- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 16, 2001

Your June 6 article “Hamas provides social services for poor” quotes a Hamas spokesman´s defense of murdering teen-agers, referring to “the long-lasting terror from the occupation which lasted more than 35 years up to this point now the Palestinians are trying to balance this terror by reacting against Israelis.”

Defenders of the Palestinians always refer to 35 years of occupation to justify the Palestinians´ hostility. Their misrepresentation lies in ignoring that this conflict started 80 years ago, beginning with Arab attacks against Jews in the 1920s, and has been continued by Arab instigation to the present time without interruption. Nothing fundamental in the Arab-Israeli conflict happened 35 years ago.


RICHARD COHEN

Monsey, N.Y.


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I found your June 6 article “Hamas provides social service for poor” morally offensive. What inspired you to run this vehicle of extremist Islamic Arab propaganda, which almost made Hamas´ cold-blooded tactics seem justifiable? It had not even been a week since Hamas had claimed responsibility gleefully, I might add for the horrific dismemberment of 20 innocent civilians, mostly teen-age girls. Is your justification that you are being “evenhanded”? Evil should never be mitigated or rationalized.


DAWN T. JONES

Falls Church

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