Re: “Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead at 90” (Jan. 9), it should be noted that not only did Ms. Myerson helped found the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, but she also donated a significant sum and lent her celebrity status to support women facing ovarian cancer, which she fought and survived in 1973.
In his Opinion piece about the need for Jewish organizations to support Jewish journalism, David Suissa claims that young Jews no longer attracted to ritual Judaism could become connected through reading Jewish newspapers (“Why Judaism Needs Journalism,” Jan. 2).
Regarding “Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (Jan. 2), the statistical sampling techniques used in poll taking produce results within a range, and those results are a function of how the questions are asked, to whom they are directed and numerous other factors. Even where the polltaker is highly respected and uses reputable sampling techniques, the results often vary.
I applaud Martin Raffel for his Opinion piece, “Seventy Years After WWII, Time To Honor Our Vets” (Jan. 2), in which he expresses the unfortunate reality that the American Jewish community does little if anything to recognize Jewish American war veterans.
Our prayers in the synagogue, weekly sermons and commemorations rarely acknowledge the debt of gratitude all Jews — those who immigrated here and those born here — owe to the men and women who served this country. It is because of their sacrifices that we in America have been able to raise our families, establish businesses and educate our children.
Israeli journalist Ari Shavit (“A N.Y. Minute,” Dec. 26) says that the first necessary step to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace “is for Israel to instigate a settlement freeze.” Can Shavit have forgotten so quickly that Israel recently tried doing that? From November 2009 through September 2010, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze all construction in Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria. Yet it did not bring about peace; it only increased the Palestinians’ appetite for more unilateral Israeli concessions
Matti Friedman is a rare modern-day hero for having the courage, as a veteran AP reporter, to tell the emperor that he has no clothes, by exposing the anti-Israel bias that he personally experienced at AP, present in almost all mainstream media (“When Journalists Are The Story,” Between The Lines, Dec. 19).
The settlements are legal (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Dec. 12, Editor’s column). That they are is confirmed by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, as well as by the San Remo Resolution before this Mandate and the Anglo-American Convention after the Mandate. The Mandate for Palestine recognized the right of world Jewry to reconstitute their historic homeland in all of Western Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Article 6 of this Mandate reads:
Ambassador Michael Oren’s statements on peace with the Palestinians — “Inaction (by Israel) isn’t an option” and “Israel needs to take its fate into its own hands and come out with a political initiative that will serve its interests” — are absolutely correct (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).