Britain has confirmed a UK national died in Wednesday's bombing...

Britain has confirmed a UK national died in Wednesday's bombing of a Jerusalem bus stop. Meanwhile, Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza. Credit: AP

I am disturbed by Newsday's unbalanced coverage of the Middle East ["Palestinians launch attack," News, March 20].

Sunday's paper had a short article on Page A29 that Palestinians fired more than 50 mortar rockets into Israel, and Hamas police beat reporters and news photographers covering a rally in Gaza City. I can only imagine the front-page headlines that would have appeared in Newsday if a similar incident occurred in Israel.

In this short article, Newsday also managed to mention the completely irrelevant fact that Israel invaded Gaza two years ago to stop similar barrages. This is a thinly veiled attempt by Newsday to try and equate Hamas' terrorism to Israel's legitimate self-defense.

Newsday loses its credibility when it persists in burying stories that are unfavorable to Palestinians while simultaneously distorting stories to make Israel appear to be responsible for the violence inflicted upon it.

Benjamin Weinstock