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Opinion piece misrepresented situation in Gaza

I refer to Khun Pornpimol Kanchanalak's article "Gaza Carnage - the "Living Cartoon of the war in the Middle East", published on July 24:

If Khun Pompimol has heard of Pontius Pilate, she will know that he asked the famous question "What is Truth?" (John 18:38).

In order to establish the truth of the current war in Gaza one must examine both the causes and the effects. Unfortunately Khun Pornpimol details only the effects and ignores the causes completely. She totally misrepresents the facts, resulting in an article that is biased, unreliable and totally misleading. Her article certainly does not represent the truth.

The fact is that since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, uprooting tens of thousands of Israeli citizens and leaving the Gaza Strip "Judenrein", Hamas and other terrorist organisations in Gaza (funded by Iran) have been showering rockets on Israel on a non-stop daily basis and building up the Hamas infrastructure both above and below ground in order to prepare for this war.

The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Islamic state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas' 'raison d'etre' is to kill all Zionists (Israelis) and Jews. To this end Hamas smuggles sophisticated armaments into the Gaza Strip, including long-distance rockets, to ensure the capability of destroying all the population centres of Israel, through a network of tunnels and underground fortifications built specifically to attack and infiltrate Israel. Hamas stores its armaments in this underground network as well as in hospitals, schools, mosques and private houses, thus using the civilian population of Gaza as human shields.

Khun Pompimol's misrepresentation of the facts does not serve the readers of The Nation well. By publishing this biased and unreliable article, you are tarnished by the same brush.

Lord of Ballinaboy

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