If ever there was a perfect symbol of the failure of the United Nations to live up to the promise of its creators and to serve as a force for peace in the troubled Middle East, it was the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, which degenerated into an ugly festival of Israel bashing and outright anti-Semitism.
Hilary Larson's article quite aptly describes the Forest Hills-Rego Park area and the diverse nature of its Jewish community. (“Continuity In Queens,” Neighborhoods, Nov. 5)
It also highlights the names of several of its synagogues. Many of our members, myself included, were rather dismayed that the names of some of the leading synagogues in our community, including the Queens Jewish Center and Talmud Torah, which I represent, were not mentioned. The Queens Jewish Center was the first Modern Orthodox synagogue founded in the Forest Hills-Rego Park area (circa 1943).
The Jewish Week asks, in a Dec. 17 Editorial (“Nixon And Kissinger”), if "support for Israel excuses every prejudice." But what was at stake in 1973 was not support for Israel but its very survival. In the Yom Kippur War Israel quickly lost one-fourth of its top fighter planes to Russian SAMs, and defeat was imminent. It was the Kissinger/Nixon airlift of a cargo plane every hour for 30 days that saved Israel.
Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Painful Path Toward Relocating Settlers” (Dec. 17) includes several assumptions that need to be challenged.
One is that Jews need to be uprooted from the heartland of the Land of Israel; from Hebron, Beit El, The City of David, Har Bracha, so that there can be created a Palestinian state without a Jewish minority. And that Arabs may remain in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, etc., and peace will follow.
Rabbi David Ellenson ("Rabbis' Ban Of Renting To Arabs Must Be Condemned,” Opinion, Dec. 17) and the rest of the politically correct crowd are whining and making a big deal about a ruling signed by 49 Israeli rabbis. Without going into the merits, I would like to note: this is a ruling signed by a handful of rabbis and condemned by the Israeli government. It certainly is not Israeli law.
In contrast to this, it is Palestinian law not to sell real estate to Jews, under penalty of death.
Has Rabbi Ellenson condemned that?
Eeman Abuasi of the Palestinian Club condemns future generations of Israelis and Palestinians to fighting by the so-called anti-normalization stance. (“Anti-Israel Rhetoric Raises Alarms At Brooklyn College,” Dec. 17)
I am deeply disturbed by a couple of recent articles in The Jewish Week that examine the views of American Jews toward Israel. First, Peter Beinart expresses a viewpoint in his interview with Eric Herschthal (“Liberal Zionism’s Champion,” Nov. 26) that is far from the liberal Zionism he claims to ascribe to. Mr. Beinart claims Israel is not a democracy outside the 1967 borders. However, Israel has no military presence in Gaza, and its military presence in the West Bank is necessary for the protection of Jews living in it.
I have always found Gary Rosenblatt’s columns to be informative, well reasoned and sound. Unfortunately, his Dec. 10 column, “Why I Don’t Share Beinart's Pessimism,” is a disappointment in that it leaves out the horrendous details of Israel's occupation.
The pro-Israel American community and decades of Israeli propaganda have set very narrow parameters of what the American media can report on Israel.
Rabbi Zierler's excellent letter ("Pull The Plug on Gap Year In Israel," Nov. 26) brought to mind the forums on the post-high school year in Israel held at Mount Airy Lodge (in the Poconos) during the years when there was a Passover program at that hotel. Although my daughter was at the time too young to spend a year in Israel, I attended these forums because I observed that the "gap year" had become de rigueur, and I questioned whether, for a variety of reasons, all Jewish teens should devote a year to intensive study in Israel.
I read with interest Tamar Snyder’s article on the “Jewish Community’s $20,000 Gender Gap” (Dec. 3) about women not holding top professional positions in the Jewish community. I have been very troubled about this for many, many years.