Palestinians in Gaza
The inability to make progress in resolving the conflict in the Holy Land is reflected in recent letter exchanges in The Star. We have Rabbi Scott White (2/4, Letters) replying to Andrea Whitmore (1/30, Letters) by misstating her simple analogy.
Ms. Whitmore was noting the resemblance of the situations and actions of Palestinian refugees escaping Gaza with that of the children of Israel at the time of the Exodus from Egypt. Rabbi White understands her as comparing Hamas and the Hebrews. I’m wondering if this is unintentional or a purposeful misrepresentation.
Further, Rabbi White mentions the Hebrews’ population increase. He might consider the tendency of a people repressed and impoverished to have a much higher birth rate. It is also operative in this instance. The worse the living conditions of refugees disinherited and expelled from their ancestral homes in the state of Israel, the higher their numbers become.
If all the residents of the Gaza Strip deserve to be punished because of the Qassam rockets, then perhaps all Israelis deserve to be punished because of the illegal occupation of Palestine.