I have been an avid reader of The Jewish Week for decades and an active supporter of its courageous willingness to expose and confront painful issues in the Jewish community. I am, therefore, both puzzled and genuinely angered by your apparent inability to publish anything about J Street, the pro-Israel pro-peace organization of which I am a very proud member, without referring to it as “left wing.”
Sunday, March 8, which marked 50 years and one day after “Bloody Sunday,” I was among the 100,000 people in Selma, Ala., who chose to walk in the footsteps of the righteous (“Still More Bridges To Cross,” March 13). We came to Selma not just to commemorate the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that lead to the Voting Rights Act but also to recommit to carry on the work, begun those years ago, which is still unfinished.
Anti-Semitism on American campuses is not news. But actually catching an indisputable moment that verifies it is news. That moment happened in February at UCLA when a student interviewing for a position on the Student Council’s Judicial Board was asked effectively if being Jewish would make her biased in favor of other Jews.
I read that the de Blasio administration and a coalition of rabbinical leaders have seemingly met in the middle over the controversial circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh (“Charedi Leader Opens Door On Metzitzah,” March 6).
There has rightly been a good deal of coverage in these pages of the political fallout from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. But there has been less analysis of the content of the speech itself. And, in fact, while Bibi’s speech was rhetorically superb, it was also full of contradictions and lacking in actual substance or new ideas.
Gary Rosenblatt (“Fear and Loathing In The Jewish World,” column, March 6) argued that a “toxic atmosphere” has been created in the American Jewish community by a recent New York Times ad sharply criticizing an Obama administration official, and some individuals strongly disagreeing with the policies of several left-leaning Jewish organizations.
Your recent Editorial (“Bibi, Obama and Purim,” March 6) asserts that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu “hurt his cause … by coming to Capitol Hill.” In his column in the same issue (“Fear and Loathing In The Jewish World”), Gary Rosenblatt goes even further by accusing the prime minister of generating “intolerance, distrust and pettiness” by virtue of his recent appearance in front of Congress. As I read these pieces I couldn’t help but feel that I must be living in a parallel universe from that of The Jewish Week and its editorial board. In my universe, the speech given by Netanyahu was by turns eloquent, gracious and forceful. It was enthusiastically received by a bipartisan audience of senators and congressmen and generally perceived by many, although certainly not all, media pundits as a powerful and important message. One that, regardless of whether one agrees with its venue and timing, has served to shed much needed light on, and attention to, the critical ongoing Iran negotiations.