Sara Roy’s Nov. 23 op-ed “Where’s our humanity for Gaza?” correctly notes that people in Gaza suffer from a variety of economic and social challenges, but then squarely blames these on Israel. This one-sided polemic is a demonstration of what makes the conflict between Israel and its neighbors so intractable.
Here is a sampling of what she did not tell you.
Israel completely withdrew from Gaza by 2006. Rather than seize this moment to build an economically successful society, Hamas transformed Gaza into a launch pad for thousands of missiles directed at Israeli civilians. It also turned the population of Gaza into human shields against any Israeli response.
Israel carefully monitors the flow of goods into Gaza and maintains a naval blockade in order to restrict the flow of weapons that would be used to kill Israelis. This being said, Gaza also has a border with Egypt, a fact that Roy ignored.
Gaza is governed by Hamas, an Islamist movement that is expressly dedicated to the destruction of Israel and has sacrificed the well-being of its people to advance this goal. Notwithstanding this painful reality, Israeli hospitals treat people from Gaza, and Israel transports massive quantities of food, water, electricity, and other essentials daily.
There is a humanity problem in Gaza. Laying the blame on Israel perpetuates a false, tragic, and ultimately self-destructive narrative.