This morning as I sat down to read The Sunday San Francisco Chronicle, I fully expected to see a news story about the surprise attack on Israel and the continuing fall-out. I was shocked to see that there was NO COVERAGE in print whatsoever. I wrote a letter to the editor about it. I publish it here, because I have no idea if the paper will run my letter. In times where we all feel so powerless, this was something i could do. See below for my letter, and click here for some solidarity events going on in the Bay Area.
“I am not writing about something that appeared in your printed Sunday paper this morning. I’m writing about what did not appear in your paper.
Almost 50 years ago to the day of the anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, Israel was brutally attacked in a surprise ambush from the terrorist group Hamas. The recent, well coordinated and heavily subsidized attack took place on what was supposed to be a joyous holiday of Simchat Torah, and on Shabbat. Hundreds have been killed, hostages have been taken and continued fighting including brutal retaliation has ensued.
It was shocking to see that there was zero coverage of this in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning. I understand that Israel’s politics are complicated, and that many in the liberal left may not agree with Israel’s government. But by not including the news of this brutal attack, The Chronicle is not showing the objectivity that I would expect as a major news outlet in an international city.
The enemies of Israel deny the land as integral part of Judaism, they deny the right of Israel (and its people) to exist, they deny the Holocaust and pose constant threats and lies about our intentions there.
As a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and a regular reader of The SF Chronicle, I expected more from this newspaper.”
I continue to grieve war and misunderstanding in what is supposed to be a holy land. I am sending love and prayers to friends and family in Israel.