The civilians' deaths in Gaza fault of Hamas

The true murderer of Gaza citizens is their own government, Hamas:

  • Hamas initiated the rocket attacks on innocent Israelis, to which Israel had to respond to defend its own people.

  • Hamas sited missile launchers and weapons caches near (and even in) schools and hospitals, apartment buildings and U.N. shelters, making civilian casualties inevitable.

  • Hamas rockets come without warning, while Israel actually warns residents of targeted areas to leave before the attacks!

  • Hamas repeatedly orders its citizens not to leave their homes after the Israeli warnings and has fired on civilians trying to evacuate.

  • Israel has spent millions building shelters and missile defense systems for its people, successfully minimizing deaths.

  • Hamas has diverted millions given to it for their people's welfare and governance into secret, concrete-lined terrorist-infiltrating tunnels.

  • Hamas, putting its people in harm's way, has exploited the inevitable human toll to gain the world's sympathy. It is a ruthless calculated sacrifice of its own citizens.

    Paul Weiss

    Livermore

    Sympathetic coverage all Hamas gets


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    I consider your quoting Hani Jamah, the Palestinian-American dentist, quite biased. With no counter-information given to your readers, it sounds as though Israel, with only 2 civilian deaths, has been inflicting savagely disproportionate carnage on the Palestinians in Gaza.

    Nowhere is it mentioned that Hamas terrorists have usually cached their assault weapons and rockets in densely populated areas (and in schools, hospitals and mosques) so in trying to destroy them, Israel must target these places.

    Also nowhere is it mentioned that Israeli government-funded shelters and Iron Dome missile defense systems have been established at huge cost to protect their civilian populace. In contrast, Hamas, the Gaza governing body, has built no shelters and provided no protection for its citizens. Its money has been spent constructing secret tunnels to infiltrate Israel with terrorist militants, and to safeguard its own officials. What a difference!

    Perhaps if you printed such balanced information, your readers would not be misled about the situation. You owe us better and more accurate reporting.

    Susan Steinberg

    Livermore

    The side that killed Gaza kids not "uncertain"

    I'm heartbroken, but grateful, to see front-page coverage ("U.N. school hit in Gaza strike," July 25). Your subheadline, though, neutralizes the rest of the story. To say " ... officials uncertain whether attack came from Israel or Hamas" is nuts. At the time you printed this story from the Washington Post (a right-wing functionary), it was well-known that the school was hit by tank shells. Hit several times in fact, even after school officials gave the Israelis their GPS coordinates and begged them not to attack until after they could evacuate the kids.

    Please don't bend your readers' opinions before an article even begins, with misleading headlines such as these. Be journalists, not stenographers.

    Mark Lewis

    Pleasanton

    Columnist Sowell a scholar and gentleman

    I'd like to propose something unheard of in your Letters to the Editor section, a defense of Thomas Sowell's ideas and musings, if the dear readers and apologists for the Great Apologizer would only take their own advice and do equal, objective research on the last six years in the White House.

    Never mind the state of our states. Never mind once-great towns and cities. Who has been in charge of these cities for decades? Whose policies and "democratic" ideologies have fueled the engines that run the machine? Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on one's perspective), there are a few of us alive with long memories who have actually studied and researched original sources, all sides of an issue and listened to both sides of the debate. Thomas Sowell is a scholar and a gentleman. Would that this country were run by such able and sober folk. Dr. Sowell has an esteemed history, raised by two parents who loved him enough to teach him how to break out of the cycle of poverty and thrive with integrity and independence. Would that those who defend failing entities (i.e. the USPS, Detroit, Chicago, et al) would do the same.

    P.S.: see the column by Maureen Dowd (a hard-core progressive) on July 4 -- she proves the point.

    Leigha Cohen

    Dublin

    Harris won't uphold law on immigration

    I want to draw the attention of those few citizens in our community who take the time to participate in the elective process (that is, those of you who vote) to the caliber of candidates you will see in the coming year.

    As the print media recently noted, State Attorney General Kamala Harris danced around her position on the Murrieta illegal immigrant issue for fear of losing points with those who believe we should throw open our borders to these federal criminals. (Yes, they are federal criminals; they have violated our sovereignty and immigration laws.) Harris is quoted in chastising those who protested against bringing those illegals into their community as noting the immigrants "are not committing crimes. They are fleeing incredible violence."

    Not committing crimes? Fleeing incredible violence? As attorney general, she should be defending you and me against this violation of our sacred state boundaries and telling them to take up the issue of their incredible national violence with their own government. Does she not understand the meaning of the word illegal?

    She has plans to run for higher office (Governor? Senator? President?). Remember her words when you see her name on the ballot. They "are not committing crimes."

    Darryl West

    Livermore

    A Third World nation is how state's now run

    Three Friday news items have convinced me California is a full-fledged banana republic, where those in power do what they want, take what they want and have no concern about the will or protection of the current or future public.

    Item Number One enumerated the Senate report detailing how Caltrans fired, demoted or transferred individuals trying to correct or expose Bay Bridge safety problems. Despite claims by Caltrans to the contrary, I wonder if the grossly overbudget and behind-schedule bridge will survive the next "big one."

    Item Number Two shows State Sen. Darrell Steinberg refusing newspaper requests to release calendar entries for two indicted and suspended state senators, Yee and Calderon. Steinberg doesn't want press, and by extension, public access to workings of elected public officials. Cockroaches don't like sunlight either, Sen. Steinberg.

    Finally, Gov. Brown, our enlightened futurist who loves 19th century technology, got an early Christmas when an appellate court ruled that California can sell bonds to finance the so-called bullet train. If built, this sop-to-organized-labor choo-choo is going to be a forever drain on California.

    William Kasten

    Livermore