Letters, the Week of March 3, 2016

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Readers discuss Donald Drumpf and the Zionist Organization of America.

Learn From the Past Before It’s too Late
On Feb. 28, Donald Drumpf refused to disavow the KKK and David Duke. This is the last straw. Have we as Jews forgotten the Franks lynching and Birth of a Nation? Have we forgotten Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney? Drumpf has accepted support from white supremacists who would stage another Kristallnacht if they could.
Are those in the Republican Jewish Committee aware that polling in 1940 showed 62 percent of Americans opposed the accepting of Jewish refugees from Europe? Do these sycophants recall the tragedy of the SS Saint Louis, a ship filled with German Jewish refugees that was denied acceptance into the U.S.? For Jews to support Drumpf is a shanda in light of his inflammatory position on immigration.
I will paraphrase Rev. Niemoller:
First, they came for the Mexicans but I didn’t care — I wasn’t a Mexican
Next, they came for the Muslims but I didn’t care — I wasn’t a Muslim
Next, they came for women but I didn’t care — I wasn’t a woman
Next, they came for the disabled but I didn’t care — I wasn’t disabled
Finally, they came for me, and when I looked around for help, there was none — everyone else had already been rounded up.
Santayana has said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully, Jews of all political persuasions and denominational leanings will recognize the inherent danger in possibly repeating history It should also be noted that Jewish populations throughout history have been victims of the same type of banishments and mass deportations (or worse) that Drumpf proposes.
Richard Saunders | Eagleville
Setting the Record Straight
In Jennifer Dekel’s op-ed (“Congress At Its Best,” Feb. 25), she falsely claims that her boss, EMET’s Sarah Stern, “spearheaded the passage of the Koby Mandell Act,” creating an office in the U.S. Department of Justice to capture and prosecute terrorists who have murdered Americans overseas.
Although Stern worked for the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) during a portion of this effort, many others at ZOA made this happen. After the passage of this bill, Sherry Mandel, Koby Mandel’s mother said, “We want to thank the Zionist Organization of America for initiating this fight for justice.” Stephen Flatow, father of terror victim Alisa Flatow, said, “We want to thank the ZOA for being the only organization to have made this bill and this fight a priority and being relentless in this pursuit of justice.” And The Jerusalem Post’s Uriel Heilman wrote, in an article on June 8, 2005, “The ZOA…spearheaded the drive to get the bill passed last year,” and quoted ZOA’s Morton Klein as saying, “We really needed this legislation.”
The New York Times ran a major article saying that “an intense three-year campaign by Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America” was “important” on this issue. ZOA’s campaign included ads in the Times and elsewhere, organizing U.S. Senate and House press conferences, publishing op-eds and letters, and distributing a ZOA booklet entitled, “The Forgotten Victims: Americans Murdered By Palestinian Arab Terrorists.”
Another key factor in the passage of this legislation was a private meeting between Mort and the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), a close personal friend of his, who promised Mort he would personally lead the fight to get this bill passed. It passed in December 2004.
Dr. Michael Goldblatt | Chairman of the Board, Zionist Organization of America

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