Unexceptionable commonplaces aside, David Galchinsky’s opinion piece, “Multiculturalism And the Lessons from Norway” by David Galchinksy (Aug. 5) is fatally flawed. Factual errors abound, including dismissing the unprecedented anti-Semitism of the ascendant Muslim demographic, which has revitalized latent anti-Semitism within Europe’s largely post-Christian cultures.
Although your several reports in last week’s edition commendably captured the atmosphere and horrors that surrounded the Crown Heights pogrom of August 1991, one misstatement and an accompanying omission should be rectified. As the attorneys who were called upon to represent the Lubavitch driver of the car that tragically — and accidentally — struck little Gavin Cato, my former law partner, Barry Slotnick, and I certainly had front-row seats to this appalling episode in the history of race relations in this city.
I found Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Is it ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” (Aug. 5), both eloquent and a bit generalized. There is Orthodox and then there is Orthodox.
I doubt that The Jewish Week receives much criticism of being “anti-Orthodox” from mainstream institutions like Yeshiva University, Young Israel or the Orthodox Union. The literary finger wagging seems consistently from the right-wing segment of this community.
Hella Winston’s lead story covering the horrific Leiby Kletzky murder was so over-the-top offensive that I did not feel compelled to write (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22).
Surely a paper with your integrity would print a retraction and an apology by the next week. But the following week’s edition bore no such apology. Where is your compassion? Where is your sensitivity? Where is your proof substantiating the outlandish claims in the article?
In his chagrin at my criticism in Ami Magazine of Jewish Week reportage, Gary Rosenblatt deftly changes the subject, to “the role of a community newspaper… to expose” wrongdoing (“Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” Aug. 5).