December 20: If you will it...

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December 19, 2015 21:27
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If you will it...

Your front page article (“Im Tirtzu video sparks anger for accusing human rights groups of backing terrorism,” December 17) is remarkable for the appeal made by the European Union’s ambassador to Israel calling on the Foreign Ministry to distance itself from the report.

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According to the report, the ambassador, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, has not denied the claim in the video that European countries are complicit in working with the human rights groups but expressed concern about the content. This to me implies that the content is true but he is unhappy that it was reported.

The article continues on Page 10 where there is a second article (“Ban Ki-moon accuses Israel of breeding terror attacks with ongoing ‘occupation’”).

Taking the two articles together, I think that the reaction of the government should be to set up an inquiry to investigate if the actions and statements by the EU, United Nations and UN Human Rights Council are incitement to commit terrorist acts.

If it is then I would suggest that criminal charges like those started in European countries be brought against those inciting terrorism.

MICHAEL H. DAVIS
Rishon Lezion

Another strike

The Histadrut labor federation has yet again called for a general strike (“Histadrut sets public sector strike for next week,” December 17). After 95 years, it shows a common and persistent problem in our society.

For some reason, in Israel there is a tradition that dictates that whenever I don’t get what I want, I need to make enough of the others that have nothing to do with the issue suffer until I get it.

One of the forms of unity in this country is ways we know to annoy others till we get our way. From blocking roads to burning dumpsters, from “price-tag” attacks to terrorist assaults, this goes beyond the borders of politics or religion.

I ask the union this question, “Do you really think that the members of our government are going to lose any sleep while the everyday citizen is suffering so you can ‘look out’ for workers in Israel?” If you really feel the need to bother someone, then take it out on the decision makers and not the rest of the people who have to find a way to make a living.

ARI FISHMAN
Tel Aviv

Danish apology

Dear Israelis, I would like to forward an apology to you on behalf of the Danish government in particular and the Danish people in general. The apology addresses the embarrassing fact that the current government is putting forward a proposal that will second the EU policy of branding goods from Israeli companies in the West Bank.

For a second I hoped that the Danish legislators would not succumb to the policy of the European Union, but no – Denmark is trying hard and succeeding in joining the club of nations who have decided that Israel is a rogue state and that it is per definition a pity for the Palestinians.

The government and a very large part of the Danish population are exhibiting a tremendous black hole in their memory.

Why is it that the EU (spearheaded by Sweden and now Denmark, too, alas) is so aggressively preoccupied with Israel? Why does everybody have an opinion about the conflict between Palestinians and Israel? Why is it, that it is always Israel who is the bad guy? So again, my apologies to the Israeli people and to the Israeli state.

I know you are not all saints, but the demonization of your country that is happening in my country is unforgivable. We are not all like this.

ALLAN LOHMANN-OLSEN
Copenhagen

Redundant presidency?

Has it not yet become abundantly clear that the office of President of the State of Israel should be abolished? (“Rivlin must eschew politics,” Candidly Speaking, December 17). It serves no purpose for the good of the nation, and for many years has become a source of embarrassment to the state.

The combination of a feeling of importance together with the boredom and futility in such a totally redundant position inevitably leads to the search for new frontiers beyond the job definition.

Its funding could go to much better purposes, and the huge site of the presidential residence could go to low-cost housing for young couples in Jerusalem.

YEHUDA OPPENHEIM
Jerusalem

Trojan horse?


The legendary Trojan War describes a select force of Greek men hiding in a Trojan Horse. Once the unsuspecting Trojans opened the city gates of Troy and pulled the huge horse into their city, the Greek army attacked and destroyed Troy.

Today, the Obama administration wants the United States to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees despite warnings from FBI Director James Comey that his agency doesn’t have the resources to vet out possible Islamic State terrorists.

A modern-day version of the Trojan Horse could be terrorists, posing as Syrian refugees, unleashing unspeakable horrors to our nation.

ANTHONY P. LEVATINO
Rochester, NY

Special delivery

I am using your Letters column to alert your readers to an apparent unannounced change to a service offered by the Israel Postal Company.

Having recently sent a number of invitations by “Doar 24,” which I understood was a service providing delivery within 24 hours, I now find that quite a number of the invitations are being delivered to their destinations some 14 days after posting.

I can only assume therefore that “Doar 24” has been reclassified as a service offering delivery within 24 days rather than 24 hours.

ALAN KOOR
Petah Tikva

Airport test

There are two prayer rooms in the Hong Kong airport. They are advertised as non-denominational, but in fact are not.

Items other than ordinary furniture in the “non-denominational” prayer rooms are supportive of Islam, and only of Islam.

Terminal 1: (1) A space for the washing of feet. (2) A sign that points in the direction of Mecca. (3) A square, marked permanently on the floor, which designates the right spot for the placement of two prayer rugs relative to the Mecca sign.

In Terminal 2: (1) A sink for the washing of hands and face, and a space for the washing of feet. (2) A sign that points in the direction of Mecca.

Thereby, each “non-denominational” prayer room is, in fact, a mosque.

There is no Buddhist temple, Taoist temple, church or synagogue in the airport. Every Christian or Jew who prays in a “non-denominational” prayer room is forced to offer his prayers in a room filled with Islamic items.

Where is the cross for a Christian? There is none. Where is the crucifix? There is none. Where is the Jerusalem sign for a Jew? There is none. Where is the lectern, for the placement of a siddur whilst one offers prayers, which are recited standing? There is none.

Jerusalem Post readers who are frequent travelers should pop into prayer rooms in foreign airports through which they travel.

Note should be taken of the airport, the terminal number, and whether that terminal has a non-denominational prayer room, or has an airport mosque.

Call it the international airport dhimmitude inquiry.

STEPHEN KRUGER
New York


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