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Israel not the aggressor in Gaza

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To read the article, "Israel strike on Gaza kills Hamas military leader" (Nov. 15), one could come away with very little understanding of what actually took place and what led up to it.

Ever since Operation Cast Lead ended four years ago, the terrorist organization Hamas has continuously attacked Southern Israel (including Baltimore's sister city Ashkelon) with heavy mortars, Qassam and Grad Rockets with a range of some 50 kilometers. Hamas is the de facto ruler in the Gaza Strip, which Israel returned to the Palestinians back in 2005.

Unfortunately, it's not until six paragraphs in that there is even a mention of Israel having been under attack. In fact, much of the mainstream press in the U.S. had not reported on the ongoing barrage from Gaza on Israeli schools, homes and markets. Now imagine if an area from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. was being bombed for months and years.

Imagine if children and parents had 20 seconds to run into a bomb shelter after the sirens went off. I imagine that would make headlines.

But it was not until showing remarkable restraint for months and years that Israel responded. And it was only then that headlines tore across the media implying that Israel was the aggressor in this action.

Abe Novick, Towson

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