Gary Rosenblatt (“False Equivalency,” July 10) correctly notes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is now partners in a unity government with Hamas, whose charter is to destroy the Jewish state and kill Jews, and currently trying to do so through hundreds of daily rocket attacks against the Israeli population.”
I want first to establish my credentials as a strong supporter of the Israel founded by the early Zionists. I grew up in a Zionist home, and as a teenager I led the junior congregation of the Conservative synagogue to which my grandparents and parents belonged. In the 1940s, while in college, I was the head of the Wisconsin chapter of IZFA, the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America. Although secular, I am and have always been a synagogue member.
I found Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “‘Revenge’ Is Not Our Way” (July 11), to be shortsighted in its analysis of the Palestinian Arabs’ situation. They are not acting solely in response to the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Their hostility to Israel is also directed, understandably, to the harsh, unjust occupation of the West Bank, and its extreme repression of the Palestinian population of the area.
Los Angeles — There is so much to read these days about the Israel-Hamas conflict. There are constant reports from Gaza and Israel, with correspondents from around the world reporting on up-to-the-minute casualty figures. My suggestion for those who seek a deeper understanding of the roots of this war is simple: study the Hamas Charter.
Amid all of the fear, frustration and anger over Israel’s need to defend itself once again from Hamas, the terror group committed to the destruction of Israel and Jews, it is important to remember that Jewish tradition teaches not only the imperative of defending one’s own but also to not lose our compassion for innocents who suffer.
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By Gabriella Kamran
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Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. She won a national contest seeking essays on the Jewish American who has made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. Gabriella won $500 and a commemorative medal. The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.