Re: "The prime minister must demand a ceasefire in Gaza, write members of his youth council," (The Hill Times, by Ganyat Sadiq and Haleema Ahmed, Nov. 9). This comment by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should tell us all we need know about blaming Israel for the death and destruction in Gaza: "It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust. While Israel is doing everything to keep civilians out of harm's way, Hamas is doing everything to keep them in harm's way. Israel provides civilians in Gaza humanitarian corridors and safe zones, Hamas prevents them from leaving at gunpoint. It is Hamas not Israel that should be held accountable for committing a double war crime— targeting civilians while hiding behind civilians. The forces of civilization must back Israel in defeating Hamas barbarism." There is nothing in in Sadiq's and Ahmed's opinion column acknowledging this truth. Indeed, their comment that Israel is deliberately pursuing collective punishment against the Gazans is nothing more than the regurgitation of Hamas propaganda. Larry ShapiroCalgary, Alta.