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August 11, 2014
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Letter: Roseburg letter writer found July 29 opinion page message disturbing

The truth about Israel-Hamas

I found The News-Review’s July 29 “cartoon” extremely disturbing in its distortion of the facts concerning the situation with Israel and Hamas. The first drawing depicts one rocket with “AN EYE” painted on it coming towards Israel; the second depicts Israel responding with 13 rockets coming towards Gaza, all saying “FOR AN EYE,” implying that Israel is going overboard in its response to Hamas.

The creator of this message has obviously not done his homework. Hamas fired dozens of rockets at Israel before Israel defended itself. Israel showed great restraint and offered repeated warnings to Hamas, but they refused to stop firing rockets. Israel warned 100,000 Gaza residents living near the Israeli border to leave their homes so they would not be injured or killed when Israel launched an attack.

Hamas has made heavy investments in building dozens of very long cement-reinforced tunnels used to attack Israelis, yet they show little regard for the safety of Palestinian citizens. They take advantage of them by launching missiles near schools and hospitals without warning and failing to provide bomb shelters for their citizens.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Hamas claimed responsibility for launching three long-range M-75 rockets on July 9 at Dimona, attempting to hit Israel’s nuclear reactor. This is an act of nuclear terrorism as defined by the United Nations Article 2 (1) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Israelis have previously offered to work out equitable solutions to their conflict with Hamas, but Hamas has refused to accept such compromises. The only way there is going to be a Palestinian state of peace and security is if Israel neutralizes Hamas. Israel will be destroyed if they stop defending themselves.

Kathleen LaRose

Roseburg


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