His View: Republicans Over Democrats
Editor-in-chief Joshua Runyan’s recent idealistic essay is, alas, unrealistic because anti-Israel attitudes and actions permeate the Democratic Party’s leadership and followers (“Valuing Person Over Party,” April 13).
Note the undeniable Republican-Democrat split when former President Obama allowed the United Nations to declare Jewish habitation of Jerusalem’s Old City to be illegal, thereby empowering the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel; and when he provided a path to fund Iran’s maniacal leaders and their military programs.
Such party-line discipline by anti-Jewish enablers would previously have been broken by the likes of then-Sens. Henry Jackson, Stuart Symington, Abraham Ribicoff and Herbert Kohl.
They compare, tragically, with the current crop of Democrats.
These forces must be reversed before authentic bipartisanship allows those worried about Israel’s survival to vote for any person who aligns with the Democratic Party.
Robert Sklaroff | Abington
Place the Blame Where it Belongs
A free press must be balanced and objective. But sometimes the misguided application of this principle leads to a false equivalency that distorts truth.
This is the case in Joshua Runyan’s column (“Plenty of Blame to Go Around,” March 2). In his article, he references a statement by the Anne Frank Center that President Trump “has given the oxygen of incitement to some of the most viciously hateful elements of our society.” Then he makes the absurd non-sequitur, “That’s like blaming President Obama for fueling the high-profile killings of unarmed black men by police in his second term.”
Trump began his campaign with a racist, xenophobic rant against Mexicans, and continued with a campaign that legitimized prejudice in a way not seen in recent American politics by a candidate of a major party for the presidency. To try to deflect responsibility for the current, toxic environment from the words and actions of Trump is the height of journalistic irresponsibility.
Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom | Elkins Park
We Will Survive
As we listened to our ninth grandchild, Brandon, become a Bar Mitzvah, it occurred to us how wonderful it is to be a Jewish person (“Action Required to Defeat Anti-Semitism,” March 9).
No matter how we are mistreated, no matter who destroys our cemeteries, sends threatening notes to our religious schools or defaces our synagogues, we will survive.
The anti-Semites of the world cannot stop us. As long as another Jew is born or becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and families talk about the importance of being Jewish, we will continue to survive.
Gloria Gelman | Bustleton