Letters to the Editor
Who's really guilty of blood libel?
In response to Gideon Levy's piece "Survey:Most Israeli Jews advocate discrimination against Arab citizens," October 23
Mr. Eliezer Kreindler calls it "akin to a blood libel." In fact Mr. Kreindler's letter is a libel.
When was the last time he visited Hebron? Streets for Jews only, roads in the West Bank where no Palestinian can drive. Of course this is apartheid. Rabbis that call for punishment for anyone who rents or sells their home to an Arab - this is apartheid. Calling this "blood libel" is more horrific than any article even if there were a few errors, corrected today by Levy himself.
There are laws on the books that would have me arrested if I call for a boycott of goods manufactured in the occupied settlements. And the attitude of cabinet ministers to refugees escaping countries to stay alive - is that not apartheid?
Sorry Mr. Kreindler you should study what blood libel is. We are slowly moving towards an apartheid single state. And there are many politicians calling exactly for that.
My family's extraordinary days at Emory U
In response to "Emory University apologizes for anti-Semitic past" (JTA, October 11 )
I found the October 11 article about the Emory University Dental School's apology very interesting. Notwithstanding the unacceptable behavior of Emory, I want to share my family's history with the university starting in the 1920s. My mother, Annette Geffen Raskas, was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She and five of her seven siblings attended Emory and received a total of eight degrees from the university. At that time Emory was a Methodist University and women were not generally permitted to enroll. My mother's father was Rabbi Tuvia Geffen, Chief Rabbi of Atlanta, and he approached Emory's President, Bishop William Candler, asking if there was any possibility that his daughter Annette could attend Emory. The Bishop explained that there were three options for women. Women in the Methodist religious order could attend; relatives of Emory staff members were admissible (but the Bishop apologized that no Jewish studies department existed for Rabbi Geffen ); and lastly, employees of the University could enroll.
Bishop Candler proceeded to arrange a job for my mother in the University library, which enabled here to earn an undergraduate and masters degree in biology. She was fortunate that there were no longer any Saturday classes at that time, so she did not have to walk the many miles each Shabbat that her three older brothers had to tread while earning their degrees at Emory before her. Six of Rabbi Geffen's grandchildren and their families now live in Israel including journalist David Geffen of Jerusalem, who is also a graduate of Emory.
Chairman the Board of Overseers of Yeshiva College
New Rochelle, New York
Khenin is the best MK to vote for
In response to "There's no one to vote for," October 16,
The juxtaposition of a photo of MK Dov Khenin with the title of this article represents extremely poor journalistic judgment and editing. Although Dov Khenin may not be the perfect candidate for "a secular, liberal, democratic and fair-minded Arab [or Jewish] citizen," he comes closer than any of his 119 fellow MKs, any one of whose photos would be a more appropriate illustration.