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Hamas is not the villain

Your report "Gaza slum growth illustrates economic plight, bleak future" (June 22) could not be further from the truth in its attempt to blame Hamas for the terrible conditions suffered by Palestinians.

In fact, it is Israel's blockade and its stranglehold on the civilian population of Gaza that have turned Gaza into a "a giant prison camp," according to the International Red Cross, the Vatican, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups.

Israel has admitted that the blockade is not for security but rather as a means of committing economic...

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