Letters

Had It With The Times

08/06/2014
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Many thanks to Gary Rosenblatt for his column for his column, “New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False” (July 18).

Preserving Freedom

08/06/2014
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 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.

Deserving Of Praise

08/06/2014
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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.

Ashkelon

Diplomacy Is Primary

08/06/2014
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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.

Peres Misguided

07/30/2014
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With the tumultuous recent unfolding of world events, there runs a risk of not taking note of the retirement of Shimon Peres after decades of public service.

Sloppy And Lazy

07/30/2014
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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.

Nachal Private, IDF (ret.)

On Record Against Compromise

07/30/2014
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 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:

Consequences Of Israeli Firepower

07/30/2014
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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..

Freedom Summer And LBJ

07/23/2014
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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.

Times’ Indicting Israel

07/23/2014
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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.”

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