LETTERS
Report of Hannah's murder was slanted

YOUR report about the poor young girl who tragically lost her life in Jerusalem to a knife-wielding Palestinian was particularly off-point.

The headline "Murdered Brit Hannah was a supporter of the Palestinians" could quite properly be interpreted as suggesting that Hannah Bladon somehow deserved less sympathy due to her support of the Palestinians.

And even if you deny that charge, how do you explain the headline at all which unquestionably infers that being a supporter of Palestinians is inherently wrong?

The article then had a paragraph detailing the various social media sites/pages she has "liked".

Again, the only proper inference to be drawn is that there is something fundamentally wrong with supporting the "Palestinian cause" and that liking certain organisations is deemed sympathetic to that cause and perhaps critical of Israel.

One of the Facebook pages she is charged with having "liked", for example, is Breaking The Silence.

This organisation is based in Israel and was formed by Israelis. It claims credibility due to the fact that its more prominent activists are all former IDF soldiers, some of whom were very high ranking.

You do not clarify what the so-called "Palestinian cause" is, but I would hope that any right-thinking person would agree that it most likely pertains to the potential for some sort of a two-state solution and better conditions in the interim for the Palestinians who live in the West Bank.

In any event, why does it matter at all what her political views were?

As for the headline, are Palestinians not humans with equal rights and expectations like the rest of us?

Is support for one people over another good reason for criticism?

The irony is that in Israel, more than 50 per cent of people support the idea of improved conditions for the Palestinians living in the West Bank.

On that basis, if you were to investigate the background of all the victims of Palestinian terror in recent times, you would probably find the same as you have done in this case in no fewer than 50 per cent of cases.

What worries me is the way in which this piece has been written, as if with such impunity for the lives of another race of people and anyone who may sympathise with them.

This is only possible because, to a large extent, the sentiments reflect the attitudes of your readers.

There is a growing problem among a section of Diaspora Jewry and their collective support for Israel. It borders on racism.

There is a refusal to accept any criticism of Israel and a growing acceptable hatred towards Arabs and Muslims which, quite frankly, is no different to the hatred we complain about being shown to us.

I am no terrorist sympathiser. I am passionate about the State of Israel and will for ever champion all that is good about it. But I reserve the right - in fact, I accept the obligation, as should all Jews - to look in the mirror and call out that which is wrong.

We should all resolve to lead by example.

Hannah Bladon's life was worth far more than her seeming sympathy for one side of a complex political issue. Her tragic death merits only the kindest and most sympathetic reporting.

Hannah was a wholly innocent victim of a senseless murder and her loved ones deserve not to have to read any form of perceived criticism of her.

Oliver Gardner,
Stockport,
Cheshire.

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