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Mo Husseini has his facts straight
In her letter to the editor, Simone Shapiro takes issue with one of Mo Husseini’s 50 facts, and it’s not about the origins of hummus (“Not all of the ‘50 Completely True Things’ ring true,” May 17). She takes exception to his statement that “Israelis … have committed acts of terror” and “that some aspects of Israeli military activity may be war crimes,” calling them lies. Taking a longer historical view, and not one solely limited to Oct. 7 and later, Mr. Husseini has gotten his facts straight. The kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014, the burning of Ali Saad Dawabsheh in Duma in 2015 and, of course, Baruch Goldstein’s rampage in the Cave of the Patriarch’s in 1994 were acts of terror. Yes, the IDF has also been involved in several war crimes; maybe in the heat of battle, but still against the rules of war and the purpose of Tohar HaNeshek (Purity of Arms) that we were taught when I was in the IDF. There are admitted instances of deliberate killings of Egyptian POWs in both the 1956 and 1967 wars. Much as we wish it not to be, Leon Uris’ “Exodus” is a work of fiction, even if based on fact. We’re not pure, and we need to be able to look in the mirror and acknowledge the blemishes. The answer isn’t, “What about North Korea or Russia in Ukraine?” or “We’re not Iran.” The answer is, “What do we (Israelis, Jews, the IDF) need to change to return to the goal of being a light unto the nations?”

Richard Kaplan
Pittsburgh

Bunny Bakes: a calm refuge during a time of turmoil
I spent a delightful two hours at Bunny Bakes with my dear friend today (“Bunny Bakes & Specialty Coffee sells kosher sweets,” Nov. 17). What a charming coffee and pastry shop! The staff was outstanding. Everyone was busy focused on their work, welcoming each customer with a smile and answering questions about all the beverage and in-house baked pastry options. The shop is modern, spotlessly clean with an open atmosphere. Although most of the tables were full, it was quiet and relaxing. At this time of unrest and ugliness that plagues our neighborhoods, this little shop brings a calm sense of belonging. Thank you, Friendship Circle, for bringing this lovely cafe to the neighborhood.

Amy Jonas
Pittsburgh

Reconsidering cover photo
I write with disappointment regarding the Chronicle’s choice to feature a picture of only six protesters on the cover of our newspaper, while neglecting to showcase the hundreds of individuals who proudly marched in support of Israel during the Yom Ha’atzmaut parade (“Antisemitic, anti-Israel incidents continue to plague Pittsburgh,” May 24).

At a time when antisemitism is on the rise, it is crucial that we stand united in celebrating events like Yom Ha’atzmaut openly and proudly. By relegating such a significant demonstration of solidarity to the back pages, we miss an opportunity to demonstrate to the greater community our unwavering support for Israel.

I am sure the Chronicle is aware of the adage “any press is good press,” so by placing the image of the six protesters on the cover, it is acting as an enabler for their nefarious mission.

Allan Tissenbaum
Pittsburgh

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