Letters | March 24, 2020

Jews did seek vengeance

Regarding “Holocaust foundation head tells Amazon to drop ‘Hunters’” (The Seen, March 19): Stephen Smith is incorrect that Jews did not seek vengeance. Right after World War II, Jewish American and Allied soldiers who had all the records were tracking down and assassinating Nazi killers hiding all over Germany. It is a well documented in Howard Blum’s book, “The Brigade”. Yes, we didn’t gas them but we did take them out of their homes and churches into the woods to execute them without trial. I don’t know why Smith needs to attack a fictional show based on an alternate reality that also shows the Jewish Hunters saving millions of lives from poisoned corn sweeteners.

After World War II, some Jews took it upon themselves to seek vengeance on Nazi murderers. The show mirrors the same plot. We should not hide from this truth of the Brigade nor should we attack Amazon for a fictional story. How about demanding that “Man in the High Castle” and the “Plot Against America” also be censored? That is the true
slippery slope.

When the bar mitzvah went on

Regarding “Coronavirus couldn’t stop Shimma Wexler’s bar mitzvah” (March 19): Eighty guests is a lot! I hope Rabbi Yaakov Benamou will rethink allowing non-essential activities that unduly expose the community to grave health risk.
Takoma Park

Democrats, arise!

So sad that a majority of my fellow Jews continue to blindly follow the Democratic Party. This despite the rising anti-Semitism, anti-Israel and pro-BDS movement taking place across the Democratic party regulars. This is in addition to economic and financial policies that clearly should put Jews in the GOP fold. Wake up and smell the challah. Jews need to migrate in mass to the GOP.

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  1. Per “Democrats, Arise”

    Like lemmings jumping off a cliff: if you believe that the Republican Party is on the right side of addressing climate change, access to health care, women’s rights, voting rights, taxation and income distribution, immigration policy (and separating kids from their parents), untenable Puerto Rico hurricane relief, and an incongruous response to the present coronavirus pandemic, sign on to the GOP. If you embrace Mr. Trump as the greatest of pro-Israel Presidents, I understand your sentiments but am uncertain that his statements and limited actions make Israel safer and more secure.
    Painting Democrats or Republicans with a broad brush stroke isn’t helpful: a handful of people may have espoused pro-Palestinian and potentially anti-Israel sentiments—hardly a pervasive movement in the Democratic party. I am more concerned by the Preseident’s stirring the cauldron of misogyny, xenophobia, and intolerance that emboldens white supremacists and misguided zealots (that’s where the anti-semitism originates and is most dangerous.)
    In the end, hopefully, we all embrace our Judaism and strong support of the State of Israel. Hopefully we can bridge our differences as a community: we’re all in the same small boat.


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