I feel compelled to point out inaccuracies in the two articles written by Timothy Inklebarger in last week's Wednesday Journal. One Oak Park resident expressed the need to educate the public, yet these articles fail to paint an honest portrait of the Gaza crisis.
First, the "invasion" of Gaza didn't occur after the kidnapping and killing of the three innocent Israeli teens, despite the fact that Gazans gleefully held up three fingers, rejoicing in that senseless act of cruelty, directly linked to Hamas. Hamas attacked Israel after a Palestinian youth was murdered — which Israelis did not rejoice in, decrying the act and prosecuting the perpetrators.
It wasn't until Hamas started lofting rockets (over 3,000 now) into major population centers that Israel defended herself. Rockets are real — they are not a video game. If it hadn't been for the Iron Dome and the shelters, thousands and thousands of Israelis would be killed — because Hamas was targeting them.
If the tunnels, filled with arsenals of weapons to kill Israelis, had not been found, Israel would never have gone into Gaza. Is there any question what is intended by the tunnels burrowed into Israel? Perhaps Israel could leave them be if Hamas promises not to use them for any evil purpose. Oh wait, what other purpose could there be? What type of people continue to say that they want to destroy another people, i.e. "wipe you off the face of the earth"?!
Hamas once again has started a war, and its condition for stopping it is if Israel "opens her doors!" — as the paper said, "free Gaza." I don't know about you, but if someone just threw a bomb at your house or built a tunnel under your garden to come up and kill you, would you open your door?
Hamas wasn't willing to stop this war, so they set up standards that are impossible to meet. The real war is hiding its bombs in schools, hospitals and mosques in order to have its people killed to garner public support. Hamas explicitly said to its people not to leave when "Israel calls you, sends down pamphlets to leave, even sends down smoke bombs first" (no other army in the world does this) because you will "win this war for us" (i.e., in your death).
Hamas could not support the ceasefire because not enough people were killed to get the publicity they wanted. The signs should really say "Save Gaza from Hamas!"
My biggest question is where are the moderate/left wing Arab/Muslim voices? Why aren't they decrying the abuse of women and children, the lack of equality, the misuse of tens of millions in international funds (building terror tunnels and acquiring rockets rather than safe schools and hospitals) and the use of people as "human shields" in Gaza? No criticism? No outrage?
Could it be that all Palestinians are in complete agreement when it comes to Hamas' actions — even in this country where they have the freedom to speak out? We see Oak Park Jews criticizing Israel — it is not a perfect country — but where is the criticism of what Muslim extremists are doing all over the world?
Tamar Levinson, a longtime Oak Park resident is seeking truth and justice in the Middle East.