Slate Columnist Targets a 'Ground Zero Synagogue,' and Readers Reply

William Saletan, a columnist at, wrote a piece September 29 titled “The Ground Zero Synagogue: Should Jews build a synagogue near a site of Jewish terrorism?” He compares the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York to the building of a new synagogue in Kiryat Arba, just outside Hebron, which he says is near the site where Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Muslim worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994.

Today he posted a follow-up, titled “Jewish Terrorism: Readers Respond. Is it wrong to compare 9/11 to a Israeli settler’s slaughter of Muslims?” He quotes excerpts from some of the nearly 500 comments he received in reply to the first piece, with his retorts to each. Interesting reading.

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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