Re "Letters" (Forum, August 3): The letter writers who claim that Israel is only defending itself against rockets indiscriminately fired by Hamas, fail to provide any context for the Hamas attacks. Israel has occupied Palestinian territory for decades, imposed an economic blockade on Gaza that has led to untold misery and suffering, destroyed the homes of Gaza residents that the Israeli government claims are owned by terrorists, has violated UN resolutions by continuing a policy of expansion into Palestinian lands via settlement construction and has been guilty of untold numbers of other human rights violations.
As the occupier of Palestinian lands, Israel cannot claim to be defending itself. If a person fights back against the attacks of a bully, can the bully legitimately claim to be defending itself?
-- Robert Perrone, Sacramento