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  • Seeking answers on Hagel

    To the Editor: Why does JTA end its story on Chuck Hagel noting the softening tone of Jewish critics with a quote from the marginal organization J Street? Is this the JTA view also? Why doesn’t the story provide the evidence that Hagel’s positions on Israel are distorted, as Hagel claims? Hagel claims that the… More ▸

  • Left is clueless on gun control

    To the Editor: The Ron Kampeas article about the horrors that occurred in Newtown, Conn., said that "Jewish groups" were weighing in on the event by calling for more gun control. The piece then referred to a Reform rabbi and B’nai B’rith. I am embarrassed when the term "Jewish" is substituted for what is really… More ▸

  • Obama not a top gentile in ’12

    To the Editor: Re "Gentiles of the Year 2012": If anyone in his right mind would list supporters of Israel and Jewish causes, surely Canadian Prime Minister Harper should take first place, and all those wonderful people who spoke up in defense of Israel should follow, including Nazi hunters, sportscasters, etc. Milliped is cute and… More ▸

  • Dermer should work for religious freedom

    To the Editor: I invite Ron Dermer, in whatever position he serves, to bring his "American sensibilities" to the issues of religious freedom for all Jews, regardless of gender or adjective, within the the Jewish State of Israel. Given his close relationship with Natan Sharansky, who has just been charged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… More ▸

  • Access for all to Israel’s holy sites

    To the Editor: We American Jews, the majority of which are not Orthodox, have a great affinity for Israel, and it is not just the sense of justice that brings the deep support that Israel receives from the U.S. government. The security, vitality and pride in a vibrant Israel is a core value of American… More ▸

  • NIF gets things wrong, particularly when it comes to NGO Monitor

    To the Editor, The heated public exchange between New Israel Fund and Israeli student group Im Tirzu is part of an important debate on the international political activities and impacts of NIF-sponsored Israeli NGOs that claim a human rights agenda. In his response to Im Tirtzu, however, NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch throws a few side… More ▸

  • J Street is no voice for pro-Israel community

    To the Editor: I got a laugh out of JTA quoting J Street’s Jeremy Ben Ami on pro-Israel congressional leaders who are retiring. So now J Street, the far left pressure group that opposes almost all of the Israeli government’s positions, speaks for the pro-Israel community in the U.S.? I don’t think so. I imagine… More ▸

  • In Newtown tragedy, Jewishness doesn’t matter

    To the Editor: Regarding your article titled "Jewish 6-year-old Noah Pozner youngest of Newtown shooting victims," it seems callous to bring religion into this. This has nothing to do with religion, yet you’ve found a way to insert it into this emotionally complicated tragedy. There’s no need to highlight any characteristic of the victims. There’s… More ▸

  • Honest about dreidel record

    To the Editor: Pursuant to the updated article you wrote concerning the dreidel spinoff at Binghamton University, I am writing to clarify exactly what occurred. The Associated Press article was published 20 minutes after the event. We were contacted by AP immediately after the event and gave its reporter all the information we had —… More ▸