Regarding Rob Rogers’ Aug. 7 cartoon, it is no secret that Gaza is, in effect, the world’s largest “open-air prison.” This accurate descriptor has been used by Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Ralph Nader, Queen Rania of Jordan and many journalists such as Rashid Khalidi, who wrote in The New Yorker: “Punishing Palestinians for existing has a long history. It was Israel’s policy before Hamas and its rudimentary rockets were Israel’s boogeyman of the moment, and before Israel turned Gaza into an open-air prison, punching bag, and weapons laboratory.”
Mr. Rogers’ cartoon shows a more cramped prison, alluding to the fact of Gaza’s population density, the sixth highest on the planet, a fact that makes it hard for any civilian to escape from the daily deprivations of Israel’s blockade and siege that restricts the importation of food, medicine, water, electricity and other necessities. Gaza’s density also makes it impossible to hide from Israel’s sophisticated weaponry that has bombarded an area of 147 square miles, killing more than 2,000 civilians this summer alone. Mr. Rogers’ cartoon is an understatement.