Letters, the Week of March 23, 2017


Jewish Embrace of Refugees Is Dangerous

The letter from David L. Levine was excellent (“Efforts to Help Muslims Often Backfire,” March 16).

He wrote about the danger and foolishness of Jews helping Muslims to enter America as supposed refugees. In 1492, the Jews of Spain were so allied with Islam that when the Muslims were expelled, the Jews were also expelled from Spain. Similarly, today’s left-wing Jews of France, the United Kingdom and the rest of Western Europe have foolishly assisted Muslims into entering their nations — only to be kicked in the teeth. Just look at the murders and terrorism suffered by Jews from so-called Muslim refugees.

This January, and again in February, American women marched in opposition to President Trump. What the marchers, especially Jewish women, failed to realize is that these marches were led by Muslim enemies of Jews, especially the vicious Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian proponent of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Why do so many foolish Jews align themselves with our enemies? Sadly, I can only guess that the blind leftism of many Jews is more compelling than G-d, the Torah and Israel. A sad situation!

Howard Hyman | Jamison

Trump Breeds Hate and Division

I read with great disappointment Joshua Runyan’s column “Plenty of Blame to Go Around” (March 9). Some of his statements in this article are so preposterous that it undermines the legitimacy of all his other work.

Since coming down the escalator in Trump Tower in June 2015 to announce his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has built a campaign of hate and divisiveness. Unfortunately, he has continued this route as president as well. Whether it be building a wall to keep Mexicans from crossing our southern border, signing executive orders illegally designed to keep Muslims from entering this country, reversing protections for transgender students from using the bathrooms they identify with, Trump has promoted hate, made fringe groups more vulnerable and been decidedly anti-American.

President George W. Bush at least had “compassionate conservatism.” His father sought a “kinder, gentler nation.” And the venerable Ronald Reagan saw Washington as the “shining city on a hill.” Trump will forever be known for hate and division.

Runyan’s argument that it is “merely correlative” that there has been a rise in anti-Semitism since Trump’s inauguration is flat out wrong and blind to the realities that Trump has inspired people to threaten minorities. His statement that it is “like blaming President Obama for fueling the high-profile killings of unarmed black man” is blatantly wrong. President Obama never fueled hateful actions through his speech, but at all times encouraged peace and understanding between those who are different.

Finally, Runyan’s comment that “Trump’s brand of populism is just as dangerous as that practiced by the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party” is also simply not correct. Sanders sought to end privileges for the 1 percent and to provide for those who need it the most.

Making excuses for President Trump’s actions, or somehow minimizing the severity of them, must be rejected because it only further enables actions that threaten those in our society who need the freedoms and protections afforded by the Constitution the most.

Joel Cheskis | Harrisburg


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