With loss of Turkey — once a leading vacation destination — life in the Jewish state feels even lonelier.
Jerusalem — There was a time, not very long ago, when Israelis had a friend in the Muslim world. As bad as things got with the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Lebanese, Israelis could point to Turkey as a solid bulwark against near total isolation in the Muslim world.
Sixteen years later, I can still hear the sudden gasp, followed by a loud, spontaneous and mournful wail that erupted from the thousands gathered outside 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn when the simple wooden casket carrying the remains of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, emerged from the movement’s headquarters on June 12, 1994, corresponding to the third of Tammuz (this coming Tuesday).
The editorial, “Israel Parade: Missing in Action” (May 28), accurately describes the composition of the participants in the Salute to Israel parade this year, focusing upon both the segment of our community that participated and those that didn’t.
Eitan Haber, a former top aide and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, hit the nail on the head when he suggested that intercepting aid ships to Gaza might not be worth the price of international condemnation that Israel has been subjected to (“Flotilla Crisis Fuels Blockade Controversy,” June 4).
Israel has endured and survived many rounds of international condemnation in the past, most notably the United Nations’ infamous “Zionism is racism” resolution of 1975, and the outrage expressed by the Reagan White House and leaders across the globe when Jerusalem bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor, 29 years ago this week.
For the first time, two recipients have been chosen for The Charles Bronfman Prize 2010, which honors young Jewish humanitarians. Sasha Chanoff, founder of Mapendo International, a Boston-based international refugee agency, and Jared Genser, founder of Freedom Now, a Washington-based human rights lawyer who defends prisoners of conscience, will each receive a $100,000 award.
The dispute now raging over how American Jewry should fund overseas Jewish needs will have at least one important outcome: it will put a serious discussion about Jewish identity on the front burner of the organized American Jewish community (“Jewish Agency, JDC, Stake Claims In Funding Fight,” May 7). Such a discussion is long overdue.