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07/26/2011 | | Letters

The Jewish Week hit the nail on the head concerning the tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). The reality is that many haredi and chasidic Jews operate under a different standard than other Jews when reporting possible crimes, in their neighborhood. Whether its child abuse or other acts of violence, their first response is to report the matter to a rabbi or an Orthodox watch group like the Shomrim before turning to the police.

07/26/2011 | | Letters

Too many Jewish teenagers are not prepared for the anti-Israel bias and propaganda they will encounter on college campuses, whether it is in the classroom or even a friendly gathering. Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the need for Israel education as a requirement for advocacy highlights a major problem in Jewish communities already short of resources (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” July 22).

07/26/2011 | | Letters

To those who claim that Israel’s new anti-boycott law goes too far in limiting freedom of expression (“Boycott Bill Generates Controversy,” July 15), the following question should be asked: “Do you also oppose Israel’s anti-incitement law?”

07/26/2011 | | Letters

In your article about Israel’s new anti-boycott law, you state that the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) opposed its passage (“Boycott Law Generates Controversy,” July 15).

ZOA initially stated that before making a final determination, we must carefully “examine the law.” Now, after careful examination, the ZOA strongly sympathizes with its passage, as it helps protect Israel’s security and economic interests.

07/19/2011 | | Letters

In Response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Of Balaam And Birthright: When A Curse Is A Blessing” (July 15), in which he masterfully uses Kiera Feldman’s own words to show that the Birthright experience is indeed, “far-reaching, effective and successful.” I would like to add my own observations fresh from “the field.”

07/19/2011 | | Letters

The July 15 column by Gary Rosenblatt, "Of Balaam And Birthright: When A Curse Is A Blessing," brings up the recent Nation article by Kiera Feldman, which attacked Birthright Israel. He accurately mentions the author's anti-Israel bias and argues that the vehemence of her critique underscores Birthright's success as a pro-Israel program. (I've communicated with several people at The Nation on my displeasure with her article.)