Letters, the Week of May 11, 2017

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Omnivores of the World, Unite

I found the article about Alex Hershaft both poignant and uplifting, as most stories highlighting Holocaust reflections tend to be, but I found Hershaft’s tale a huge leap from recalling the senseless horrific slaughter of human beings to becoming a vegetarian (“Survivor’s Life Experiences Prompted Animal Rights Advocacy,” May 4). I can empathize with those who find eating something once alive distasteful, but I take issue with the statement, “Animals are the most defenseless, most vulnerable …” Most are stronger, faster and more ferocious than man.

Homo sapiens only defense is the brain, which is responsible for continued existence. Even the Bible grants man dominion over other animals, and kosher laws were intended to make butchering painless.

Man hunted for survival long before he learned to cultivate crops. I reject Hershaft’s statement that we oppress animals. It is just the opposite: We strive to save species from extinction while breeding some exclusively for food.

Ralph D. Bloch | Rydal

Sen. Bob Casey Is a True Friend

The claim that Sen. Bob Casey is not an ally of Israel deserves a response (“Jeff Bartos Says Sen. Casey Shouldn’t Go to Bat for Pennsylvania Residents Anymore,” May 4).

It is Casey who urged the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Security Council to veto the one-sided resolution against Israel last December. It is Casey who introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which enshrines the definition of anti-Semitism in federal law and encourages the Department of Education to eliminate anti-Semitism on college campuses. It is Casey who has spoken out against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and who has publicly disapproved of European Union regulations regarding products produced in Israel.

While Casey did vote to allow the Iran nuclear deal to proceed, he has also been clear that should Iran violate the agreement, then sanctions should snap back in place. He has also called for continued sanctions against Iran for financing terrorist organizations that threaten Israel.

Nobody should be confused about where Casey stands: He is a friend of Israel.

Geoffrey Middleberg | Richboro

No Fan of Lawn Signs

Thank you Ronald Werrin for your voice of reason (“Hate Should Have a Home Here,” April 27). When you say that these lawn signs offer “an empty statement, which displays naiveté and narcissism,” you can add hypocrisy to the list.

The fact is, many who display these signs hate quite strongly, just at a made-up enemy. These signs are being distributed at my Conservative synagogue in Montgomery County, and it embarrasses me. I wish more people had the courage to speak up. I know several other congregants who feel as I do, but won’t express themselves so as to not make waves.

Matthew Zucker | Worcester

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