Is­rael not only hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS - Rose­bank

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. Al­lan Wol­man

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