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Canadian PM Needs to Hit the Books

Dear Editor:

“The Trudeau Government endorsed a condemnation of Israel for failing to establish a Palestinian Arab state, a regime that pays Arabs to murder Jews, a resolution Canada has consistently opposed since 2006. ”

I have always thought of Canada as a role model for intolerance of hate speech and standing up for hard truths but sadly, that no longer appears to be true.

“For the first time, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has admitted that he rejected “out of hand” an Israeli offer for a PA state on nearly 95% of Judea and Samaria. In 2008, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered to agree to the creation of an independent PA state including all of Gaza, nearly all of Judea/Samaria, and parts of Israel – a total area equal to 99.5% of the size of Judea and Samaria.”

Now Trudeau also wants to “make up for the funds now being withheld from UNRWA” as yet another misguided knee jerk reaction to other countries withholding funds, for good reasons. UNRWA’s textbooks demonize Jews, show maps with all of Israel gone, replaced by “Palestine”, and incite children to kill Zionists for martyrdom.

In 1972, Arafat orchestrated the butchering of Israeli athletes at Munich, as the inaugural event to announce the formation of the bloody PLO which has waged war against Israel ever since. If the cowardly and ignorant West would have put consistent pressure on these Arabs to negotiate and accept the many fair peace offers, instead of falsely blaming the true victim, Israel, these Arabs would have been celebrating their statehood, instead of their continued war on the Jewish state of Israel. Trudeau, some unsolicited advice if I may-stay home and hit the books before your next completely without foundation statements.


Paula Gladstein


Feminists Silent on Female Genital Mutilation

Dear Editor:

“A 12-year-old girl died this week in southern Egypt after her parents brought her to a doctor who performed female genital mutilation, a criminal practice that remains widespread.” Where are all the “progressive feminists”, and where is mainstream media with condemnations on this latest death from the barbarism of female genital mutilation?

The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide 200 million women and girls have been subjected to it. UNICEF estimated that 98 percent of girls and women in Somalia had been cut. A 2015 government survey found that 87% percent of all Egyptian women undergo FGM. “Judges themselves are not convinced this is a crime that should be punished,” said Danbouki, who runs the Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness. Judges are lenient (in Egypt) when it comes to cases entailing violence against women.”

Yet these “repressive progressives”, and mainstream media, are always there to issue relentless, false condemnation of the democratic Jewish State. Reports of routine rape of jailed women in Syria, dissenters jailed and tortured in Arab controlled territories and girls and women without equal rights under Islam, go unreported. So, to all out there who consider themselves a “progressive feminist”, your silence on this issue speaks louder than your inflated egos and your selective protests, usually only against Israel.


Ginette Weiner,
Scottsdale, AZ


MTA Five Year Capital Plan

Dear Editor;

It will be interesting to see if the next New York City Transit Authority President will be successful in following up on preserving both funding and implementation of projects and programs championed by Andy Byford’s Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize NYC Transit subway and bus system. Let’s hope that $19 billion worth of funding support in the current $51 billion MTA 2020–2024 Five Year Capital Plan remains in place. We will have to wait and see if the $19 billion balance of funding needed to complete this plan will be approved in the next Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2025–2029 Five Year Capital Plan.

We will also have some clues about what the future holds when the MTA gets around to releasing the updated MTA 2020–2040 Twenty Year Long Range Capital Needs Plan. It was supposed to be released by the end of December 2019. I wonder if the MTA has delayed release of this key document until it has been pre-approved by Governor Cuomo’s office, before it is seen by the public?


Larry Penner

(Larry Penner — transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight of grants worth billions for capital projects and programs to NYC Transit)


Taking Sanford Rubinstein to Task

Dear Editor,

In a recent letter, Sanford Rubinstein, Esq., who claims to represent the likes of Al Sharpton and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) group in NYC, also extolls the virtues of the Rev. Martin Luther King for his fight against anti-Semitism. Was this letter some sort of sick joke? He’s the the attorney for Jew haters and he kvells about the good relationship Dr. King had with Jews? There is nothing that Sharpton and BLM stand for relative to Jews that even faintly comes close to MLK’s stance on the matter.

The BLM movement, which leans on Rubenstein for legal support, defends the BDS Movement and calls Israel a racist, genocidal and apartheid state. And his other client, Sharpton, who led the violent Crown Heights riots back in 1991, called Jews, “Diamond merchants,” shouted, “Kill the Jews!” and was responsible for the stabbing of Yankel Rosenbaum, murdered by a rioter is mentioned in the same breath as MLK? Is the barrister blind to the Jew hatred spouted by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, an African-American? Or has he seen the photo of the 2005 Black Congressional Caucus crowd, standing proud with Louis Farrakhan and then Senator Barack Obama by his side? What does that tell you about the bond between Blacks and Jews? And finally, with all the support and help that Jews have given to the Black community, where has there ever been any reciprocity in return? This one way street business is suicide for the Jews. Wake up, Mr. Sanford Rubinstein, Esq. Watch your back!


David Elliott

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