Monday, 21 March 2011

The Tyrant's Excuse

DEAR SIR,

Correlation does not imply causation. The notion that declining education standards in Gaza is the result of Israel’s blockade of the territory (‘UN: Gaza's youth “denied higher education” by Israeli blockade’, 21 March) is a cum hoc fallacy.

Thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, including textbooks and stationery, enter into Gaza through Israel every day. Indeed, Gazans receive more per capita assistance than any other people on Earth. If higher education is underfunded, it is clearly not for lack of aid.

For far too long the international community has assumed the centrality of Israel to all the Middle East’s problems, which has been the excuse of tyrants across the Arab world for decades. The simple truth is that Hamas – like all despotic regimes – is more interested in perpetuating the conflict that sustains it than in the welfare of its citizens.

If we really want to improve the lives of Gazans, we must stop believing the propaganda and start holding Hamas to account for the squalid conditions in which its subjects live.

JACOB CAMPBELL, York
Press Officer, UKIP Friends of Israel

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