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Claudia Lefko: AP story on Gaza did not deserve to be on Gazette’s front page

In this Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 photo,  Ahmad Baraka, 25, a Palestinian worker at Al Awda snack food factory extinguishes a fire at the factory in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. The factory's owner, Mohammed al-Telbani, lost his life's work during the Gaza war after Israeli shells slammed into his four-story factory, one of Gaza's largest, sparking a fire that engulfed vats of margarine and sacks of cocoa powder. Al-Telbani and others in Gaza say anything short of a complete opening of Gaza's borders, after seven years of closure by Israel and Egypt, will do little to change their lives. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

In this Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 photo, Ahmad Baraka, 25, a Palestinian worker at Al Awda snack food factory extinguishes a fire at the factory in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. The factory's owner, Mohammed al-Telbani, lost his life's work during the Gaza war after Israeli shells slammed into his four-story factory, one of Gaza's largest, sparking a fire that engulfed vats of margarine and sacks of cocoa powder. Al-Telbani and others in Gaza say anything short of a complete opening of Gaza's borders, after seven years of closure by Israel and Egypt, will do little to change their lives. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

To the editor:

A front-page article (“Israel searches for soldier,” Aug. 2) about an Israeli soldier feared captured? One soldier, when more than a thousand Palestinians, including hundreds of children, caught desperately in the assault on Gaza have lost their lives.

One soldier, whose job is to fight, when thousands of innocents, many of them children are caught with no place to shelter from the bombardment? When so many, have been maimed, lost their homes and communities, family members, friends, schools, medical care, food supplies and electricity. When so many have lost the very network of people and support systems needed to support life, I find the article unconscionable, heartbreaking, really.

Why, when so much is being lost in Gaza, would the Gazette put this AP article on the front page?

Claudia Lefko

Northampton

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Also, the missing Israeli was almost certainly a conscript, not a career soldier, and at the time the story broke was thought to have been kidnapped during a supposed truce.

Claudia, if you have access to the Gazette's on-line archive, I recommend that you use it to search for both news stories and opinion pieces from the last month on the sufferings of Gaza. If you do so, I should think that you would find that your concerns have been more than adequately addressed.

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