A friend’s name
Sir, – You featured a fine article, “German pastor: Anti-Israel
film boosts support for neo-Nazis” (February 13). Regrettably, the pastor’s name
He is Hans Jürgen Kitzinger from Nürnberg.
personally known this man for many years as a true friend of Israel and the
Jews. For decades he has conducted demonstrations against anti-Semitism and
organized international rallies in support of Israel in cooperation with
Though leading church movements had endorsed the film We
Refuse to be Enemies, Kitzinger courageously dared to be dragged into litigation
for exposing it for what it is: slanderous and anti-Semitic.
court case began, he wrote to me and requested that I say a prayer at the
Hans Jürgen Kitzinger is a man who should be mentioned by
name, especially at a time when anti-Semitism is again on the rise in Christian
religious circles.HILLEL GOLDBERG
Jerusalem Bias on the vine
Greer Fay Cashman’s Grapevine is not quite the New York Post’s “Page 6,” but is
often fun, gossipy and newsy. However, I believe she crossed the line on
February 13 (“Overlooking milestone anniversaries”).
When writing about a
gathering of volunteers for OneFamily, an outreach organization serving the
families of terror victims and fallen soldiers, did she have to include the
following sentence: “There were hardly any secular people in the audience, even
though terrorism has affected every sector of society”? This statement was
provocative and unnecessary, having nothing to do with a description of the
I hope that in the future Cashman will limit her
Grapevines to nice, nonpartisan stories.DEBRA WEINER
Sir, – I am deeply saddened that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning (“Pope
says he’ll resign, sends shockwaves through Church,” February 12).
Holy Father has been an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ, a
shepherd of truth constantly guarding his flock so that Christ might find faith
on Earth when He returns. Immersed in profound humility and immense love for God
and man, he has always been a source of strength, encouragement, confidence,
optimism and enlightenment not only to Catholics, but to all men of good
A champion of the poor and ardent exponent of Christian unity, the
German pontiff has been both a beacon of light and the salt of the earth. He has
never ceased to offer fresh hope for defeating the forces of tyranny, cynicism
and moral relativism hovering like a dark cloud on the horizon.
of Peter and Vicar of Christ, he has been the world’s most influential and
uncompromising defender of the dignity of human life. His tenacious pleas for
the development of a “culture of life” and parallel denunciations of the
“culture of death” have been instrumental in rallying opposition to war,
terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, divorce, contraception, homosexuality and
embryonic- tissue research.PAUL KOKOSKI
Hamilton, Canada Not our day
Sir, – How sad! We have our own holiday to say I love you, but now we have to
join millions around the world to celebrate love.
What about every Friday
evening at sundown, when the house is clean and the Shabbat candles brighten our
home? We paid such a high price to be able to celebrate our holidays in our own
country, and now we have found another way of spending money.
Day does not have Jewish roots. Let’s be happy with what is ours.OLGA P.
The headline at the bottom of Page 4 in the February 13
should have been “Peres: No forgiveness for Amir while I’m