Re "Want electricity? Stop the rockets," Opinion, Sept. 22
Benny Morris advocates collective punishment for 1.5 million people. This isn't new; Israel has been collectively punishing Palestinians since its inception -- not for firing rockets but for living on and owning land wanted by the Jewish state.
There is a difference between what Morris advocates and terrorism; Morris targets every single innocent person in Gaza, not just a random few. Stopping the rockets could easily be achieved with a reasonable negotiated peace. The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered just such a peace, and even Hamas has made overtures in that direction. Israel has had every opportunity, but it continues to be unwilling to return land that doesn't belong to it under international law or to make any good-faith effort to rectify the ethnic cleansing on which it was founded. Morris prefers that Israel continue its crimes against humanity than make peace or promote justice.
Margery Lynn Swen
It's sad to imagine Israeli children being frightened by primitive Palestinian rockets, and horrifying to know that Palestinian children are killed every day by bombs and bullets from Israeli occupation forces. While a few Israelis are understandably fearful, 1.5 million Gaza residents are in danger of dying due to starvation or because Israel has long since cut off most access to food, water, electricity and medical necessities. As usual, another apologist tries to pass Israel off as the eternal victim. With its proud history of resistance against oppression and racism, Israel should realize that humans denied basic necessities and rights will eventually stand up and fight back.