Jews con­tinue to face bru­tal per­se­cu­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

My re­sponse to Sarah Gertler’s op-ed: “Are you naive or just anti-Semitic your­self?”

You stated: “It’s true that Jews faced cen­turies of bru­tal per­se­cu­tion.” They still do Sarah, on a daily ba­sis, in the very dan­ger­ous Mid­dle East neigh­bor­hood that they live in.

As Is­raeli Justin Am­ler said: “For in each and ev­ery gen­er­a­tion, Jews have faced en­e­mies – fierce en­e­mies, pow­er­ful en­e­mies in­tent on hurt­ing us, on wip­ing us out, and mak­ing us noth­ing more than a dis­tant mem­ory in a dusty his­tor­i­cal record. Is­rael’s des­tiny won’t be de­fined by our en­e­mies and it won’t be de­fined by the world around us, but rather by the stars above us.”

Go back to Is­rael, Sarah, and ask the Is­raeli Arabs if they would pre­fer liv­ing in any of the sur­round­ing Arab coun­tries rather than Is­rael. My ex­pe­ri­ence there says that they’ll an­swer “No.”

James S. Co­hen, Boyn­ton Beach

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