Regarding your ongoing coverage of the war in Gaza: I am reminded of the time in the 1940s when, as a high-school student in the Bronx, I heard and read radio and news reports (before there was TV) of how the citizens of London sat in subway stations and basements and survived the Nazi V5 rocket blitz of London with a spirit of defiance, patriotism and determination while whole neighborhoods were burned and devastated by the indiscriminate Nazi assault. Children were sent by their parents to the countryside or even sent abroad to assure their safety. At the same time, American and allied forces carpet-bombed German cities, including Berlin, and more than a million civilians in Nazi Germany and other parts of Europe were killed in the bombings. There was no United Nations to moralize about the disproportionality of those actions the allies felt necessary to shorten the war and preserve freedom for the Western world.
As an Israeli, I felt buoyed in reading the Editorial (“Give War A Chance”) and coverage of the pro-Israel rally at the United Nations (“Major Rally For Israel At UN Urges Hamas Defeat”) in the Aug. 1 issue. Indeed, they are both deserving of much praise as we suffer the daily loss of our soldiers. The words of the various spokespersons speak volumes to the comprehension of the situation, particularly when weighed against the enormous propaganda generated by our enemies.
The Aug. 1 editorial, “Give War A Chance,” quotes [former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.] Michael Oren as saying that “military actions are sometimes an important ancillary to diplomacy.” I agree with that principle, and I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against an onslaught of rockets aimed at civilians and tunnels leading into populated areas.
The national and international news media, by reducing the current conflict between the nation of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas to little more than body count, is at best sloppy and lazy. At the median it is a collaboration with the primitive, barbaric and atavistic terrorist murderers that Israel is trying to protect itself from. At worst it is consistent with the vilest forms of anti-Semitic blood libel.
Those who suggest Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO/Fatah have become the moderates in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict are fallacious (“When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass,” Editor’s column, July 25). The Palestinian National Charter of 1968 called for the elimination of Israel:
The article, “Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount” (July 25), does well to highlight the divisions within the American Jewish community regarding Operation Protective Edge. And while we at Partners for Progressive Israel do oppose this war, we do not oppose it because we are, “invested in being critical of Israeli policies,” as your article quotes Thane Rosenbaum as having said..
The July 18 article “Freedom Summer Memories” is only partly accurate about the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City and the Freedom Party challenge. Some whites/Jews (e.g. Joe Rauh) did surrender to President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s fake “compromise.” But others, especially younger Jews (like me, Marcus Raskin, others) who had been legislative assistants on Capitol Hill were invited, too, and did work closely with the Freedom Democrats and supported their decision to reject the fake compromise.
It was gratifying to read that the editor of The Jewish Week has now joined the pro-Israel watchdogs who have been all over the New York Times for its slanted coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (“New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False,” July 18). It must have been an epiphany for a former defender of the Times’ Mideast coverage. His earlier belief that the newspaper’s occasional flaws were not consistent or inherent, had been disproved by CAMERA [a pro-Israel media watchdog group]; it found from July to December 2011 “a disproportionate, continuous embedded indictment of Israel that dominates views and commentary sections. Israeli views are downplayed, while Palestinian perspectives, especially criticism of Israel are amplified and even promoted.”