Is­rael not only hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Al­lan Wol­man

IN ITS “daily com­men­tary” on Is­rael (Jan­uary 12), The Star re­ports on home de­mo­li­tions in the oc­cu­pied West Bank and Gaza last year. The re­port quotes the UN Of­fice for the Co-or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA).

A quick search of some ma­jor news sites can­not re­veal one sin­gle in­ci­dent of a home de­mo­li­tion in Gaza since the hos­til­i­ties of 2014. There cer­tainly were in the West Bank, but this story gives no rea­son for these de­mo­li­tions. The un­in­formed would nat­u­rally as­sume that such acts are done for no rea­son at all.

How­ever, OCHA lists its top sto­ries for 2016 on var­i­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues. Syria fea­tures 78 times, Su­dan 65, South Su­dan 80 and Ye­men 61.

In­ter­est­ingly Is­rael fea­tures only once. And The Star chooses to ig­nore all other hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ters in favour of one re­port about home de­mo­li­tions in re­tal­i­a­tion for ter­ror at­tacks sim­i­lar to the at­tack in Jerusalem this week, which killed four peo­ple and wounded 15. Rose­bank I’M HIGHLY dis­turbed by this on­go­ing trend of loot­ing, es­pe­cially in the town­ships.

Why is it that ev­ery time a truck loses con­trol and over­turns, peo­ple choose to loot in­stead of help­ing the driver to get med­i­cal at­ten­tion by call­ing an am­bu­lance?

Is it hunger or heart­less­ness?

Has hunger turned us into heart­less loot­ers who care for our bel­lies more than hu­man life?

How would you feel if you


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