Sir, – It appears that after the army investigated
the incident involving Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner (“Gantz dismisses Eisner from
position as deputy brigade chief following Jordan Valley incident,” April 19),
there was absolutely no reason whatsoever for Eisner’s unprovoked and malicious
attack. His life was not in danger and there was no national security issue
involved, so it was simply a lack of control and very poor anger
This act brought shame on the military and shame on Israel.
Let’s hope that over the next two years Eisner can work out some of his personal
Sir, – Ray Hanania (“Put the
civility back into civil rights,” Yalla Peace, April 18) states that
pro-Palestinian protesters “have an absolute right to protest against Israeli
Maybe they do, but they should do so in their own
Once in our country they should be subject to the rules and
conditions of entry to the State of Israel.
Why shouldn’t we be
suspicious of them? Our experience has shown that “pro-Palestinians” are
actually “anti-Israel,” and any democratic country would be on full alert when
faced with a provocation such as this.
Sir, – Has it
occurred to anyone that there should be a law requiring all arriving foreigners
to sign a waiver against claims of violence perpetrated against them if they are
injured while participating in an anti-Israel demonstration?
Sir, – Those of our fellow citizens described in “Intellectuals and
the delusional Israeli Left” (Candidly Speaking, April 19) are endlessly duped
by foreigners who are allowed into our country to deliberately foment hatred and
confrontation. This takes place while the authorities desist from punishing our
own treacherous citizens (“Raed Salah’s return,” Editorial, April 19). All of
this takes place, one presumes, under the guise of political
Give me a break! When will common sense prevail?
Sir, – After reading your editorial on Israel’s leniency
toward Raed Salah, the contrast with another piece on how difficult it is for
even devoted converts to immigrate (“If the Jews came out of Egypt today, many
would be denied entry to the Land of Israel,” Comment & Features, April 18)
Slighting friends while accommodating enemies will
accomplish nothing positive.
It’s a good thing for Salah that he didn’t
convert to Judaism while in Britain or the Interior Ministry might not have let
him back in.
Sir, – I completely disagree
with David Newman (“Excluding those who think differently,” Comment &
Features, April 17).
He writes that Israel “bends over backwards to give
itself bad publicity” and asks what difference it would make “if Israel had
totally ignored the activists who flew into Israel [as part of the so-called
flytilla]. He says the event “would have made a few inches in the international
press” and then be forgotten.
But if Israel had allowed these anarchists
into Israel, the message to the world would have been, “We allow in people who
wish to destroy us and take part in demonstrations that incite our enemies.” Our
enemies’ violence would be upgraded by this support, and Israel would be left
holding the bag. Our soldiers would be sent in to calm the situation, and the
publicity in the international press would then be more than a few
Sir, – David Newman argues that
Israel should allow in people like Günter Grass, Noam Chomsky and Norman
Finkelstein. He then associates their criticisms of the Israeli government with
“large sections of the Israeli-left-of- center population – people who live in
Israel, serve in the army, pay their taxes and are loyal citizens of the
country, yet at the same time are highly critical of the government’s policies
in the West Bank.”
Newman overlooks a key point: the privilege of
sovereignty and the rights of citizenship under that sovereignty. There’s a
difference between Israeli citizens who have every legitimate right to express
their views, and foreigners like Grass, Chomsky and
Sovereignty entitles us to keep out of our national home
anyone we don’t approve of, even if we have no particularly valid
There isn’t a single country in the world that doesn’t exercise
Headlines and words
Sir, – The
headline “Arab family evicted in Jerusalem, Jewish activists move into homes”
(April 19) was just the kind to aid and abet our enemies. It should have read,
“Arab squatters evicted, Jewish owners move into homes.”
If you doubt the
veracity of my words, just read the article. I did.
the courts would agree with me.
I would not have thought the Post would
mangle the truth and encourage the extreme Left, which has enough help from
Sir, – Wouldn’t it have been more
accurate to write, “Eight-year legal battle proves land illegally appropriated by
Arabs, legally purchased by Jews?” To state it as you did provides fodder for
those who may not read the whole story and just run with the very slanted
Sir, – While by no means do I
consider myself a prude, I believe it was highly inappropriate to print a small,
insignificant article about a town in Austria (“Village to keep its odd name,”
World in Brief, April 19).
It seems the editors took advantage of this
quirky-named town to be able to print a word that most reputable papers would not
use without various symbols to replace letters. It is offensive to your readers
and detracts from your message.
ZE’EV M SHANDALOV
Sir, – I was privileged to participate in this year’s annual ceremony at
Bet Israel Synagogue in Netanya to commemorate the Holocaust. Along with a
recitation telling of Jewish resistance, we honored six survivors, who lit
candles and told of their experiences.
As in the past, those attending
included members of our Masorti (Conservative) congregation, as well as brave
souls from other English-speaking congregations in the area. I say “brave souls”
because in general, the Orthodox have declared our synagogue off limits, and we
are not invited to participate in any of their ceremonies or
Rabbi Haim Amsalem’s “Holocaust Remembrance Day should not
only commemorate a tragic past but also inspire a future” (Comment &
Features, April 19) brought our most frightening national problem to the fore.
It is the divisiveness, hatred and disdain toward Jews who observe Judaism
differently that can destroy us, as it did during the time of the Second
We look to Rabbi Amsalem and other courageous people to lead the
way to encourage tolerance, love and acceptance toward all sectors of religious
We hope and pray our “pious” population will wake up and stop
alienating us, and will instead embrace us as Jews before it is too
Sir, – Your article on
New Milford (New Jersey) High School’s dedication of a Shoah monument in the
Czech Republic (“Survivors’ grandchildren feel an obligation to share Holocaust
memories,” April 17) brought back fond personal memories for me.
as rabbi of the community for 25 years until our aliya in 1985. The high school
often invited me to address assemblies on Jewish and ethical subjects, as well
as the Shoah. It is satisfying to read that New Milford has continued it
tradition of openness and study about the Holocaust.