamas. They have

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Nov.
20th

ISRAEL: Hamas’ goal the same as Hitler’s

Re: “Israeli strike leaves 11 dead” (TNT, 11-19).

My husband and I just returned from a two-week vacation in Israel, where both Israeli citizens and U.S. tourists have been under long-term daily rocket attack from Gaza.

This did not start or restart a week ago when the leader of Hamas was killed. I have seen the playgrounds that have colorfully painted bomb shelters as part of the playground equipment, and bomb shelters for bus stops, because the Israelis have only 15 seconds to reach shelter from the Gaza rockets. The Israeli military finally responded by taking out the leader of

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Nov.
20th

ISRAEL: TNT fell right into terrorists’ hands

Re: “Israeli strike leaves 11 dead” (TNT, 11-19).

Hamas’ tactics are brutal and criminal, yet The News Tribune chose to use this headline.

These terrorists use heavily populated areas like neighborhoods, schools and hospitals, then they themselves hide in bunkers underneath these areas to launch their missiles at populated areas in Israel. Hamas intentionally offers its own people as sacrifices so that when Israel retaliates, inept reporters and media like this newspaper print misleading headlines.

Hamas uses this tactic to gain sympathy. Congratulations, if that’s what you call it; you fell right in to the terrorists’ plots.

Nov.
20th

ISRAEL: Don’t provide one-sided coverage

Re: “Israeli strike leaves 11 dead” (TNT, 11-19).

I was shocked to see the headline. Nowhere in the front-page story was any mention of the thousands of rockets that fell in Israel in the last four years. Imagine the scenario if one rocket fell in the U.S. across our border with Canada. Would our reaction be thoughtful and measured?

The casualty numbers are much higher in Gaza because the rockets are launched from densely populated residential areas. I have never heard of bomb shelters for the Palestinian population. What do you tell children who must spend parts of every day

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