BDS a Factor in Wallace’s Loss
The election is over and the votes have been counted: the Philadelphia suburban U.S. House race saw incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick defeat challenger Scott Wallace by fewer than 9,000 votes and the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement was a deciding factor for many Jewish voters (“Heated Fight Ends in Slim Fitzpatrick Win,” Nov. 15). Readers of the Jewish Exponent may have missed that because it was largely absent from your coverage.
What is more shocking and more disappointing is that Wallace used rather extreme profanity during a debate in a Bensalem synagogue — speech inappropriate in any house of worship — and that the Exponent failed to cover the story at all.
Wallace led the Wallace Global Fund when it financially supported numerous BDS-sponsoring organizations. An Exponent investigation into just how much support the Wallace Global Fund truly has given to the BDS haters would have been a service to the local Jewish community.
Rabbi Yitzchak Gross | Americans for a Safe Israel
Archbishop Says, ‘Happy Chanukah’
As the Jewish community observes Chanukah, the beautiful Festival of Lights, I extend to all of you my prayerful best wishes, as well as the neighborly greetings of your Philadelphia-area Catholic sisters and brothers.
In our part of the world, at this time of the year, nature causes darkness to predominate more and more during the course of the day. As a result, we crave the light. It is the same at the level of our hearts and souls. The spiritual darkness of our times is terribly evident in such evils as uncivil societal discourse, assaults on human dignity like racism, and most recently, the horrific attacks in Pittsburgh on religious worshippers. We need heavenly light to see us through. May this year’s Festival of Lights be a singular inspiration to guide everyone through the darkness of our times.
Once again, please be assured of my best wishes!
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput | Archbishop of Philadelphia