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Gaza suffers under blockade

In exposing poverty and neglect in Gaza's el-Zohor slum, Associated Press reporter Fares Akram fails to address the root cause of these desperate conditions: displacement, blockade and military occupation ("Gaza slum growth illustrates economic plight, bleak future," June 22). Conditions in Gaza did indeed worsen after 2007 as a result of a land, air, and sea blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt. Though we cannot forgive Hamas for its role in escalating the conflict, it is disingenuous to place all responsibility on this group and underemphasize occupation as the source of...