Envoy to the world
Sir, – I had the privilege of working alongside Dudu Fisher
during the Jewish holidays for over 30 years at Kutsher’s Country Club in New
York State’s Catskill Mountains. As I read of the new twist in his career (“Dudu
Fisher brings ‘Jerusalem’ to the Bible Belt,” Arts & Entertainment, May 8),
it struck me that he should be named Israel’s Ambassador to the World for
Hasbara (public diplomacy).
Does anyone else project such a positive
image of what it means to be an Israeli and live in this magnificent country of
ours? Kol hakavod, Dudu!
MICHAEL D. HIRSCH
Sir, – You
quote MK Danny Danon on the issue of outposts as having said “it is the elected
officials, the Likud-led government, which should determine these issues and not
the Supreme Court justices, which represent their own individual opinions and
not the will of the people” (“Right-wing MKs call on Netanyahu to support
legislation on outposts,” May 8).
US President Barack Obama said the same
thing, almost word for word. Except that Obama was wrong and Danon was
In the US, Supreme Court justices must pass interrogation and
approval by Congress. Thus, by extension they are selected by the
In Israel, justices are selected by a closed “Cosa Nostra”
consisting for the most part of the president of the Supreme Court, some fellow
judges, a representative of the Bar Association and the minister of justice, who
more often than not is also a lawyer.
Thus, our justices are in no way
representative of, or related to, the “will of the people.”
It’s time the
Knesset reclaimed its rights in the selection of Supreme Court justices, and the
court itself ceased being a glorified appellate court.
Sir, – We agree with the writer of “Phantom fear” (Letters, May
6) that Canada is a great place to live. However, we cannot afford simply to
ignore anti-Semitism in its different permutations.
“outrage” would be better directed at the perpetrators of such acts than at the
organization that assists those who experience anti-Semitism
Statistics Canada and police reports consistently find that
when religion is the motivating factor in hate crimes, Jews are
disproportionally targeted, which echoes our findings. Clearly, not everyone
shares the writer’s opinion that anti- Semitism these days is merely a “phantom
The writer is national director of B’nai Brith
Canada’s League for Human Rights
Highway of hell
Sir, – I was once head of
Chicago’s Jewish Defense League. We shed our blood on Chicago’s streets fighting
the Nazis and the Klan.
I am still that same militant.
am sickened by the release of Hagai Amir (“Yigal Amir’s brother and
co-conspirator Hagai Amir to be released today,” May 4).
I did not agree
with Yitzhak Rabin politically, but he gave of himself to build the Jewish
The single lesson that Hagai and Yigal Amir should have learned
is that Jews cannot prosper to their fullest in countries without laws. If the
laws are universal and fair, we are protected. Where there is inordinate
criminal disobedience, Jews become scapegoats.
To shoot a decent man who
cannot defend himself is the act of a coward.
Rabin was not Eichmann or
Hitler, but a Jewish patriot, even if one disagreed with him.
live under that terrible rule that it’s either their way or the highway. They
desecrated Jewish history. May their “highway” be a lifetime of
Would they have done it if Rabin had a gun and knew they were
coming? I doubt it.