There was no implied threat in the statement by Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel may be subject to a larger international economic boycott than is now in process if the peace talks do not make progress (“Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire,” Editorial, Feb. 7, “Boycott Fears Bubbling Over Amid SodaStream Controversy,” Feb. 7). Kerry’s statement will not increase the likelihood of enlarged boycott. He simply described the potential for the economic implications if the status quo continues to be the status quo.
It’s bad enough for right-wing Israeli politicians to groundlessly accuse Secretary of State John Kerry of encouraging the burgeoning movement, primarily in Europe, to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel.
Regarding “Sharpton-De Blasio Ties,” Jan. 24: Al Sharpton’s problems go back before Crown Heights to 1987, when he, along with attorneys Alton Maddox and C Vernon Mason, was a cheerleader for Tawana Brawley. They supported her false claims that six white men had raped her, claims that were dismissed by a grand jury. The New York assistant district attorney who Brawley had accused as one of her alleged assailants successfully sued Brawley, Sharpton and the two attorneys for defamation.
The wearing of tefillin by women has reached an epic point with one of the most highly regarded day schools in New York allowing female students ”permission” to wear tefillin (“Ramaz Would Permit Girls To Wear Tefillin,” Jan. 24).
It is hard to believe that Jewish leaders are giving Al Sharpton a pass because he is “accepting criticism” for the role he played in the Crown Heights riots (“Sharpton-De Blasio Ties,” Jan. 24). His remarks were made in an attempt to clean up his image when MSNBC announced the inaugural of his own talk show.
Gary Rosenblatt, in his Between the Lines column last week (“Israel Lobby And The White House: “Who’ll Blink First?”) tries to build a chain of evidence from some provocative statements made by Yasir Arafat to support for the Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill, but his logic doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.