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Letter to the Editor

January 13, 2009

Media aren't reporting truth in Middle East



To the editor:

I looked with horror at the unsigned cartoon in Saturday's Herald-Mail. My horror was that of Israel, depicted as a giant, single-handedly picking up buildings in Gaza, overturning them and stepping on them.

It is interesting that this is the bias of this newspaper. This follows, naturally, with the biased media coverage of the recent events in the Middle East. It seems that we have become desensitized to suicide bombers or missiles and rockets aimed at Israeli towns and villages, the sirens giving a few seconds for its residents to run for shelter.

Never mind Israeli children being tortured with nightmares and children hiding under desks at the first noise of a rocket attack. Oh, just another rocket "plop" from Gaza, nothing much, nobody died.

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The daily threat is of being wiped off the face of the earth. Let's make a peace gesture - give Gaza to the Palestinians; let them govern themselves. They destroy the land given them and duly elect Hamas, sworn terrorists. During the six-month cease fire they rearm and regroup. They hide in urban areas using women and children as human shields.

To hear the news media, the current situation is Israel's fault. Well, it is not. To quote Benyamin Netanyahu: "If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."

One more piece of little-reported news: Right after the 111th Congress of the United States convened, on Jan. 8, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting Israel's right to defend itself from attacks from Gaza, placing the responsibility for this conflict on Hamas, and reaffirming U.S. support for Israel. This was followed by the House of Representatives a couple of days later. Did you hear or see this in the news? I didn't.

Unlike this atrocious, unsigned cartoon, support for Israel is strong. Now, if the media would report that part ...

Sybil Schiffman
Hagerstown

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