The recent articles about Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt (June 5, June 12) are another reminder of the long and impressive history of editor Gary Rosenblatt and his reporters in examining sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in Jewish institutions, organizations and communities. No doubt this courageous editor, his staff, and the newspaper have paid a price for their crucial work — in terms of attacks and subscription cancellations.
In “No Way to Treat an Ally” (Editor’s column, June 19), Gary Rosenblatt leads us to the tip of a nasty iceberg that many suspected. But it took Israel’s former ambassador, Michael Oren, and his blockbuster new book to reveal [it]. The dirty secret was years of abuse and bullying of the soft-spoken, dignified, brilliant, centrist Oren as well as Israel’s prime minister by administration officials and Democratic supporters as well as the President himself.
It’s a relief to see serious funding being channeled to counter vicious BDS accusations (“Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Jewish Community,” June 19). But along with directing money to campus programming and arming students with talking points to factually and articulately respond to Israel bashing, I hope that funds will be channeled to create a strong, visible, search engine-optimized website that provides facts to counter the fictions promoted by BDS.
I beg to differ with my old friend, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld (“Tighten JCF Guidelines,” Letters, June 19). As a past president of Jewish Communal Fund and someone who created a donor advised fund at JCF nearly 40 years ago, my experience with JCF has been as professional as one can imagine.
The disconnect underlying Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’” May 29) is not the discord reported between the views of some liberal American-Jewish leaders and the positions of Israelis representing a right-wing government just elected. It’s the likely misperception of those U.S. Jews attending this JPPI (Jewish Policy Planning Institute), believing they represent mainstream Jewish thinking here, who were frustrated that their J Street-type criticisms [of Israel] were not taken more seriously.
Steve Lipman’s article (“Helping Israeli Arabs Join The High-Tech Revolution,” April 24) on Israeli Arab penetration of the high-tech area was certainly correct in what it said about the issues involved. But the way he described Prime Minister Netanyahu was basically wrong. The article inferred that Netanyahu’s anti-Arab stance made these advances all the more remarkable because they occurred despite the government.