JEWS FOR JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS RESPOND
Ruth Leveson suggests spending a day in Sderot before making the points included in the Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) ad ( Letters, May 9). So she will be glad to know that is exactly what I did in March. I spoke with Sderot residents and with students at Sappir college where Roni Yehiye was tragically killed a few days earlier.
They expressed contempt for the ineffectual government responses. While they are mistrustful of Hamas, they are clear that it if it means an end to the barrage, talking to Hamas is a bullet worth biting. In the meantime, the burden of aggression from both Hamas and the ineffective IDF is resting heavier and heavier on residents of not just Sderot, but Ashkelon, southern Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Sara King upbraids me for misunderstanding free speech ( Letters, May 9) but she has taken aim at my concern with all the accuracy of a blind man with a pistol. My point was precisely that neither the editorial nor the news coverage examined the messages in the ad, far less held it or us to account. We would welcome such a debate. Dan Judelson, JfJfP firstname.lastname@example.org
For the record, JfJfP has almost three times as many as adherents as Sara King thinks. But who is counting? Going by recent polls our views are well represented in Israeli opinion and representative of public opinion in the wider world, more so anyway than those of many JC correspondents. Irene Bruegel, JfJfP email@example.com
I would not wish to minimise the fear and physical injury suffered by the inhabitants of Sderot, still less to justify Hamas’s rocket attacks on a civilian population. However, I suspect that Gazans would be greatly relieved if they only had to endure the same level of rocket attack as Sderot.
Israel has for years unleashed its enormously greater and more accurate fire power upon the trapped and vulnerable inhabitants of Gaza, and the toll is many times that on the Israeli side. Stephanie Krayer Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48
Ms Pine calls in aid Colonel Nir Press to protest that, contrary to my claim that sanctions and a siege are reducing the people of Gaza to starvation, it is Hamas who is to blame because they prevented the delivery of fuel supplies in April ( Letters, May 9).
As an Israeli government functionary, Col Press is no more an impartial reporter than is a Hamas official.
The impartial sources, like UNRWA, OCHA, the NGOs working in the field do not back up this statement.
In fact nowhere in the carefully balanced report of John Ging, Director of UNRWA, is there any corroboration of Ms Pine’s statements.
In essence he confirms that no fuel has been delivered since April 10, and that “the humanitarian emergency in Gaza is a shocking and shameful situation”. Diana Neslen Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex