Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Hamas

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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Nov.
19th

ISRAEL: Media unfairly cover Mideast conflict

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

I was extremely disappointed and angry that the headline was about Israel hitting the Gaza Strip, and the casualties there. What about all the rockets Hamas fired from the Gaza Strip that hit and killed civilians in Israel? Where is the headline on them, and their purpose – to destroy Israel ?

I’m so tired of media bias against Israel. Please cover what Israel is going through, too.

 

Aug.
4th

ISRAEL: No side has a moral right to violence

Both letters on Israel and Palestine oversimplify their arguments (TNT, 8-4).

One writer, who holds Israel to “higher standards,” violates a fundamental principle of human society: reciprocity. When Hamas or Hezbollah chooses to rocket Israeli civilians, reciprocity justifies violence against their citizens. When Israel applies violence to Palestinian citizens, it has justified violence against its own.

No side has a moral right to violence without entailing an equal right to respond with violence. “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Each side writes compelling narratives to justify their violence. Before 1967, Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and

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June
7th

GAZA: Much criticism of blockade hypocritical

For governments, NGOs and media to condemn any state for demanding the right to inspect shipments bound for an enemy state is the height of hypocrisy. Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of Israel and has done all it can to realize that goal. The flotilla recently moved to Ashdod is one more example.

To follow Turkey’s lead in defining human rights – ask the Kurds, Cypriots, Greeks, Armenians – shatters common sense.
To claim the purpose was humanitarian relief – and then manning the ships with armed terrorists – and claiming their peaceful intentions, is a lie.

Before

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June
7th

GAZA: Remember Israel’s blockade runner?

I seem to remember that in July 1947, a ship purchased and captained by the Haganah, a Jewish underground unit opposing the British Mandate, attempted to land on the coast of Palestine with 4,515 Jewish refugees from Europe. The British Navy boarded the ship in international waters and towed it to Haifa. The passengers were eventually returned to Europe.

The ship was the Exodus, hailed by Americans for the heroic exploit which would be detailed a few years later in a blockbuster novel, followed by a film which has become a classic.

There were terrorists in those years as well:

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