***Editor's note: This letter and the headline have been edited since publication.
It is with utter disgust that I write to you about the blatantly anti-Semitic article, published in the Friday, July 18, 2014 "Peace Train" section of the Colorado Daily. It is discouraging to see that a newspaper of your caliber could sink so low and allow for the publication of false information, strictly aimed at bashing the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Not once in the column does its writer, Ron Forthofer, report the facts and give the broad spectrum and reality of the situation. In fact, he does the complete opposite.
He fails to recognize, not only the truth of the situation, but the fact that the Palestinian group engaged in military confrontation with Israel, is in fact a TERRORIST organization.
In addition, Mr. Forthofer so easily turns a blind eye to the other major atrocities and human rights violations occurring throughout the world and strictly calls for the condemnation of Israel.
Not once does he give the facts about the 2,000 rockets being fired from Gaza, into CIVILIAN POPULATED areas of Israel. Not once does he mention the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas operatives prior to this latest escalation in violence. And not once does he criticize Hamas for their own human rights violations (the list on that is quite lengthy).
Where is he to condemn the terrorist regime for THOSE actions?
Why does he choose to only pinpoint Israeli "violations", if not for his own anti-Semitic, Jew-hating mentality? He quickly runs to scapegoat Israel without knowing or addressing the facts. And you are equally responsible for publishing these lies and anti-Semitic comments.
The answer is very clear though.
Your writer, and as I have also learned, former Green Party Candidate, Ron Forthofer is in no way, shape, or form, interested in reporting the facts or the truth. His only interest is to continue to spew the anti-Semitic, racist, and Jew-hating propaganda that was prominent under Adolf Hitler.
Instead of doing what a good journalist/reporter/writer/editor/publisher does - which is to inform people of the facts - you facilitate the spreading of lies to your readers, inform the public that Israel, the ONE and ONLY true democracy in the middle-east, is the aggressor, and by publishing these anti-Semitic words, you, too, are blatantly supporting the terrorist and jihadist regime of Hamas.
Ron Forthofer, is not only spewing these lies to the thousands of your daily readers, but because this article is also available on the web, YOU are responsible for spewing these lies to the entire world.
I strongly believe you owe an apology to your readers in Colorado, the people of Israel, and Jews across the entire globe for publishing these lies, which only fuel the unreasonable, irrational, and senseless hatred for the Jews.
Please understand that my words to you are coming not only from my heart, but from my head.
Too often do I see Israel, and specifically, the Jewish people being scapegoated for these problems. Too often do I see people, like Mr. Forthofer, like you, turning and blaming Israel for wanting nothing more than the safety and security of its people and of its borders. I hope and I pray that your close-mindedness and your bigotry will soon disappear and that you will choose to educate yourself with the facts.
"May we see the day when fighting and bloodshed cease, and mankind will not again know war," Jewish prayer of peace.
University of Colorado at Boulder