October 12, 2006
At-risk youth; Much more Mathout; Donkeys vs. Elephants—the beef goes on
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That both groups ultimately admitted Hezbollah committed war crimes does not make them balanced -- they each released some 20 statements and only a few focused on Hezbollah. We would love to believe human rights groups care about Israeli civilians as much as other civilians, but the record shows that simply isn't the case.
In their recent ads in The Jewish Journal, the Republican Jewish Coalition clearly and convincingly stated that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to support Israel. In response, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) claimed that support for Israel is actually bipartisan. Unfortunately, Berman is just plain wrong.
Research shows that the majority of dissenting votes in Congress against pro-Israel legislation are Democrats. And, beyond votes, even Democrat Jewish politicians themselves who do support Israel do not speak out against those who do not. Instead, they either join in partisan attacks on pro-Israel U.S. Ambassador John Bolton (Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.] and Sen. Barbara Boxer [D-Calif.]) or remain silent about hostile national Democrats, from Jimmy Carter to Congressmen John Conyers (D-Mich.), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), Fortney Pete Stark (D-Fremont), et al, (some of whom might become chairman of House committees) to new Muslim congressional candidate Keith Ellison a Minnesota Democrat.
Also, where are the public voices of local Jewish Democrats Zev Yaroslavsky and Jack Weiss railing against the L.A. County Human Relations Commission award to Israel-basher Dr. Maher Hathout or the United Teachers of Los Angeles committee seeking a boycott and sanctions against Israel? As with other Democrats, they are silent.
Bobbi Leigh Zito
I am ashamed of the lack of tolerance shown by supposedly liberal minds against conservative Jewish political views. I am ashamed of the mean spirits, closed minds and bitter attitudes of left-wing Jews who worry more about Islamo-phobia than Islamo-fascism.
The nastiness of the left against all things Republican, Jewish, and now Jewish Republican is shameful. Jewish Republicans are at the forefront of defending and supporting Israel and working with our administration to confront global anti-Semitism.
Democrats, think about it and come join us.
The rage that loyal Jewish Democrats express over the RJC ads would seem misplaced.
The truth hurts, but it is hard to smooth over the fact that today's American anti-Israel activists, including supporters of Palestinian terrorism, supporters of Hezbollah an Hamas, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, supporters of divestment from Israel, et al are supporters of the Democratic Party.
Unless Jewish Democrats have been sleeping, surely they have seen that the growing worldwide trend of left-wing organizations and personalities (Hugo Chavez?) are consistently aligned against Israel (and America). Unfortunately, American left-wing activists are following the same trend and the Democratic Party is now their home.
Faith and Season
Rob Eshman in his "Faith and Season" editorial mentions that some people may think that religion is "the cause of human misery" (Oct. 6). Actually, I believe it is the interpretation of the holy books that is the cause of human misery.
Fundamentalists believe that their particular holy book is the only truth. Instead of respecting the beliefs of other religions, they feel threatened, which can lead to violence. Why do evangelical Christians believe that ultimately all Jews must accept Jesus as their savior and more liberal Christians respect the perpetuation of Judaism? Why do fundamentalist Muslims believe that martyrs receive dozens of virgins in paradise, whereas a more liberal interpretation of the Quran indicates that they receive only dozens of raisins?
It would be far better if all religions acknowledged that their holy books should be read as literature, and that one law-abiding religion is no better or worse than any other.
Abandonment of proselytizing could be the first step toward world peace.
Martin J. Weisman
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