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April 30, 2014
Letters the Week of May 1, 2014
BZBI Made the Wrong Choice in Speaker
Regarding “Fiercely Proud of the Way BZBI Made Its Decision” (Opinion, April 24): It was July 31, 2002 when the Frank Sinatra cafeteria of Hebrew University was the scene of great carnage. The shrapnel-filled bomb killed nine and wounded close to 100 others. Family and friends speak of their on-going grieving. The shock may be over but the loss remains.
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s decision to host BDS supporter David Harris-Gershon, whose wife was wounded in the attack, may have been “democratically” decided, but they chose wrongly.
Harris-Gershon, author of What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, contacted the terrorist’s family, they met and he said their discussions helped him “heal.” As a supporter of the anti-Israel movement that advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions, he more easily excuses Arab culpability so he can more easily heal. The innocent dead and wounded — and their families — are not as lucky.
Roberta E. Dzubow | Plymouth Meeting
Rabbi’s Ukraine Statements Called Untrue
It was with interest I read the recent article “Russia and Ukraine at War — Among the Jews Anyway” (Online, March 31), which highlights the differing views of the Jewish community in Ukraine and Russia toward the Russian army’s occupation and annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.
While it is odd for the chief rabbi of Russia to make blanket statements about anti-Semitism in another country, Rabbi Berel Lazar has the right to his opinion about Ukraine.
On the other hand, he does not have the right to his own set of facts about anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in Russia and Ukraine. He is quoted in the article as saying that “in the last 15 years, I’ve never seen anything similar” to the attacks in Ukraine is simply untrue.
I am sure Rabbi Lazar remembers the brutal attack and stabbing of eight congregants by a Neo-Nazi of a Moscow synagogue in 2006. At the time, Rabbi Lazar said, “We won’t be silent.” Lazar told a news conference in Moscow recently, referring to Ukraine: “We are expecting that the state organs, law-enforcement agencies will take real measures so that these types of incidents will not occur again.”
One can hope the chief rabbi would focus on his own community before making accusations about Ukraine and the Ukrainian Jewish community.
Jed Sunden | former owner and publisher, Kyiv Post and Korrespondent.net.