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Letters for the week of March 10, 2017

Crime-fighters needed

Why haven’t law enforcement and the FBI uncovered those who are committing the appalling anti-Semitic acts of vandalizing Jewish cemeteries and making bomb threats to Jewish community centers and synagogues?

Is this ineptitude — or failure to take these depredations with the seriousness they deserve?

Bring in the Israeli intelligence service. Within a month, its investigators would uncover the perpetrators, who would be stymied, brought to justice and punished to the full extent our laws allow.

David Fisher,
San Francisco


Root, root, root for Israel

Thank you for the Feb. 27 article “North Bay pitcher to throw chai heat for Team Israel Baseball,” profiling Bay Area native Gabe Cramer, a member of Israel’s squad in the World Baseball Classic, which began this week.

Israel won its first two games after being declared, by some, as the biggest underdog in the history of the WBC, as noted in an ESPN article that declared the Israelis “essentially the Mighty Ducks, Hickory High, and the Jamaican bobsled team all rolled into one.”

I say a more apt analogy for Team Tribe — which consists mostly of Jewish American journeyman players such as pitcher Jason Marquis and former Oakland A’s Sam Fuld, Nate Freiman and Ike Davis, and whose team mascot is an oversized “Mensch on a Bench” — may be the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team.

In its first game in Seoul, against two-time tournament medalist South Korea, Israel pulled off a 2-1 upset in 10 innings, with unheralded pitcher Josh Zeid earning the win. Less than 24 hours later, the Israelis pounded Chinese Taipei 15-7, with Freiman blasting a three-run homer and Davis driving in two.

Looks like Team Israel’s fans picked the right week to root for an underdog with a mensch on the bench!

Steven A. Silver,
San Francisco


Trump’s election is not cause of anti-Semitism

Your Feb. 24 editorial “Outbreak of anti-Semitic acts must be shut down now” had a logical headline, and your suggested basis for the problem — President Trump’s election — had an openly stated reason of being a “pure guess.”

You have taken political bias to an extreme while stating that there is no objective evidence for that theory.

World events in the last 15 years provide a more useful and objective source from which to make conclusions about the horrific anti-Semitic threats at JCCs across the U.S. and the desecration of headstones at several Jewish cemeteries.

The left-wing press dominating Europe and the U.S. has labeled Israel an apartheid terror state for more than a decade. European polls consistently reflect those news media reports and label Israel — not North Korea or Iran — the most dangerous nation for world peace. The U.N. Human Rights Council has condemned Israel more than 30 times in recent years while never mentioning the terror-inculcating Palestinian Authority, Iran or North Korea. The demand for a “Jew-free” Palestinian state bothers nobody.

Sweden’s anti-Semitic problem is so great that the large Jewish population of Malmo faces real, physical danger from the new, majority population of Muslims. European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor was reported as saying in 2012 that Sweden is “the only European country that is refusing to discuss the problem of anti-Semitism prevailing within its borders.”

In December 2016, the U.N. Security Council passed resolution 2334, blaming the absence of Middle East peace singularly on Israel and new housing developments in Judea and Samaria. The U.S., under President Obama, sat quietly and ignominiously by — not objecting (unconcerned that the PLO, founded in 1964, sought to destroy Israel before Israel’s 1967 defensive war). Thus, America tacitly joined the Israel/Jew-haters of Europe.

There are reasons aplenty for anti-Semitism. Don’t make up more.

Fred Korr,
Oakland