U.S. Jews: Issues and Attitudes To the Editors:
Your story "American Jews and Israel" [March 10] is a reasoned, even handed treatment of some volatile, emotional issues.
It is important to remember that the struggles of the Jews have aided many others because, as TIME noted, "a history of persecution has convinced them that safety lies in an open democratic society." Most Americans, including my fellow American Jews, may have forgotten that in 1654 Peter Stuyvesant opposed granting civil rights to the first Jews arriving in America. "Giving them [the Jews] liberty," he wrote, "we cannot refuse the Lutherans and the Papists."