Re “Supporting worshippers at Phoenix mosque, local Jews met with gratitude” (AJP, 6/12/2015):
A beautiful story.
I have two reflections.
1. Sarah (and her husband Marty) are not “converted Jews.” Although they were not born Jewish they are “full fledged” Jews; a “ger” — a convert — has all the rights and obligations of a Jew and should not be described as anything else. I admire their Jewish commitment to our people and Israel.
2. As wonderful as what Sarah did is, we should be aware that CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), a sponsor of the event, is a rabidly anti-Israel organization which, as documented on numerous occasions by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, is a financial and public supporter of terrorist organizations costing many Israeli lives. There is a challenge in the Muslim community to find “moderate” adherents. Can you envision a group of Muslims surrounding and protecting a Jewish facility or shul here or in Europe?
— Dan Karsch, Modiin, Israel
Editor’s note: Sarah Johnston specified the wording identifying her as a Jewish convert in the article’s credit line.