Smelling like a rose
Sir, – Everyone owes a debt of gratitude to the government
for its superb handling of our enemies’ nefarious attempt to disrupt the
goings-on at Ben-Gurion Airport (“Israeli authorities pleased that ‘flytilla’
participants fail to disrupt airport routine,” April 16).
international media were deprived of the possibility of a violent flow of blood,
which was the goal of the numerous pathological troublemakers.
unite in thanking those whose difficult task it is to ensure public order. The
Jerusalem Post deserves credit, too, for its restrained coverage.
nice for once to smell like a rose.ESTER ZEITLIN
Sir, – The
recent attempted flyin is just another mark of evil regimes of the Middle East
that have kept their people in virtual bondage for many years. It is Israel that
is holding out a beacon of light as to how a country in the year 2012 can
There is no other nation in the Middle East and
in most of the Western world that has Israel’s democracy.
It is this
thought that so disturbs these propagandists, who want to bring about our
country’s annihilation. They dare not allow a model of democracy to continue to
exist to show the poor Arab people that Israel is a land of hope and that Arab
nations are countries of despair.
The Western participants of the
“flytilla” know that their own countries have failed them as well.THELMA
Sir, – Rather then using the occasion for public relations in
our favor, we over-reacted. We should have let the activists come, greet them,
and let them visit Bethlehem and other places as long as they behaved within the
We should have let them see our hospitals, with a large percentage
of Palestinian patients.
Instead, we mobilized an exaggerated amount of
The activists achieved their goal without even flying when they
demonstrated at various airports abroad. Had they come, less attention would
have been paid to them. It was a populist decision, like many, such as that
declaring Günter Grass persona non grata, which made more noise then his abject
Both of these events should have been used and exploited in a more
Maybe there are just too many unqualified cabinet
ministers HENRY WEIL
Sir, – MK Haneen Zoabi (“Left-wing parties call on
authorities to let ‘flytilla’ activists into country,” April 16) declares that
our reaction to the fly-in proves that Israel violates the human rights of
citizens around the world.
Zoabi has become an expert at distorting any
and every action taken by Israel to continue to handle its crises in reasonable
ways. “Preventing [activists] from entering the country,” she is quoted as
saying, “will not stop them from continuing to fight for the Palestinians’
True enough, but let them continue this senseless, hate-filled
battle in their own countries.
Would Zoabi or Meretz leader Zehava Gal-on
allow people known to despise their family into their homes? Israel did what was
lawfully possible and practical, and achieved its goal without violence or
upheaval. On the other hand, the provocateurs achieved success by getting their
pictures in the paper and having their cause publicized.
situation, I believe.MARCELLA WACHTEL
Jerusalem Street loos for all?
Sir, – It was encouraging to read about the new pay toilets (“Boutique pay
toilet chain ‘2theloo’ debuts new Mideast ‘relief’ program in Tel Aviv,” April
They include a stall for changing diapers. Is one of the stalls
wheelchair-accessible? BATYA LEVINSON
Jerusalem More than ‘mufleta’
Regarding “Happy Mimouna!” (April 15), my family likes to enjoy the Passover
holiday in Israel. However, in recent years we have stopped participating in the
Mimouna, which has become the holiday of the mufleta, or, as you describe it, “a
North African Jewish pancake.”
We asked over a dozen people who were
celebrating at different locations about the source and meaning of the holiday,
and believe it or not almost all spoke enthusiastically only about the mufletot
and the other holiday foods (although some went further and noted the belly
dancers that have become such an integral part of the day).
In only one
newspaper did I find a reference to the source for the holiday and mention of
the Rambam’s father. How sad and painful that in Israel, of all places, the
holiday has been so diluted and voided of its essence.
I’m not at all
sure that the Rambam would have placed an emphasis on the mufletot or invited
belly dancers.A. BEN-YOSEF
New York No need for club
Sir, – “I’m not a
Jew – just Jewish” was no more than a throwaway crack by Jonathan Miller in the
revue “Beyond the Fringe,” which ran with great success in London and then on
Broadway during the early 1960s (“Even our own,” Letters, April 15).
show featured four young graduates from Oxford and Cambridge, the others being
Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and playwright and author Alan Bennett.
revolutionary in its day and considered the inspiration for the subsequent wave
of British satire, especially Monty Python and “Private Eye.” The revue took
swipes at everything previously thought sacrosanct, such as the monarchy, the
Church, the law, the government and, of course, the self-satisfied pomposity of
the British in general.
I saw the show in London and, like everybody, was
delighted by so many balloons being pricked so refreshingly. Alan Bennett's
"fireside vicar” monologue, for example, was a classic dig at the fatuousness of
Now one of the world’s most respected theatrical directors,
particularly of opera, Miller has publicly said that while never denying his
Jewishness, he chooses not to practice its religion or identify with the
community or Zionism. He is, however, vehemently Jewish when confronted with
anti-Semitism and has never said anything that could be construed as making him
a “self-hating Jew” – just one who has chosen not to be a “member of the
If it had not been for Miller and his colleagues, “Life of Brian”
would never have been made.GEOFFREY PREGER
Sir, – You published an excellent editorial on April 12 (“Let
Pollard go!”). It gives all the right reasons, from the immorality of the
situation and the fact that all other spies of that era have long since been
freed, to the fact that there is a lot more support now for Jonathan Pollard’s
But there is one fact that everyone seems to be forgetting. As
groups of rowdy American seventh-graders have learned for years in civics
class, the Constitution of the United States expressly forbids cruel and unusual
punishment – which is what Pollard has been suffering for years. In other words,
his plight is unconstitutional.
Enough, already.THELMA JACOBSON
Petah Tikva Role model
Sir, – I was dismayed when leafing through the January
edition of Blush (a Jerusalem Post supplement) to see the photo of a model
casually smoking a cigarette.
Even if this is not actually illegal (and I
suspect it is), surely as a society aren’t we beyond holding this sort of thing
up as a role model to ourselves and our children? MICHAEL HAVIN