Letters | May 30, 2019


Students commended

Regarding “Local students push for gun safety” (May 23), the confirmation class of Temple Emanuel and their families should be so very proud of what these young men and women have accomplished. Their empathy and caring for the loss of so many students by gun violence exemplifies their kindness and their maturity in memorializing those students who were murdered in school during this past year. Congratulations to the creators of the “Yearbook of the Fallen” for a notable accomplishment.

Silver Spring


Republican deflections


The Republican Party has good reason to deflect attention from far-right anti-Semitism (“Dems say GOP ignores far-right anti-Semitism,” May 23).

Although BDS supporters and Democratic members of Congress Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) have made verbally inflammatory anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks that must be condemned, none of them have perpetrated physical violence. Robert Bowers and John Earnest, two white nationalists who have attacked synagogues and killed their worshippers, are two far-right extremists who share President Donald Trump’s views of intolerance toward those who are neither white nor Christian.

So it is understandable that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) would want to turn their attention away from their own party’s far more dangerous strange political bedfellows.


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  1. Barry Dwork’s Letter “Republican Deflections” overlooks a few key points.

    The two synagogue shooters were not Republican elected officials and in fact resented Trump’s strong support for Israel and close relationship with Jews.

    Second, Trump condemned the shooters. In contrast, the Democratic Party and its leadership has rallied around the anti-Semitic Democratic Congresswomen and have in fact sought to justify their comments. The Democratic Party has also failed to attack the rise of leftist anti-Semitism on college campuses, much of it in association with the College Democratic Societies.

    I would suggest that Mr. Dwork work to clean up his own party before attacking a President who has been our best friend.

  2. Dear Jonathan Grant:

    I did not say that the Republican elected officials were the shooters. What I meant was that in the instance of the Pittsburgh shooter, Trump’s propaganda about George Soros being the financier of the Central American caravan incited Robert Bowers, the shooter in the Pittsburgh synagogue, to kill jewish worshippers. Bowers cited George Soros and HIAS as his enemies. He took his cue from Trump.

    As far as Trump being Israel’s best friend, what kind of a friend divulges highly classified Israeli intelligence about ISIS activities to a Russian ambassador? Plus, what kind of a friend announces a unilateral pullout of troops from Syria, when Iranian troops are at Israel’s border? “Iran can do what it wants” was his quote.

    Plus the Democratic Party did publicly condemn remarks made by those members of Congress, both verbally and in writing. Of course jewish Trump supporters won’t think that’s enough. In the same way, I don’t think it was enough for various republican elected officials to condemn the large number of neo-Nazi candidates who ran on the GOP ticket during last year’s midterm elections.

    As far as I am concerned, Ilhan Omar, who made verbally inflammatory anti-Semitic remarks, is a far lesser evil than those Neo-Nazi candidates who ran on the GOP ticket last year.


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