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Regarding Jeff Barak’s comments on Hatikva in “Some home truths,” (Reality Check, April 25), our national anthem still brings tears to my eyes.
We wanted a homeland for the Jews, and we are not yet a free people in our own land while there are people who question our legitimacy.
Yes, a fifth of our population is Arabs – who enjoy full equality – just as there are British in the United Kingdom who maybe cannot relate to God Save the Queen. But I don’t hear anyone wanting to change their national anthem.
Why is Mr. Barak still living in this country? He needs to go start over somewhere where he can feel more at home! But don’t let him dare pull out my roots in the Land of Israel, where my history is and where the very sense of my belonging is.
Mr. Barak obviously doesn’t feel he belongs here anymore.
Petah Tikva Off-color
In a recent letter (April 16, “Crisp cardboard”) the writer ridicules the export of Israeli shmura matza to Nigeria.
The writer implied that very few Nigerians would know what to do with the matza or be aware of its religious significance.
In fact there are many synagogues and thousands of Nigerians who identify as Jewish and who claim that their Jewish ancestry goes back many generations.
Besides Nigeria there are those who live in Ghana and several other sub-Saharan African countries who identify as Jews. The Jewish people are all over the world and are represented in almost every race and ethnicity.
Being Jewish has never been something that only white people do.
Regarding “First US ambassador helped rescue Jews from Holocaust,” Comment and Features, April 27, it was around 1950 that I was employed by the Palestine Economic Corp.
I was asked to accompany an eminent lawyer James N. Rosenberg to then-American ambassador James G. McDonald.
They were old friends. It was a fascinating meeting and the most important message was an answer to a question.
Rosenberg asked how can he work with such a difficult government that he had to represent.
The answer was one that made me perk up: “I hear what Washington has to say but I do what is best for the country, I am here on the spot and know.”
Maybe the current US ambassador should take a lesson from McDonald
MURRAY S. GREENFIELD