Rep. William J. Pascrell, Jr., deserves congratulations for a well-run primary campaign. He won, in part, because his opponent went negative, even to the point of exaggerating the differences between himself and Pascrell, according to some. In his June 22 article in The Jewish Standard, however, Pascrell is himself guilty of exaggeration. The Gaza 54 Letter of which he was a signatory misrepresented Israel’s role in any hardship experienced by the Palestinians living in Gaza. There never was a blockade of food or medicine by Israel to Gaza, and Pascrell knows this. His explanation for his support of the letter, which could only damage Israel’s reputation, is unfortunate. It is common knowledge this letter is a clear mark against the pro-Israel record of every signatory. I hope that Pascrell will come to realize his error, even if he refuses to admit it now. To claim he did it for compassionate reasons, rather than to win certain votes in his district is, if you will forgive the term, just politics.