The editorial cartoon published in the July 23 issue of the newspaper contained many errors and omissions.

The borders of Gaza, referred to as Salt Lake County, were fixed prior to Israel’s incursion during the Six Day War.

Barriers were erected by Egypt (which is not mentioned in the cartoon) and Israel, not to contain the civilian population, but to limit terrorist attacks by Hamas, which took over after Israel voluntary withdrew from Gaza.

Shipments of food and supplies regularly flow into Gaza. The flow of building materials has been limited by Egypt and Israel because they could be used to build weapons emplacements.

Opportunities for a better life now and into the future for the population of Gaza are hindered because Hamas uses Gaza as a base for their terrorist activities.

The cartoonist describes Hamas as follows: “Citing the 2nd amendment and their deeply religious beliefs, leaders emerge who vow to destroy the feds and restore freedom and dignity.” This hardly describes Hamas, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, and which uses the civilian population of Gaza as human shields and routinely stores weapons in homes, religious institutions and schools. United Nations’ authorities recently discovered 20 Hamas rockets hidden in a UN school.

Yale Marienhoff

Hallowell

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