Written by Jewish Chronicle Readers
Parent Category: Opinion
Category: Latest Opinion
Published: 11 September 2014
Both sides suffer
(Editor’s note: This letter to the editor, originally published in the Aug. 28 issue, is reprinted in its entirety with corrections.)
The latest issue of The Chronicle features a picture of an Arab child before a bombed building in Gaza. Everybody, except for Hamas, has sympathy for the people of Gaza who are suffering from the destruction arising from the so-called war.
But, we wonder, what were the editors of The Chronicle thinking about when they printed this picture? Where is the picture of a bomb hole in Israel, caused by a Hamas rocket? Where is a picture of Israeli children huddled in a bomb shelter when Hamas rockets are raining down upon their communities?
Hamas fires rockets into Israel with the intention of killing Jews.
Israel fires rockets into Gaza with the intent of stopping Hamas rockets. There is a distinction! There is a difference!
Innocent people are killed and wounded on both sides. You are not helping by featuring only the evidence of the suffering of one side.
Kansas City, Mo.
I had a shock.
On the news I saw that three people were murdered in South Kansas City. I knew exactly the spot as Susan and Charles lived there.
Then I found out that she was one of the people murdered. I am in shock.
We met about five years ago. She became active in National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Kansas City Section. We began working together on committees. She was very interested in two issues important to me, interfaith relations and the issue of agunot, Jewish women who could not get a religious divorce.
When we met we realized that our lives had touched once before we met. I had replaced her as a speaker at an interfaith event when she was ill. She was supposed to speak about Judaism. Since I was at the event with my daughter, I was asked to fill in. Later, when we met, it was this incident that gave us something in common.
This past March, I drove her to the national NCJW Convention in St. Louis. We had spent five hours together each way.
In the car we talked about our families. Susan was very proud of her nephews. And spoke about them as I spoke about my children. We talked about interfaith, as our section of NCJW would soon be having our interfaith event. We had combined learning about different religions and the issue of divorce in these religions: Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. It turned out to be a wonderful panel discussion. Susan was one of the panelists.
A few days after our return, Susan and Charles brought us Hamantashen that Charles had made for Purim. And they wanted me to have some as a thank you and as, “shaloch manot,” for Purim.
I saw her the week before she died. We met by chance in a women’s clothing store. She was out shopping for the first time since her mother had passed. I had been out of town when her Mom died, so had not been at the funeral or paid a shiva call.
We talked about NCJW and when she would get back to volunteering. I told her everyone understood. It is difficult to lose your mother. When she was ready it was time enough.
Now I feel sad and am shocked, as she will not volunteer again.
Baruch Dayan haEmet, May her Name be for a blessing.
Overland Park, Kan.
It is with great shock and sorrow that the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council received word of the tragic death of its Jewish director, Susan Choucroun, Sept. 2 in the Kansas City Woodbridge neighborhood.
Susan was a valued member of the interfaith community and had a passion for community activism and interfaith understanding and cooperation. She was a caring person. She wanted others to know about her Jewish faith, and she wanted to know theirs.
This unconscionable act is, unfortunately, yet another indication that our society is in great need of compassion and healing that not only Divine love can give, but family, friends and the whole community can give to each other as well. The Council extends its condolences to Susan’s husband, relatives and to members of her congregational families at Ohev Sholom and Kehilath Israel Synagogue, as well as to the Jewish and Kansas City communities.
The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council calls on everyone to react with a determination to replace violence with peace as a way to honor Susan’s memory as well as the memory of the other victims.
Sheila Sonnenschein, convener
Mary McCoy, co-conveneer
Greater Kansas City