Letters to the Editor: Trump, anti-Jewish Hate Crimes and a Crisis in Jordan

This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting with teachers, school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Regarding “The five top Jewish leaders more concerned with threats to Trump than to U.S. Jews,” (Haaretz.com, March 1).

Bradley Burston contends that, “since January alone,” there have been “nearly 200 serious incidents of anti-Semitism.” While the anti-Semitic incidents are serious and deeply worrying – cemetery desecrations, threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers –the Association of Jewish Community Centers has stated that there have been approximately 100 such incidents in the past two months, not 200 in one month.

Burston also contends that some Jewish leaders, including me, have been much more vocal and much more concerned in defense of Donald Trump than in defense of America’s Jews.

Again, Burston is wrong and has failed to do his research: as reported in Haaretz, I publicly called for President Trump to condemn the recent anti-Semitic incidents before he did so. Does Burston not consult his own newspaper?

President Trump was late in criticizing the recent incidents, but when he criticized it, he did so strongly and forthrightly and foreshadowed government action to deal with it. This is only correct: Since 1999, the anti-Jewish share in hate crimes committed in the United States has never fallen below 50 percent.

Morton A. Klein

National President,
Zionist Organization of America

Regarding “Jordan claims it’s business as usual, but growing threats may undermine kingdom” (Haaretz.com, March 9)

Zvi Bar’el is right that the situation in Jordan is worrisome. No one should underestimate the dire social and economic impacts of refugees on Jordan’s institutions, health and education services and economy. As Bar’el has stated most refugees live in urban conurbations, increasing the population, sharing the dwindling resources, causing economic constraints in a country experiencing moderate to severe water stress (the second poorest nation on earth in terms of water dearth). Jordan has been a safe haven for refugees fleeing conflicts, persecution and civil strife in neighboring countries and far beyond. However, it has reached a breaking point, the saturation point in fulfilling its humanitarian obligations on behalf of the whole global community; something even the most advanced wealthy nations struggled to emulate. Crucially, the failure to reach a just and lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict won’t be without consequences.

Whether someone believes it or not, this issue remains a rallying cry for terrorists bent on peddling fear and destruction and rekindling religious intolerance. One thing is sure: The international community would be better advised helping Jordan in its hour of need, remaining an anchor of peace, security and stability.

Dr. Munjed Farid Al Qutob