February 15: A friend’s name

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.

Letters 370 (photo credit: REUTERS/Handout )
Letters 370
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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 was omitted.
He is Hans Jürgen Kitzinger from Nürnberg.
I have 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 synagogues.
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.
Before his court case began, he wrote to me and requested that I say a prayer at the Western Wall.
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.
Bias on the vine
Sir, – 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 OneFamily event.
I hope that in the future Cashman will limit her Grapevines to nice, nonpartisan stories.
Saddened by pope
Sir, – I am deeply saddened that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning (“Pope says he’ll resign, sends shockwaves through Church,” February 12).
The 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 will.
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.
Successor 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.
Valentine’s Day does not have Jewish roots. Let’s be happy with what is ours.
CORRECTION The headline at the bottom of Page 4 in the February 13 Jerusalem Post should have been “Peres: No forgiveness for Amir while I’m alive.”