Letters: More support for Israel from media

An Israeli armored personnel carrier rolls along the

An Israeli armored personnel carrier rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images / David Buimovitch

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Thousands of people rallied on behalf of Israel at the United Nations on Monday. I saw it with my own eyes because I was there. There were congressional representatives addressing the crowd, as well as a large media presence. Yet, reading Newsday, you would think it never happened; not a word or picture to be found!

What you did find room to print was a letter to the editor in which the writer asked why two American citizens died fighting for Israel ["Why were Americans fighting for Israel?" July 29]. Is this supposed to be some sort of unpatriotic act? The writer asked, "Why do we put up with this?"

Clearly, the notion of dual citizenship is something unheard of to the letter writer or Newsday.

The responsibility of a newspaper is to report the news. By not reporting on a major event such as this, Newsday failed its readers.

Lester Bleich, West Hempstead

Editor's note: The letter writer is president of Young Israel of West Hempstead, an Orthodox synagogue.

I find the writer's indignation about Americans fighting for Israel rather amusing. We have a long history of American citizens fighting for foreign causes.

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How about the Lafayette Escadrille in World War I, the Flying Tigers in World War II, American volunteers during the Spanish Civil War, and the American pilots flying for the British Royal Air Force before our entry into World War II?

Barnett Behrenfeld, Plainview


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