I really appreciate Rob Rogers’ (Aug. 7) editorial cartoon with the caption “Why do they hate us so much?” for challenging readers to go beyond the sound-bite media discourse of blaming the Palestinians or Hamas for all that is happening in Gaza. I believe that Mr. Rogers is encouraging readers to ask questions about the popular Israel-Palestine narrative that rarely considers what the Palestinian demands might be.
If the Palestinians “hate” anything, it is the fact that they are occupied and surrounded by land, air and sea and denied the basic human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Palestinian demands are reasonable and include: lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people, establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision, increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers, internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the United Nations and some Arab nations, re-establishing an industrial zone and improving economic development in the Gaza Strip.
By resisting occupation, the Palestinians are letting the world know that they are unwilling to continue existing in a virtual prison, supported by the U.S. government and tax dollars. My hope is that Mr. Rogers, free of intimidation and threats, will continue to challenge all of us to think critically about the world in which we live and the foreign policy choices of our elected government.