Jim Stoffels's column (In Focus, July 20) protested Israeli attacks killing Gaza civilians. His column generates questions.
1. Hamas has a six-year history of falsifying casualty numbers. Until there is independent confirmation, can anybody assume Hamas' statements from the past month are honest?
2. Let's compare two similar events. First, a Hamas rocket struck an Israeli kindergarten, causing no casualties. Second, after Israel warned some Gaza civilians to leave their homes, a news reporter encountered a Palestinian man standing in a street, crying, "No place to go!"
His plight was heartbreaking, but beyond Israel's control.
Israel, long ago, built underground shelters throughout their country, exclusively for civilian protection.
They include dormitories, children's classrooms, stockpiled food, water and medical supplies.
Therefore: Where are Gaza's underground civilian shelters? If such bunkers don't exist, why not?
Hamas dug concrete tunnels for sneaking armed combatants into Israel, yet they ignored the safety of their own civilians. Might civilian deaths benefit Hamas politically?
JOY RASCH, Kennewick