Letters

The Full Story

05/07/2014
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I appreciate Steve Lipman’s comprehensive article on the controversy surrounding this year’s Israel Unity Parade and quoting my support for the parade (“Israel ‘Unity’ Parade Set For June 1 But Some Groups Seek To Ban Others,” April 11). That support is unqualified. But he falls short in expressing my concurrent views about the New Israel Fund (NIF) and the pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) non-governmental organizations it funds. What follows is the full text of my statement to Steve Lipman:

On Presidents Conference And Secret Votes

05/07/2014
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The rejection of J Street’s application for membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is curious. Never mind what some may consider J Street’s controversial Mideast positions or its separately incorporated political action committee, the rejection speaks worlds about the Presidents’ Conference itself.

On ‘Fliergate’ At NYU

05/07/2014
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I find myself grappling with my feelings over the article, “NYU Dorms Flooded with ‘Eviction’ Notices” (April 25), about the distribution of mock eviction notices under the doors of two New York University dorms by Students for Justice in Palestine.

Let Us Have A Say

04/30/2014
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Regarding your Editorial, “Israel’s Paradigm Shift On The Diaspora”
(Feb. 21), one obvious way to involve the diaspora leaps to mind. Israel
could establish an online registry of Jews abroad who could then vote online, in non-binding referendums, on subjects about which the Knesset or the prime
minister thought the world Jewish community should be consulted.

Fitting Tribute To A Hero

04/30/2014
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Regarding Jonathan Mark’s article, “A Hero Of Biblical Proportions,” April 18: Well done. A fitting tribute to Yaakov Birnbaum, who inspired me and many other 1964 Yeshiva College seniors to protest regularly on behalf of Soviet Jewry. Mark was on point to credit Glenn Richter’s immense contribution to the movement.

The Full Story

04/30/2014
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I appreciate Steve Lipman’s comprehensive article on the controversy surrounding this year’s Israel Unity Parade and quoting my support for the parade (“Israel ‘Unity’ Parade Set For June 1 But Some Groups Seek To Ban Others,” April 11). That support is unqualified. But he falls short in expressing my concurrent views about the New Israel Fund (NIF) and the pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) non-governmental organizations it funds. What follows is the full text of my statement to Steve Lipman:

More Damage Than Good

04/30/2014
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The Editorial, “Making Mischief Of The Parade,” (April 11) stated that the Celebrate Israel parade is celebratory, and not political. But in allowing certain groups to march, it is the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and UJA-Federation of New York that have actually politicized the event and created unnecessary controversy. Supporters of Israel with differing views have every right to march in the parade. But they shouldn’t be allowed to march under a banner that supports the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. That does more damage than good. The BDS supporters give added incentive to Israel’s enemies to ask yet more concessions while giving nothing in return.

Making Sense, Not Mischief

04/30/2014
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Our group, BeCounted4Israel, disagrees with the Editorial, “Making Mischief of the Parade,” and Steve Lipman’s article, “Israel’s ‘Unity’ Parade Set For June 1 But Some Groups Seek To Ban Others” (both April 11). It is not false to say that supporters of the BDS movement are being allowed to march. The New Israel Fund, B’Tselem, and Partners for a Progressive Israel support a boycott of products from Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) and undermine Israel in other ways that also foster hatred against Israel and Jews.

Why Orthodoxy Flourishes

04/30/2014
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It is with a feeling of heartbreak that I read the column of Rabbi Jerome Epstein, who bemoans the fact that the Conservative movement is on a steady decline and needs to redefine itself in order to avoid its “predicted death “ by some observers (“Key To Conservative Survival: Returning To Our Core,” Opinion, April 18).

Inclusion Is The Key

04/30/2014
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 Rabbi Jerome Epstein served the Conservative movement for many years with distinction. I am glad that he has recognized the movement’s decline, but his “solutions” are the very same concepts that have led to its attrition and decline (“Key To Conservative Survival: Returning To The Core,” Opinion, April 18).

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