Rob Rogers' cartoon on Israel and Hamas misleads his readers

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The July 22 Rob Rogers cartoon, suggesting an equivalence between the devolved Hamas practice of using its people as human shields with Israel’s attacking terrorists, is grossly misleading to your readers.

First of all, Israel has extended itself to alert civilians beforehand that they are in a targeted area, and to leave. No other military in the world does this.

The cartoon implies that civilians are required to stand in place and to absorb Israeli shelling. What your paper fails to mention, in cartoon or editorial, is that Hamas implores its people to serve as human shields, rather than to run.

More telling of Hamas’ moral and personal cowardice is how they are using their extensive tunnel network. While there is a veritable city of tunnels built with Western aid, these are not made available to Palestinian civilians; rather, the terrorists use them as shields while non-combatants are exposed.

These undisputed and well-documented facts are missing from Post-Gazette coverage, editorial page submissions and cartoons, and demonstrate an active misleading of your readership. I appeal to your sense of responsibility to avoid falling into the clutches of propagandists.

Cyril Wecht
Squirrel Hill

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