Open Expression



I was so pleased to read Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Advocacy Gone Awry” (March 15). I have personally felt the anguish of being dubbed anti-Semitic and anti-Israel because in a number of recent communications I have expressed my frustration with the continued expansion of settlements in the West Bank and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s lack of pushing the two-state solution.


Personally I find many people’s attitudes narrow-minded and seemingly fostering hatred. But I don’t tell them they have no right to express their opinions. On the contrary — I believe it is the Jewish thing to do to engage in difficult debate over difficult issues. This is the basis of the Talmud.

What makes the JCC such a wonderful institution is the fact that it’s a place where all of us can find a means of expression. Hopefully an open, democratic Jewish homeland in Israel will also prevail.

Hastings On Hudson, N.Y.