Those who suggest Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO/Fatah have become the moderates in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict are fallacious (“When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass,” Editor’s column, July 25). The Palestinian National Charter of 1968 called for the elimination of Israel:
The article, “Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount” (July 25), does well to highlight the divisions within the American Jewish community regarding Operation Protective Edge. And while we at Partners for Progressive Israel do oppose this war, we do not oppose it because we are, “invested in being critical of Israeli policies,” as your article quotes Thane Rosenbaum as having said..
The July 18 article “Freedom Summer Memories” is only partly accurate about the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City and the Freedom Party challenge. Some whites/Jews (e.g. Joe Rauh) did surrender to President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s fake “compromise.” But others, especially younger Jews (like me, Marcus Raskin, others) who had been legislative assistants on Capitol Hill were invited, too, and did work closely with the Freedom Democrats and supported their decision to reject the fake compromise.
It was gratifying to read that the editor of The Jewish Week has now joined the pro-Israel watchdogs who have been all over the New York Times for its slanted coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (“New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False,” July 18). It must have been an epiphany for a former defender of the Times’ Mideast coverage. His earlier belief that the newspaper’s occasional flaws were not consistent or inherent, had been disproved by CAMERA [a pro-Israel media watchdog group]; it found from July to December 2011 “a disproportionate, continuous embedded indictment of Israel that dominates views and commentary sections. Israeli views are downplayed, while Palestinian perspectives, especially criticism of Israel are amplified and even promoted.”
I am responding to your Between the Lines column dated July 18 (“New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False”). I think that you are being unfair to The New York Times. It is not the role of the Times to rationalize Israeli actions or pat ourselves on the back as to how ethical we are — which you seem to be doing in your opinion article.
Moshe Phillips and And Benyamin Korn |
Gary Rosenblatt (“False Equivalency,” July 10) correctly notes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is now partners in a unity government with Hamas, whose charter is to destroy the Jewish state and kill Jews, and currently trying to do so through hundreds of daily rocket attacks against the Israeli population.”