I’ve resented for years the public treatment of [Anti-Defamation League National Director] Abe Foxman as a “leading Jewish spokesman.” But with the “downgrading” of the swastika as a Jewish hate symbol — depending on its “context” — he and the ADL ought to be ashamed of themselves (“ADL Downgrades Swastika As Jewish Hate Symbol,” July 30). Before this outrageous action, I would have thought it inconceivable that the symbol of unspeakable evil could be measured through grades of political correctness.
How can the Jewish Week support an imam who refuses to call the Hamas killers of hundreds of Israeli civilians terrorists, and who did not renounce his connection to major backers of the Hamas-aiding flotilla?
How can an imam who attributes blame to America for 9/11 and provides rationales for Osama Bin Laden lead a project so close to the massacre and be “genuinely embarrassed about evil committed by people of his religion”?
Lainee and Jonathan Grauman |
It was disappointing to read “A Mosque Near Ground Zero,” (Editorial, July 30). How could The Jewish Week not take a stand on this crucial issue?
Instead you say, “Americans’ reaction to the planned Cordoba House will show which vision we embrace.” You imply that we should accept Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as a moderate because there’s a dearth of moderate Muslims. Why should we accept him if we are “uncomfortable with some of his views”?
Your editorial “A Mosque Near Ground Zero” (July 30) supporting the mosque curiously states some reasons why the center should NOT be built at that site. You wrote that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader behind the center “has not spoken out against terror groups like Hamas.” He has said that “the United States must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” Do you believe that?
The editorial “A Mosque Near Ground Zero” (July 30) creates faulty history about the Carmelite nuns at the convent adjoining Auschwitz. The convent generated searing controversy in 1989 when five colleagues and I joined Rabbi Avi Weiss in climbing over its fence in peaceful protest and, at the nuns’ behest, workmen in the building attacked us.
Re “In Wake Of ADL, Jewish Groups Back Ground Mosque Zero Mosque” (Aug. 6): I laud the decision to clear the way for the Cordoba House to be built. Stopping its construction would have amounted to denial of religious freedom.
While I understand the need for sensitivity in addressing the concerns of relatives of 9/11 victims, allowing the Cordoba Initiative to build a peaceful community center shows the radical, evil supporters of Osama bin Laden that Americans gladly espouse the attitude of tolerance that he so abhors.