To the editor, New York Times
In the feature story “It Started When Israel Fired Back. NYT, Sunday, August 21, 2011” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/world/middleeast/21gaza.html it appears that the New York Times did not distinguish the moral differences between Palestinian terror and Israeli measures to defend its citizens and I wondered why this is? I particularly wondered why a sole photograph, one with an emotive image of a Palestinian child’s funeral, was pulished under the caption “Casulties on Both Sides as Israel and Gaza Trade Fire”, given you knew Israel was also burying its dead as a result of the terror attack which by the way was the cause of Israel “firing” back. In the text of the article it said “Israel blamed The Popular Resistance Committees for Thursday’s attack and killed its top commanders in an airstrike later that day, igniting cross-border exchanges after months of relative quiet under an informal cease-fire with Hamas.” It was not even mentioned who it was that “ignited” the violence. In fact according to the NY Times it did not seem to be those who carried out Thursday’s terror attack, but rather Israel for responding. Moreover the term “cross-border exchanges” implies, once again, some sort of moral equivalence between Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets and Israeli responses. I believe you should correct this view and at the very least be far more careful about reporting who and why did what. In this case the blame is so misplaced to make the story Alice in Wonderland-like. It would be nice to see a follow up illuminating the facts more clearly and accurately.