In yesterday's Age, a response to a recent grubby piece of work from the paper's maestro of cheap shots.
RUTH Pollard's report, ''Gaza's children live and die on contaminated water'' (The Saturday Age, 23/6), ignores Hamas responsibility for the water contamination and energy crisis in Gaza. The IDF Co-ordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (CoGAT) reports that at least 27 projects to deal with water and sewage purification are in place in Gaza - all facilitated by Israel, and not one funded by Hamas. She could also have mentioned the reason for Israel's blockade - the rockets fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, with Hamas' support or participation. More than 100 were fired last week alone. Hamas' preference for weapons directed against Israel over welfare and water for Gazans is the real root of Gaza's highly unfortunate predicament.
Sharyn Mittelman, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, South Melbourne