Where are condemnations of Hamas and demands for apologies for its atrocities?

I am writing in response to recent letters to the editor written by Alan Septoff and Kenny Braitman. Both writers accuse Israel of committing atrocities but neither one of them specify exactly what Israel did to earn such an incendiary accusation. Was it civilian Palestinian casualties? Yes, 256 Palestinian civilians were killed but that was after 11 days of intense Israeli airstrikes which often occurred after a one-hour warning to allow time to evacuate the area.

Israel’s air campaign was conducted in one of the most densely populated areas in the Mideast and the fact that casualties were held to such a minimum is a testament to Israel’s restraint.

Hamas on the other hand indiscriminately targeted Israel’s civilian population areas with over 4,000 missiles. That is an actual atrocity, according to the U.N. and numerous treaties and conventions regarding the rules of warfare and war crimes.

Also, Mr. Septoff writes, “Modern Israel was CREATED (caps in original) to right the wrongs of past atrocities.” That statement is both historically incorrect and absurd. How is it possible to right the past atrocity of the murder of 6 million Jews? No, Mr. Septoff, Israel was created to provide a safe haven for the world’s Jews, but unfortunately groups still exist who vow to drive the Jews into the sea. Hamas’ charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

Both authors demand an apology from Israel but noticeably absent from their letters is a condemnation of Hamas and a demand that Hamas apologize for their blatant atrocities.

James C. Mitchell

Keyser, W.Va.

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