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06/28/2011 | | Letters

The pending litigation against the board of HASC, Inc. (“Lone HASC Critic on Board Is Dismissed,” June 24) initiated by former board member Lillian Lieberman is unfortunate, resulting in costly and unnecessary expense, and taking funds from HASC’s basic mission.

As the independent outside counsel for HASC and its board (and former deputy chief of the NY Attorney General’s Charities Bureau), I wish to clarify key points and set the record straight.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

Gary Rosenblatt writes that, on one hand, “the primary reason there has been no peace with the Palestinians is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own,” yet, on the other, that Israeli leaders must sit down “with Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, soon, while they are still in control, in an effort to avert the UN showdown and keep Hamas out of the process” (“Bad As Israel’s Situation Is, It May Well Get Worse,” June 10).

06/21/2011 | | Letters

Upon reading Elicia Brown's column, “This Land Is Your Land?” (Back Of The Book, June 10), I feel compelled to respond. Teaching her daughter Talia about Israel is a very worthwhile idea, and I have a few suggestions.

First, enroll her in a Jewish school. I know the cost is high, but the cost to Jewish identity if not enrolled is even greater. In a yeshiva or day school, she will imbibe love of Israel with the very air she breathes.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

I believe the Holocaust is unique in modern history and should be kept as a separate study. (“Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center,” June 17)

Too many nations, church leaders, etc. actively participated in the sole efforts to kill all the Jews of Europe. It went beyond the genocidal excesses we have read about in most history books and studies. Most genocidal efforts were limited to a specific area or nation. The Holocaust was to kill Jews regardless of national boundaries, belief or even ethnicity.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

Regarding "Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center" (June 17), we must not give in to irrational fears and inapplicable stereotypes.

In an era when we decry Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust, how can we be against a Muslim woman who wants to promote Holocaust research and education?

06/21/2011 | | Letters

It is true Anthony Weiner’s conduct was inappropriate and immature as were his initial lies (“Like Weiner, District’s Future Now Uncertain,” June 17). It is also true there was no physical contact involved nor did Mr. Weiner commit any crime.

Despite some brashness on his part, he was an effective Congressman who well served his constituency. Calls for his resignation by members of Congress and particularly Democratic leadership more concerned about Republicans backlash were uncalled for.