EDITOR: So Rabbi George Gittleman ("Tortured connection," Tuesday) is "struggling" to understand the historical comparisons between Palestine and Israel in his response to a letter ("Kristallnacht Lessons," Nov. 18) that laid them out very clearly. Perhaps he needs to remove the historical blinders that prevent him from seeing oppression when it comes from Israel against another people.
He is not the only one with self-inflicted blindness that obscures what more folks are seeing once they start paying attention to the 65 years of history of this Mideast conflict. There is a huge difference between Zionism and Judaism which is why so many openminded Jews support the Palestine struggle as a basic justice issue and are working toward a solution. While he objects to the word apartheid for describing the Israeli system, it is actually very accurately used by Bishop Tutu of South Africa and others to describe the dynamics between Jews and Palestinians in and outside Israel as the Jewish settlements encroach further every day on what little Palestinian land is left.
I hope Rabbi Gittleman will rethink his position and work toward justice for all in this struggle that doesn't have to exist. There is a local group, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, which meets regularly that would welcome him to join them without the blinders.