Pro-Palestinian activists in many countries recently have been actively protesting Israel's military operations in Gaza. They burn Israeli flags, throw stones at synagogues, call for academic boycotts of Israel's universities and shout "death to Israel and Jews" ("Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza," Aug. 11).

How about a demand for Hamas to stop launching thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians since 2005, the year when Israel left Gaza?

Not surprisingly, the activists do not question why Hamas abuses billions of dollars from various international humanitarian funds. This money, controlled by Hamas is used to buy weapons and build tunnels for the purpose of terrorist attacks instead of investing in improving Palestinians' lives.

The activists' real agenda is not helping the Palestinian people but rather preventing Israel from defending itself.

I haven't seen the activists criticize Hamas for using children and women as human shields to protect militants. They ignore the fact that Hamas offers free summer camps to train children to become suicide bombers and martyrs.

Nor have there been any rallies on the streets against the lack of democracy in Gaza and other Arab countries, or the wide-spread abuse of women, gays and child labor in most Muslim states.

Hamas refused to honor all previous agreements with Israel and today refuses to sign a peace agreement that calls for an end to the conflict. Yet incredibly, the well funded pro-Palestinian propaganda machine holds Israel solely responsible for prolonging the war.

Unfortunately, the source of these activists' hatred against Israel is not just lack of education but in religiously and culturally rooted anti-Semitism.

Ziva Giliya, Baltimore

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