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July 19, 2014
Thanks for publishing Bruce Knauff's letter on the conflict in Gaza ( "Conflict over Gaza is one-sided," July 16). As a U.S. citizen, I am ashamed of our government's one-sided response to this conflict. The message the people around the world get from the U.S. government is that we support Israel no matter how racist and brutal its government is. Mr. Knauff's letter was just a drop in the ocean of pro-Israeli media in this country, but thanks again. Hoss Parandeh - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
October 3, 2014
The recent letter writer critical of Israeli actions in Gaza ( "Israel committed war crimes during its invasion of Gaza, " Oct. 1) conveniently forgets the origins of the Gaza conflict and the effort that Israel made to reduce civilian casualties. Hamas for the last eight years has been firing rockets into Israel, traumatizing the inhabitants who seek shelter almost hourly. The situation was exacerbated by the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, admitted to by the spokesman for Hamas and claimed as a great victory.
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NEWS
March 26, 2011
The recent letter regarding violence in the Middle East ("Atrocity committed against Israeli family gets no coverage," March 25) could not be further from the truth. In fact, the pro-Israel mainstream media routinely acts as a propaganda arm for Israel, always referring to Israeli murders of Palestinians as "self-defense" while describing Palestinian murders as "terrorist acts. " When Israel invaded Gaza in 2009 and murdered 1,400 Palestinians, a majority of whom were civilians, including over 300 children, compared to 13 Israelis killed, the media called these murders justified, even though the UN Goldstone Report accused Israel of "...committing war crimes and state terrorism against the civilian population of Gaza.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
NEWS
November 22, 2012
Hamas, a terrorist organization that receives money and weapons from Iran, has lately escalated its assaults, which are intended to terrorize and kill civilians ("Israeli strike kills 11 in Gaza," Nov. 19). Palestinians have been firing dozens of rockets every day from Gaza, hitting cities and civilians. Israel finally retaliated to protect its civilians and launched retaliatory airstrikes on Hamas commanders. Article 51 of the UN charter indicates the "inherent right" of self-defense against armed attack, and I hope the Obama administration and the international community provide adequate support to Israel to defend itself.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Commentator Adil E. Shamoo's anti-Israel views are beyond ridiculous ( "Israel's unjust war," Aug. 1). Fact: Israel removed itself from Gaza a decade ago, and even tore down settlements. How is this occupation? Israel was rewarded by Palestinians importing weaponry and cement for "homicide tunnels. " Fact: Israel has engaged in peace negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but unfortunately, Mr. Abbas has no influence with Hamas. Fact: Hamas places no value on the lives of its own citizens, since it launches rockets from heavily populated areas of Gaza.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
How nice to learn that thanks to its "Iron Dome" air defense system, Israel has been spared civilian deaths and all but "minimal damage" by Hamas rockets ("'Iron Dome' worth the aid," July 22). Also heartwarming is the information that since 2011, with both American parties rallying around Israel, our Congress has approved $700 million to bolster that nation's defense shield. The icing on the cake, as commentator Robert Pines points out, is that our investment has paid off in another way: Much of the U.S. money going toward Israel's defense will now come back to this country because Israel has agreed to let American firms manufacture the Israeli Dome.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | November 24, 2012
In the film "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray wakes up each morning and relives the previous day. A similar scenario is playing out in the Middle East between Israel and her enemies. The deadly "movie" always goes like this: Israel is shelled or attacked by terrorists groups, often called "militants" by the media, each one with the same goal: Israel's elimination. After demonstrating considerable restraint of the kind that would never be tolerated by any other nation, Israel fires back.
NEWS
June 7, 2010
Thank you for publishing the lucid, information-rich op-ed piece by Laila El-Haddad ("Israeli brutality on land and at sea," June 3). Ms. El-Haddad has pointed out the arbitrary nature of the restrictions that Israel imposes upon 1.6 million Gazans. No wheelchairs or paper or children's books. Also, no coriander or house plants. These, and many more banned items, are Israel's means of inflicting collective punishment, a violation of the Geneva Convention. A related topic is the significance of the natural gas reserves that have been discovered off the coast of Gaza and the business negotiations connected with this discovery.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
Letter writer Irwin E. Weiss could not be further from the truth when he refers to Israel's recent invasion of Gaza as its "recent war of defense" ("Compare and contrast: Israel in Gaza, U.S. in Syria," Sept. 25). In fact, it was Israel that purposefully initiated the violence against Hamas in order to prevent a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas from taking place. Israel carried out bombing raids, a military incursion, 17 killings and mass arrests - all before Hamas fired a single rocket.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
Pro-Palestinian activists in many countries recently have been actively protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza. They burn Israeli flags, throw stones at synagogues, call for academic boycotts of Israel's universities and shout "death to Israel and Jews" ( "Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza," Aug. 11). How about a demand for Hamas to stop launching thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians since 2005, the year when Israel left Gaza?
NEWS
August 12, 2014
In "Israel's costly victory" (Aug. 8), Caroline Poplin writes that "to prevent resumption of the rockets, Israel is going to have to make concessions to Hamas. " What Ms. Poplin doesn't see is that making concessions with evil never works. England tried that with Nazi Germany, giving up Czechoslovakia in exchange for peace. It didn't work. Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, and that led to the second Intifada. When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, it led to thousands of rockets being fired at them over the past nine years.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
As someone who protested the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I read with sadness your report on the Maryland National Guard's scheduled departure for that country ( "Md. National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan," Aug. 6). The money wasted in Afghanistan on military madness could have been used in Baltimore and other cities to keep open recreation centers and fire stations and to protect the pension funds of government workers. I sincerely hope the members of the Guard return safely, unlike what happened to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
I am a Jewish American and a lifelong and committed Zionist who wholeheartedly agrees with Caroline Poplin's recent commentary ( "A costly victory for Israel," Aug. 7). However, it requires some minor corrections. First, most Middle Eastern observers agree that returning to the Israel's original pre-1967 borders cannot work. It leaves Israel with indefensible borders in the event of a future conflict and excludes some large adjacent, long-standing legal settlements. The solution is to return to the pre-1967 borders with mutually agreed adjustments.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
We read of Israel describing another "terror attack" against its citizens, but why do Americans conclude that Israel itself doesn't practice terror? Because Israeli military spokesmen say it doesn't? ("Digger rams Jerusalem Bus," August 4). Contrary evidence again piles up in Gaza's dead, leaving aside the 2009 majority conclusions of jurist Richard Goldstone's report that charged Israel with deliberate attacks on civilians during the Jewish state's last foray into Gaza. It is timely as well for Americans to recall President Ronald Reagan denouncing Israel's bombing and shelling of West Beirut in 1982 as "a holocaust.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
The opposing views on the Gaza conflict offered by two recent commentators compel me to respond to some important facts left out of the discussion by those sympathetic to Hamas ( "Israel's unjust war," July 31, and "Hamas' unjust war," Aug. 1). First, to compare the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine that killed all aboard to Israel's Iron Dome air defense system that has protected Jewish civilians from Hamas' missiles is ridiculous. There would not be one Arab civilian killed if Hamas stopped launching missiles and putting its people in harm's way by agreeing to make peace and accept Israel's right to exist.
NEWS
By Zainab Chaudry | November 19, 2012
The ultimate freedom is to live free from fear. A friend, a Palestinian refugee, once laughed. "You? You are American. You don't know the meaning of real fear. " I remained silent. In the context she described, having lived in Gaza for 17 years of her life, my friend was right. Perhaps real fear can be exemplified by intimidation and oppression; a lack of control over self-circumstance that obliterates all sense of autonomy and catapults victims into a prolonged state of dependency and helplessness.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
I can't remember the last time real-life events recontextualized a work of fiction for me the way Israel's incursion into Gaza has done with "The Honorable Woman" this month. When I first started watching the BBC-made mini-series that starts at 10 p.m. Thursday on the Sundance Channel, I liked almost everything about it -- except Maggie Gyllenhaal. And that was a big problem, because she is the star, playing an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman, Nessa Stein, heavily involved in Middle East philanthropy and politics.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
Commentator Adil E. Shamoo's anti-Israel views are beyond ridiculous ( "Israel's unjust war," Aug. 1). Fact: Israel removed itself from Gaza a decade ago, and even tore down settlements. How is this occupation? Israel was rewarded by Palestinians importing weaponry and cement for "homicide tunnels. " Fact: Israel has engaged in peace negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but unfortunately, Mr. Abbas has no influence with Hamas. Fact: Hamas places no value on the lives of its own citizens, since it launches rockets from heavily populated areas of Gaza.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
A brutal war rages in Israel, though by many accounts outside of a partial Western press, appears to be a brutal and merciless one-sided affair. Thus, after perusing the dissonant headline "Israel issues brief truce" (Aug. 4), I was taken aback, pondering just how one-sided this battle and its pursuant reportage may be. After all, truces are not unilateral, "issued" as if by decree from a single party, though a cease-fire may be. By definition, a truce is an agreement between two factions.
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