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As a 17-year-old, I depend on the Post-Gazette to provide me with an unbiased account of what is happening in the world. When I opened up the front page Nov. 15 and saw the headline "Israel Launches Assault on Gaza," I realized just how biased the Post-Gazette is against the state of Israel. I have dozens of friends in Israel from my stay there this summer, with whom I correspond daily.
I have talked with one of my best friends, Dani, from Be'Er Sheva' (located 26 miles east of Gaza). As we have messaged, talked and Skyped, he has shared his experiences with me. More than 100 rockets had been launched into Israeli cities, including Be'Er Sheva'. Dani had spent the last 36 hours in a "safe room" or shelter in their house, leaving only to go to the bathroom and kitchen. He recounted to me that a rocket had hit a home in his city, blowing up the house. Your front-page article paints Israel as the aggressor and fails to explain that Israel was defending its own citizens from rocket attack.
In addition, when the article mentions that the Israeli Defense League killed the leader of Hamas, Ahmed al-Jabari, it does not mention that he was in charge of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was imprisoned for more than five years starting when he was only 19 years old.
Many people who rely on the Post-Gazette will get a tainted view of the reality in the Middle East. At this time, it is essential that as many Americans as possible know the truth about the Israeli conflict, not the partial side presented in this article.
First Published November 23, 2012 12:00 am