Dear New Times:
The full page ad on page 4 of the January 8 New Times asks �Why does a Gazan child have to lose her life.� The clear and simple answer: because Hamas has killed her. Hamas military leader Nizar Rayan proclaimed in November 2006, �For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry in which excel the women and all the people of this land: The older people excel, the jihadists excel and the children excel. Consequently, [the Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, older people and jihadists against the Zionist bombing machine that is telling the Zionist enemy we want death just as much as you desire life.�
Israel does not wish to kill Palestinian children. Israeli�s do not wish to kill Palestinian children. Hamas picked a fight with Israel and then, like cowards, hid behind civilians so that the poor children shown in the ad would bear the horrible consequences of Hamas� actions. This is a clear violation of the international laws of warfare and armed conflict and, unfortunately, the results are grim but predictable. As a result, the only reason that Gazan children are dying today is the disgusting and cowardly way in which Hamas conducts itself.
G. CohenPhoenix, AZ