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Mon, 05/03/2010 - 20:00

The J Street ad that you published [April 30, containing an open letter to Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel from Yossi Sarid, a former Israel minister of education and of the environment], is highly offensive, and lacking in sophistication.

The disrespectful letter claims that Wiesel’s evoking the Jews’ biblical deed to Jerusalem imbues the current conflict with messianic hues. Query: what is messianic about a real estate deed or chain of title or ownership or archaeological evidence linking the Jews to Jerusalem so deeply while Jerusalem was not even mentioned directly in the Koran?

The avowedly leftist letter writer may not care very much, if at all, about any of the 613 commandments in the Bible, but at least he claims, in his dramatic conclusion, that he is in favor of fulfilling God’s command to Abraham to “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it.” When the Temple Mount and east Jerusalem were in Arab hands, from 1948 to 1967, no Jew was permitted into east Jerusalem, much less through the length or breadth of a single dunam of it.

Wiesel did not have to resort to messianic arguments; the historical and archaeological evidence is overwhelming. But the claim that Wiesel had to resort to messianic arguments is as phony as the Arabs’ claims to Jerusalem.

Kew Gardens, Queens


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In my opinion, we are in a crisis situation. The American Jewish community has either forgotten or never learned the lessons from US history. The movie, "Against the Tide" documents the sad story of how 6 million died while the US, including leaders like Rabbi Steven Wise and President Roosevelt, were silent. By the time my family was taken to Auschwitz, the US government, England and the organized Jewish community knew exactly what was going on. England blocked passage to "Palestine" and the US allowed virtually no refugees. The Jews of Europe were doomed. In 2010, we are facing a situation where leaders are calling for Israel to "trust Obama and the US" to determine their future because, "Israel is like a drunk relative and cannot be allowed to drive". Look at the internet and best selling books about Jewish history in horror. You will find that the terrorists and their supporters, who seek to destroy not only Israel but also the US and the free world, have adopted Hitler's reading list. Some Jewish people, including the NY times journalist, Roger Cohen with whom I spoke last week, said the worst thing would be to take Iran seriously and take out their weapons. I closed my eyes and pictured 1938, when the world decided Hitler did not mean what he said. J street feel that it is their duty to criticize the country that has taken in millions of refugees from all over the world, has given the free world and the Jewish people hope and refuge and has given the world too many technological and medical advances to list. Apparently J Street thinks that there are not enough groups criticizing Israel and that the countries who torture their citizens, give no rights to women, encourage people to blow themselves and us up, and threaten to wipe Israel off the map do not need criticism. The US should learn from Israel, which has humanitarian organizations helping people all over the world. If I am "politically incorrect", I wish more people had been while the Jews of Europe were being killed, while Stalin killed and tortured our people and while 1 million were expelled from the Middle East. Israel has enough critics. The UN spends its time condemning Israel while letting genocide continue in Africa and elsewhere. I am neither a historian nor a politician. I have spent my 35 year career in medicine trying to help people. I am a "liberal" who has supported politicians from both parties who support freedom and human rights and the rights of Israel, a miracle the size of New Jersey. As Mayor Booker said at The Jewish Center of Princeton last year, if we were attacked with rockets from Trenton, we would demand that the government defend us.

Yossi Sarid, a former member of the Israeli Knesset in a February 2015 Haaretz column, wrote:

In these very moments, the protocols are being rewritten. Rich Jews are writing them in their own handwriting. They, in their wealth, are confirming with their own signatures what anti-Semites used to slander them with in days gone by: We, the elders of Zion, pull the strings of the U.S.Congress, and the congressmen are nothing but marionettes who do our will. If they don’t understand our words, they’ll understand our threats. And if in the past, we ran the show from behind the scenes, now we’re doing it openly, from center stage. And if you forget our donations, the wellspring will run dry.