We appreciate the article on the Hamas "mastermind" Mohammed Deif, but are appalled at the misinformation included in this Washington Post article:
- It was unfair quoting the Israeli source for this ceasefire violation and their claim was untrue that Hamas has broken other ceasefires. Hamas has always been respectful of ceasefires; Hamas attacked Israelis in this recent ceasefire who appeared behind Gaza's lines in violation of the terms;*
- Hamas, backed by the Gaza population, is refusing to agree to any cessation of hostilities (although they did nothing to start them) until their Warsaw Ghetto-like siege is ended. This is not merely an "economic blockade" ; it is a siege of land, sea and air that has turned Gaza into an open-air prison without access to the necessities of life that Israel is obligated to provide as the Occupying Power. The Warsaw Ghetto lasted for 2 years; this has lasted for eight; Gazans can't live any longer under these conditions and they are ready to die rather than return to the slow deaths and the irreparable stunting of their children.
A peaceful mideast is in the interests of the Canadian public, including a just peace for Palestinians. What is happening in Gaza is not in the interest of Canadians. We need more honesty from our media and more integrity from our politicians.
*An Electronic Intifada article by Ali Abunimeh documents the breakdown of this ceasefire in some detail. Research on past ceasefires indicates that Hamas' reputation for upholding them is well-founded. Israel maintains them only as long as they serve their purposes; their media can be counted on to blame Hamas regardless of the facts.