Monday, July 22, 2024

Regarding the article about the staff of The Sinclair, who refused to serve customers at a fundraiser for Israel (“The Sinclair boycott was bottom-up leadership,” Attend, March 7):

Your author praised this action, but a refusal to serve customers because of the server’s personal beliefs is not usually seen as progressive. In fact, it’s hard to distinguish from the wedding-cake baker who refused to bake cakes for gay weddings.

It should also be pointed out that the customers were a group of American Jews at an event organized by an observant American Jewish religious group, one of whose religious beliefs is the indivisibility of the Jewish people and the land of Israel – a normative tenet of observant Jews.  The staff’s action was a direct refusal to serve at least some of these Jews because it disapproved of their religious belief. Not a pretty picture.

Michal Williams, Moore Street, Somerville