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Overlooking the facts

Dear Editor:

In her defense of Hamas, Cathleen Krahe (letters, Jan. 10) overlooks many facts.

In 2005 Israel left Gaza for good, uprooting 8,000 Jewish farmers. The Jews left behind state-of-the-art greenhouses so the Gazans could grow fruits, vegetables and flowers for export and for their own use, thereby giving their economy a jump-start.

Israel retained control of the borders because, in addition to their daily bombings of Israeli civilian centers, Gazan terror groups are also prone to the murderous act of homicide bombing. Fruits, vegetables, and people without bomb belts were able to get through checkpoints.

Upon receipt of this outright gift, the Palestinians began to loot and destroy the greenhouses and build smuggling tunnels below. Krahe forgot to mention that one of the most frequent commodities smuggled in was weapons. Immediately terror gangs began firing Qassam rockets into southern Israeli towns, mainly Sderot. Ten thousand rockets have fallen on Israel from the day she pulled out of Gaza.

I ask Ms. Krahe the question that has been on my mind for awhile now: If a million Muslims can live freely as citizens in Israel, why can’t 8,000 Jews live safely in Gaza or 250,000 Jews live in the West Bank? And why is she not criticizing Muslims for racist ethnic cleansing, or for using their own children as human shields?

Anita Rosenfield

Sedona, Ariz.

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