Sir, – With regard to Israel honors its fallen on Remembrance Day”
(April 15), we do not leap from planes. We are not on the front lines of the
battlefield. We do not leave our loved ones at the beginning of each day and
wonder whether we will see them again.
We do not face bombs, stabbings,
shootings or stone throwers because our fight is different, but the love and
conviction that propel you to defend the land exists within us, too.
fight for you. For us. For the Jewish nation. We battle the hypocrisy and double
standards of academia. We skip class to rally for peace because if we are not
for ourselves, who will be for us? We know it would be easier to be silent
because it is an oftworthless fight. For our reasoning they do not care. Our
facts are “lies,” propaganda from the “Jewish Lobby.” Yet we are not deterred,
because neither are you.
You continue to fight and hope and cry, and
wonder why being a Jew costs so much. But you are not alone. You protect us. And
we defend you from the professors and students and others who label Israel
“racist,” “apartheid” and “colonialist” yet know so little.
We are the
students who never forget Jerusalem and are never silent for her sake. As long
as you continue to be our soldiers, we will be yours.
SHIRA M. FRISHMAN
The writer is a student at the University of Minnesota
Sir, – Forgive my cynicism, but why did a private visit to his brother’s
grave by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ahead of Remembrance Day merit a
front page photograph in The Jerusalem Post (“Remembering the fallen,” April
14)? Did the Government Press Office photographer just happen to be around? I
sympathize with the wish to mourn and remember a beloved brother but I find it
rather inappropriate to do so in a clearly staged setting intended for public
KAY WEINBERGER Jerusalem
Sir, – The conclusion of
“Pollard’s 10,000 days” (Editorial, April 14) brilliantly and cleverly suggests
that Jonathan Pollard’s release “can be demanded prior to any further
American-initiated negotiations.” For example, when working on getting Israel to
apologize to Turkey, US President Barack Obama would have responded favorably to
just six words by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “Release Pollard, then I
Let’s hope we do not pass up another
LEONARD KAHN Zichron Ya'acov
Sir, – Martin
Sherman can say less in half a page of newsprint than any other person writing
What really annoyed me in “The deconstruction of Israel:
Has the countdown begun?” (Into the Fray, April 12) was his referral to
“Chicken-Licken,” who was “mongering irrational fears as to the imminent fall of
Your proofreaders should have caught the mistake – it was
Chicken Little who was hit on the head by a pebble and proceeded to rush through
the barnyard shouting, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” Incidentally,
that is exactly what exemplifies the frantic overstatement of Sherman’s
BURT EDELSTEIN Jerusalem
Sir, – As a colleague
and admirer of the good works of Evelyn Haies, president of the Rachel’s
Children Reclamation Foundation, I want to set the record straight about her
contributions, past and present, to Rachel’s Tomb.
As opposed to the
claims of Benny Elon (“American Jew sues Benny Elon in New York court over
ownership of Bethlehem building,” April 11), Evelyn is a very good person. For
the past 12 years she has organized life cycle, holiday and Rosh Hodesh events
in the reception hall at Beit Beni Rachel (BBR), the building next to Rachel’s
She dedicated two Torah scrolls, one to Rachel’s Tomb and the other
to BBR, during the years that the army and later the border police utilized the
This year alone she has held numerous gatherings and holiday
events. There have been bat mitzva celebrations, circumcisions and even a
She also hosts singles events, and Torah classes in Hebrew and
English take place on a regular basis. Schools from all over the country bring
students for lectures and activities after prayers at Rachel’s Tomb.
and a half years ago, when a satellite school of Elon’s Beit Orot yeshiva moved
into the building, it changed the locks, denied Evelyn entry and claimed
exclusive rights. Only then did she go to court. The court reinstated the right
of her organization to also make use of the building.
Evelyn’s wish and
dream is to continue providing a comfortable setting for visitors to Rachel’s
Tomb while raising consciousness about the importance of this holy site to the
RACHEL SHURIN Jerusalem
Sir, – Thanks are
due Seth J. Frantzman for his enlightening exposure of the secular
bashing of haredim around Holocaust Remembrance Day (“The haredim and Yom
Hashoah,” Terra Incognita, April 10).
I would add a major point. No one
will deny that haredim tragically lost many of their beloved rabbis, parents,
siblings, children, relatives and friends in the Holocaust.
of how and when to mourn these people is certainly up to them, and it is
ludicrous to insinuate that their failing to join with everyone else reflects a
lack of respect for the victims of the Shoah.
ILANA SPRINGER Jerusalem
Sir, – With regard to “Passing of an ‘Iron Lady’” (April 9), Margaret
Thatcher, during her 11 years as prime minister of Great Britain, was a
commanding figure in both domestic and world politics.
The members of the
Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association are deeply saddened by her
death. Her courageous and dominant leadership enabled her to pursue a
controversial economic policy that revolutionized the British economy and
allowed Britain to remain a leading force in the family of
Thatcher was a true friend of the Jewish community in the UK and
Israel. She should be remembered for her friendly attitude toward Israel and her
staunch support for the peace process.
ALAN WEBBER Netanya The writer is
chairman of the Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association
Sir, – Readers of the paper edition of The Jerusalem Post may not realize that
the same Dry Bones cartoon has kept its high profile position on the paper’s
website since back in early January.
If it is still fresh enough to
continue its prominence, it is fresh enough to continue the debate about
The cartoon hopes “the world stops worrying about the Jewish state
building homes for Jews.”
But the issue the cartoon deftly conceals is:
Where? France has the right to build homes for the French in Paris, but not in
Madrid, Amsterdam or Brussels. Israel has the right to build homes for Jews in
Tel Aviv, Haifa and west Jerusalem, but not in Arab east Jerusalem or Amman or
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, but it also
appears to be the only conqueror in the Middle East – and modern history indeed
shows that popularity and conquest are connected with one another. Wasn’t the
West’s victory in the Cold War supposed to represent its repudiation of
conquest? When will this cartoon – a disguised promotion of conquest – be
JAMES ADLER Cambridge, Massachusetts