Letters

Bess Myerson, Fighting Cancer

01/14/2015

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.

Why Bother To Read?

01/07/2015

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).

Pollster Opposites

01/07/2015

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. 

Honoring Our Veterans

01/07/2015

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.

Been There, Done That

12/31/2014

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

USY Dating Decision

12/31/2014

I must take exception to the
JTA article on United Synagogue Youth voting to allow its officers to
interdate, for two reasons
(“USY Reverses Interfaith Dating Ban,” Dec. 26).

Courageous Reporter

12/31/2014

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).

Understanding The Mandate

12/24/2014

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:

Don’t Blame Bibi

12/17/2014

Michael Oren is one of the brilliant, outstanding Israeli diplomats of our time, and he tells it like it is (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

A Two-State Solution Plan

12/17/2014

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).

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