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Newton D. Bowdan: Where do loyalties lie in ‘two-state’ solution?

To the editor:

It was with dismay that I left the J Street meeting at Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton Feb. 6 after a half-hour of activist ranting with the goal of pressuring President Obama and Secretary Kerry to twist Israel’s arms in aid of a two-state solution to the Israel problem, under the rubric of peace and justice by the means of boycotting, disinvesting in and sanctioning Israel for living in areas “the world” thinks “illegally occupied Arab territories.”

Who is the world? The same Europeans and their Arab allies who perpetrated, abetted and/or collaborated in the murder of 6 million Jews.

The J Street activists were intelligent, high-achieving, high-minded and comfortable in their Jewish identity, on the safe streets of Northampton, not sheltering with their children from daily rocket and mortar fire from their Arab “neighbors,” who would be “partners” in the two-state solution, at least until replaced by still more extremist governments.

These activists live in a high-minded dream world of peace and justice, as viewed from Mt. Olympus, or, in this case, Mt. Zion.

As Winston Churchill said, “I shall not be impartial as between the fire and the fire brigades.” Or as professor Snape said to professor Quirrell in “Harry Potter” — “You have to decide just where your loyalties lie!”

Newton D. Bowdan

South Hadley


200 attend 'J-Street Town Meeting' at Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton; urge 2-state solution for Mideast peace

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There was a widespread feeling of hope among backers of Mideast peace who walked out of Congregation B’nai Israel Thursday night. A crowd of around 200 filled the synagogue for the “J Street Town Meeting,” an event aimed to support a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict though the two-state solution championed by U.S. Secretary of State John …

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'not sheltering with their children from daily rocket and mortar fire from their Arab “neighbors' Can I get an Amen.

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