Letter: Outrageous claim on Israel, Palestinians
Re “Correction, Hamas is the aggressor” (Monitor Opinion page, Nov. 26):
Hamas in Arabic means “zeal.” As its late spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said, it’s an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement. Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s outrageous claim that the government of Ariel Sharon, who presided over the massacre of 3,500 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, wanted Gazans to exercise actual “control over their own destiny” is nonsense.
Sharon’s senior advisor Dov Weissglas, the architect of Israel’s duplicitous “disengagement” from Gaza, admitted that his plan was a ploy designed to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. Israel’s 2005 military redeployment maintained its stranglehold over Gaza.
When Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh came into office in March 2006 Hamas had already both unilaterally and together with Israel observed a cease-fire for over a year. Nafshi’s statement that as soon as Hamas assumed the reins of government it “immediately began its daily rocket attacks on Israel” is untrue. Israel later broke the truce as it’s frequently done, like the incursion which took the life of 12-year-old Abu Ahmed Dagah, sparking the latest bloodletting. The Israeli army enters Gaza with impunity. It is unquestionably the aggressor causing immense devastation.
Palestinians have no defense against Israel’s sophisticated killing machine which it unleashes against civilians as the Goldstone Report proved.
Nafshi remains silent as Israel announces ever more illegal settlement construction on Palestinian land, destroying all hope for a just and lasting peace.
JOHN S. HANCOCK