Re: your May 18 article, â€śDeadly Israeli attacks on Hamas aggravate Palestinian tensionsâ€?:
The article, caption and pictures are as misleading and biased as any I've ever seen. It isn't until the end of the third paragraph that there is mention that, "The strikes [by Israel] followed days of Hamas rocket barrages into Israelâ€? and not until the 11th paragraph some details, such as more than 50 rockets fired into the border town of Sderot, just a mile and a half from the Gaza border, over a period of just three days.
The inflammatory caption and subcaption make it appear that Israel was the aggressor rather than simply defensively attempting to protect its citizens. The Star cites as the source of the article The Associated Press, but fails to use a report from The Associated Press from Sderot indicating injuries to Israeli civilians and damage to Israeli civilian property. Under the circumstances, Israelâ€™s response was limited and targeted to Hamas military launching sites, military headquarters and personnel involved in these unprovoked rocket attacks. What nation would do less in defense of its citizens?
The Star also failed to be even-handed in its choice of photographs, publishing two from Gaza and none of the available pictures of the rocket damage to an Israeli school, synagogue and homes.
â€” Jerry Schwartz, Ventura