Letters

‘Settlements’ Not Key Issue

03/26/2012 - 20:00

With all due respect to Peter Beinart and others like him who argue that the “settlements” are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the fact is that there were settlements when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat entered into an agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, when Jordan’s King Hussein entered into an agreement with Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and when PLO President Yasir Arafat entered into a series of agreements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — yes, that same Netanyahu (“Pushing Morality, A Victim O

On Bris Controversy

03/26/2012 - 20:00

Dr. Gary Gelbfish presents the “medical facts” in the bris controversy (“In Debating Bris Controversy, Know The Medical Facts,” Opinion, March 16).

As an infectious-disease specialist in practice for almost 27 years, I can say that much of what was presented in the article was not “fact.” Many of the “facts” were omitted. Other “facts” do not have relevance to the present situation.

Stony Brook Responds

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Stewart Ain’s article “Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Ire” (March 16) is rife with inaccuracies and, as a result, aims to stir up controversy where none exists.

Jewish And Black Pride

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Regarding “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16), professor Ephraim Isaac, speaking of the treatment of Ethiopian Jews, said, “this is not a racial issue, it is one of ignorance.”

Unfortunately your article left out the word “not,” changing the statement’s meaning.

Ethiopian Jews In New York

03/19/2012 - 20:00

The evening described in Jonathan Mark’s article, “Crossing The Sambatyon” (March 16) was meant to highlight how far Ethiopian Israelis have come in the short amount of time they have been living in Israel.

Some very bright young members of the Ethiopian Israeli community were on a panel that evening, including Dina Lakao, who came from Israel and is studying law at the IDC in Herzliya, and Avidor Baruch, who along with Yaniv Jamber is a Fulbright scholar. They are in the master’s in business program at Brandeis. 

Gaza Rockets, Hypocrisy

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Last week hundreds of rockets were launched by Palestinian terror groups from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas (“Iron Dome Eases Anxiety In Israel’s South,” March 16). Despite successful interception of many rockets, one million people fell under threat.  Dozens were injured, including one critically; 200,000 children had to stay home for days in bomb shelters instead of going to school, an unfortunate but wise precaution, given that an Israeli school was hit by a rocket barrage.    

Unfair Comparison

03/19/2012 - 20:00

Abraham Foxman has charged that I am “in many ways no better than Farrakhan or Buchanan” (“Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry,” Opinion, March 16). I am proud of my work as a patriot and a passionate Zionist; to be compared to Jew-haters by a man who styles himself a leader of the Jews is abominable.

Airing Israel’s Problems

03/12/2012 - 20:00

In light of the intense geopolitical climate in the Middle East and around the world, American Jews across the political spectrum are likely to agree that Israel stands at a crossroads. Israel’s policy choices both at home and abroad inevitably carry a significance likely to be felt for decades to come, and therefore must be undertaken with utmost caution and sensitivity.

Unfair On AIPAC

03/12/2012 - 20:00

Why did The Jewish Week allow James Besser to mount a front-page attack against mainstream AIPAC on the eve of its policy conference (“Political, Communal Divisions, Pose Fresh Threats to AIPAC,” March 2)? It is Besser who is sowing the “divisions” by smearing Israel’s center-right government as “hard line” and AIPAC’s American supporters as increasingly “hard line,” “one-issue” and tied to settlers, even though AIPAC is overwhelmingly mainstream and pluralistic. 

Purim Spoof Critic

03/12/2012 - 20:00

I am not a subscriber to The Jewish Week, though I have read the paper many times.  I had thought about subscribing and am quite hesitant to do so now. I applaud many of your efforts to force the Jewish community to face some very difficult issues, beginning even as far back as the Baruch Lanner articles. However, I currently have a copy of the Purim issue, and was very disturbed. I had to remove it from the kitchen counter, away from my children. It was neither funny nor appropriate. 

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