Instruments of reclamation
I appreciated reading Jack L. Greenberg?s ?Never surrender? (Letters, Sept. 16). As soon as a properly constituted Sanhedrin will replace the godless Israeli Knesset (Parliament) and Supreme Court, who agreed that Gaza is not part of the State of Israel, Mr. Greenberg will be provided with the instrument to reclaim the entire Land of Israel, based on the Biblical promise. Pending that event, I trust that he and/or his eligible offspring will enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces. I am sure that he would not (God forbid) want only other Jews to be shedding their blood to get him back ?his land and his inheritance.?
The good news, as I see it, is that apparently not all inhabitants of that famous Staedtel Chelm perished with it. Some escaped and made it to the ?goldene Medineh.?
I was shocked and dismayed at the headline on the September 16 issue of JTNews: ?Israeli hurricane aid offer rebuffed.? The headline gives the impression that Israel was singled out by our government to have their offers of help turned back.
Why, I asked myself, would our government, which supposedly has a good relationship with Israel, not allow Israel to help in this time of unprecedented need? Then I read the article.
As I read, it became clear that what was true (and not news at all) was that Bush had at first refused help from all foreign countries, arrogantly stating ?we take care of our own.?
Why did the JTNews feel the need to headline that Israel was rebuffed? Unless I?m missing something, Israel was not singled out…not this time. The headline is extremely misleading. Our government has given us plenty of reasons to be angry, but let?s not create a political situation between our government and Israel where none exists.
Pitching the tent
As you know, Temple B?nai Torah of Bellevue wants to host the Tent City, following the tradition and positive experience of churches in our region and of Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
My ?expertise? is simply talking to the organizers of the Bothell city and the one at Beth Am. In both cases, they report even fewer problems than they anticipated, and they were the advocates for trying one. All of the anxiety about safety was helpful, in leading to precautions, but the precautions worked. None of the feared crimes and excessive noise and congestion became reality.
This has all the indicators of a win-win project for Bellevue and for the greater Seattle Jewish community. B?nai Torah has leadership, lay and professional, passionately committed to helping the poor. They will do this holy task effectively and respectfully.
Please support their efforts.
Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman
Temple Beth Or
Everyone who spread the word
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your help in getting the word out about our community event, ?Post 9/11: The Tension Between Security and Civil Liberties.? The September 12 panel discussion focused on the USA PATRIOT Act and drew a crowd of over 150 people. Hosted by the PNW-ADL, the event was co-sponsored by a group of distinguished organizations, some of which were unfortunately not mentioned in the initial community page notice.
The community needs to know that the broad-based support we had for this event came from a multitude of different groups, not all of which were Jewish. To set the record straight, the co-sponsors included Seattle First United Methodist Church, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, Hate Free Zone Washington, the American Muslims of Puget Sound, the American Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Committee.
We also want to thank Starbucks for providing coffee and tea for the event. These organizations deserve to be recognized for their willingness to share their valuable time and energy by helping to spread the word about this community forum and, most important, for their participation in helping to educate the public on these important issues.
Linda J. Clifton
Civil Rights Co-Chair
PNW Anti-Defamation League
A time for intolerance?
It is time to recognize that humankind can no longer tolerate, excuse, or condone inciters of terrorism or the mentors of suicide bombers. Extremists who preach hatred and terror must not be permitted to function under a cloak of a ?free speech? tradition.
Had the world condemned the recruiters of the many suicide bombers who have murdered thousands in Israel since 1993, the shocking number of those who followed would have been substantially curtailed.
Instead, extremists have been encouraged by public demonstrations against Israel and the United States. They believe Israel deserved the punishment and so suicide bombing is explained, forgiven, and forgotten until it hits other parts of the world. The result has been the significant acceleration of inhuman acts of violence by suicide bombers.
Throughout the world, recruiters must be identified, removed from society, and indicted for crimes against humanity. These inciters have, in fact, hijacked the Islamic faith. They have brought anger towards peaceful Muslim men, women, and children who are often their victims; who fear and loathe terrorist attacks as much as Christians and Jews.
It is urgent that nations individually and collectively enact new emergency laws immediately, or what has happened in the past 13 years will rapidly increase. Bombings in London, America, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Chechnya, Kenya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, and Lebanon are the introduction to further violence.
The United Nations must take a key role in mounting a collective worldwide defensive movement that eliminates the acceptance and proliferation of terrorist recruiters. Cowardly attacks against humanity organized by inciters who sit safely behind protected fronts can be stopped. The United Nations has the capacity to act on this issue that affects every one of its members. Clearly, the atrocities of suicide bombers and other inciters must not be tolerated any longer.
Irvin J. Borowsky
American Interfaith Institute