U.S. should stay out of Israel military action
Re: Letter to T&V, “A majority Jewish state necessary for Israel” (Feb. 6)
To the Editor:
A few years ago Noam Chomsky tried to enter the West Bank to give a lecture. Israel wouldn’t let him in because, in Chomsky’s words, “Israel didn’t like the kinds of things I say.” Israel thought Chomsky was going to make anti-Israel comments and, as I have observed, anyone who even remotely suggests a criticism of Israel is considered anti-Semitic. So the Jewish Chomsky must be anti-Semitic as are the many Arabs, also Semites, who criticize Israel.
Unfortunately, defending Israel from every comment, even if it’s true, seems to be a knee-jerk response. While I support Israel, I also believe it is a strong country, made even stronger by our military support, and has proven to the world that it is perfectly capable of defending itself.
If Israel feels threatened by Iran or any other country and decides to go to war, then it must bear the consequences of its decision. It’s time we look for ways to bring about peace. Secretary of State John Kerry is doing just that. Thomas L Friedman wrote in the NY Times that if Kerry’s peace mission fails, it would force Israel into “either unilateral withdrawal from parts of the West Bank or annexation and granting the Palestinians there citizenship, making Israel a bi-national state…or Israel by default could become some kind of apartheid-like state in permanent control over the 2.5 million Palestinians. There are no other options.”
I mention this because a letter by John Giannone tried to warn us that America’s policy towards Israel might drag us into a war that is not of our making and not in our national interest. This letter elicited a response from a writer who informs us that Israel, just like “all nations,” including the U.S., is guilty of committing “actions that are wrong,” as if that excuses the wrong actions. He cites “the eviction of some Arabs from their homeland and certain more recent events.” It’s not “some Arabs,” but thousands who have been evicted and/or have had their olive trees uprooted, thus destroying their livelihood.
Read in The Jerusalem Post what the U.N. Humanitarian Co-ordinator James W. Rawley and the International Committee of the Red Cross have said about Israel’s “despicable actions” towards the Palestinian refugee families and their children, including Israeli soldiers demolishing Palestinian residences and even confiscating the make-shift tents provided by the Red Cross to shield the refugee families from the weather.
The Red Cross no longer can provide these tents because as soon as they are put up, they are torn down. Roger Cohen wrote in the NY Times, “Jews, having suffered for most of their history as a minority, cannot, as a majority now in their state, keep their boots on the heads of the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank any longer…. the corrosive occupation has to end and with it the settlement industry.” In other words, committing “actions that are wrong” must stop. Now.
I support John Giannone’s position.
John Cappelletti, ST
Airing out the dirty laundry room
How exciting it was to see the notice posted in the elevator that our laundry room at 420 East 23rd Street would open on February 18.
Of course, the basement is still undergoing renovation, and if anyone asked me, I would have said wait until renovations are completed, but no one asked.
Day one, and I looked in. Everything was clean and new, but there was a MacGray repairman fixing one washer, and two others were not in service out of five. There were six chairs, better than the two old filthy ones from the past, but the folding table looked like a place to rest your elbows, much too small to use for folding purposes. As I continued to look, I saw unused spaces and a realization that this room was not properly planned.
Day two. I entered at 7:20 a.m to do two washes. Uh oh. The beautiful new floor was already dirty, someone’s laundry was left in a dryer overnight, and two detergent bottles were left on a washing machine. Every dryer had its lint filter filled with lint.
Now, the question is who is going to maintain this new facility. That is a big question. Certainly no one was prior to Sandy. We need someone to really clean this room on a daily basis with real detergent not just a wet mop, and tenants, you too have a responsibility for picking up your laundry on time, cleaning filters, and leaving the laundry carts in the room, and for picking up what you drop.
Name withheld, PCV
Dear Mr. Hagedorn,
In your February 6 column, you wondered how much the rent was for a three-bedroom apartment in Stuyvesant Town in 1951. I don’t know, but I can tell you that the rent for an original tenant of a two-bedroom was about $70. Plus you were charged $2 a month more for every floor above main and terrace. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Suddenly, 1951 doesn’t look so bad.
It’s Monday afternoon with temps in the 20’s, and there is no heat in my apartment. I contacted 311 online. However, that does not give us the right to break our lease.
Joan Carmody, PCV