While I may not always agree with the sentiments behind Rob Rogers’ cartoons or the way those sentiments are presented, I’ve realized that, as often as not, it’s the out-of-left-field letters written in response to those cartoons that are truly tasteless.
This is certainly true in the case of two letters published Aug. 11: “Hatred of Jews” by Sarah E. Kaden and “Deranged Depiction” by Lou Weiss. While other respondents calmly and logically explained their view (which I share) that the Hamas government in Gaza deliberately endangers its citizens’ lives to ensure good press in the West, Ms. Kaden and Mr. Weiss hysterically invoke the Holocaust and other acts of modern anti-Semitism.
Mr. Weiss indicates that Mr. Rogers would have been a Nazi sympathizer in World War II, saying that he could change the cartoon to resistance fighters pointing their guns at Hitler Youth. Ms. Kaden declares that Gentiles’ displays of guilt and empathy in building Holocaust memorials shows that “the world is in love with dead Jews.”
Such irrational defamations have no place in the public discourse and, as an American Jew and a Zionist, it sickens and embarrasses me that in the eyes of so many around the world, my views are associated with such slanders.