To the editor:
I’ve read with disappointment the recent studies that document the dramatic rise in ‘real’ anti-Semitic acts in this country. Why there is such an …
To the editor:
I’ve read with disappointment the recent studies that document the dramatic rise in ‘real’ anti-Semitic acts in this country. Why there is such an increase is for another time. The fact that it is occurring is sad and appalling.
What is more unconscionable though is using this backdrop in Forestburgh to manipulate the approval process for a proposed development. Some have alleged that a three-month moratorium and denial of building permits during that time was discriminatory and an act of anti-Semitism. Really? Isn’t it the duty of elected officials to see if the project proposed will be supported by the infrastructure that is in place? Three months is not unreasonable.
More importantly, it is an affront to those who have been victims of hate to yell antisemitism when that is not the case. And while there might be some individual anti-Semitic sentiment, to accuse an entire community in the process is wrong.
I know this is out of the Hassidic playbook to fan the flames but truth be told I, as a non- practicing Jew, regardless of what their leaders say, would not be welcomed in their community. Is this discriminatory and/or an act of reverse anti-Semitism?
I’m sure this development will go forward but I’m hopeful that the behavior of this group during the process reflects what they see as their answering to a higher power.
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