In response to Jerome Chanes’ article, “What Caused The Crown Heights Riots?” (Aug. 12), the riots were about black anti-Semitism, exploited and encouraged by racial arsonists like Rev. Al Sharpton. The irony is that Rev. Sharpton is now an important member of the Democratic party, whose candidates must seek his approval and blessing when running for public office. Liberal Jewish Democrats embrace him warmly.
As a child of refugees from Nazi Austria, I don’t understand liberal Jews who support Democrats like President Barack Obama, whose ties to anti-Semites as well his hostility to Israel, are well known. Yet these same liberal Jews, who support a mosque at Ground Zero, are antagonistic to Republicans and conservatives who are overwhelmingly supportive of Israel and the rights of Jewish communities everywhere.