November 23, 2012

The Nov. 15 front-page photograph [“Israeli aircraft pound Gaza”] was as powerful an image as any published this year: A despondent young father holds his dead infant son while surrounded by his friends in a hallway of a hospital in Gaza.

The pain on his face is heart-wrenching. The caption below, however, clipped the emotion the picture conveyed by including details about the assassination of Hamas’s military chief that were unrelated to the photo.

No matter who you are or where you live or what religion you follow, everyone can identify with the horror of the violent death of a baby. Are we so on the side of Israel in this war and in this horrible constant friction with Gaza that we can’t pause for a moment and realize that a child of a fellow human being has been killed?

James Dale, Luray, Va.

The front-page photograph of a crying Palestinian was another clear example of your biased reporting on the Middle East. While the death of a child is a tragedy, it happened not out of the blue but as a result of constant rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel’s southern communities.

Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza and handed it over to the Palestinians. Instead of building a state, the Palestinians have used it as a launching pad for attacks on Israel. The Post mentioned none of that in its photo caption or in the accompanying article.

Stop portraying Palestinians as victims. If the Palestinians were engaged in building a state instead of trying to kill the citizens of their neighbor, these defensive strikes would not be happening.

Seth Shapero, Gaithersburg

Regarding Richard Cohen’s Nov. 20 op-ed column, “The callousness of Hamas”:

How does this sentence point to anything but the columnist’s bias: “Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives — including those of Palestinians — than does Hamas”? As I write, the number of killed is now 130 Palestinians to four Israelis. Where is the caring in that? Check and you’ll find that the casualties have always been similarly warped.

William H. Bailey,

Richfield, Minn.