August 13: Finding balance
The Serbs and the Jews share very common histories as historically persecuted peoples.
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Sir, – Most readers understand the difficulty of trying to
ensure balanced news presentation.
David Brinn’s “Perplexing perceptions”
(Observations, August 10) is a worthy exposition of efforts to do just
Why, then, is Gershon Baskin’s regular column in The Jerusalem Post
allowed to propagate so airily the inflammatory accusative word “apartheid,”
regarding others here, as he also voices it in his appearances abroad? In
addition, many reports in the paper use the term “private Palestinian land,”
despite large swaths here being sub judice, although much of it has proven
This seems to be a mantra phrase for the long-barren areas
which we were prevented from reclaiming for disastrous millennia. It slanders
Zionism – as the catastrophe our enemies falsely allege it to be. A plethora of
factual letters and articles have proven not just a few Palestinian claims as
As our democratic Jewish state thrives and diversifies, with
all its warts, no reporter nor any citizen should fail to exercise his vote
“lest word gets out whom he voted for and [his] work is compromised.” As far as
I know, our ballots are secret. Instead, he can unafraid join our ever-loud
non-harmonious but vibrant chorus. Go editorial staff!
Sir, – Thank you for publishing Michael Freund’s “Serbia: Lost and
found,” (Fundamentally Freund, Comment and Features, August 9).
and the Jews share very common histories as historically persecuted peoples –
particularly during one of the worst genocides ever committed in the Nazi-puppet
“independent” state of Croatia.
The recent Yugoslav civil wars can be
viewed as a continuation of World War II because the animosities and mistrust
created as a result of this genocide were never properly dealt with and many of
the perpetrators were left unpunished. And, to add insult to injury, the West
has illegally recognized the “independence” of Kosovo, the spiritual Jerusalem
for the Serbs as a center of the Orthodox Christian faith, violating
international law and the concept of national sovereignty by stealing the
historically Serbian province from Serbia.
The world never heard the
Serbian side of this tragic story as it was largely censored by the mainstream
media. I call upon Jews to learn more about the Serbs and rekindle the
historical friendship that both peoples have shared over many
Sir, – Isi
Leibler’s review of Robert Wistrich’s book on Jews and the Left should prove of
great value to those interested in the phenomenon of intellectual misguidance
(“Wistrich on ‘the Left, the Jews and Israel,’” Candidly Speaking, August 9).
But why just pick on the secular Left? Foolishness is universal.
Nazism arose in Europe, many religious Jews refused to consider emigration to
Israel since Zionism required a Messiah.
These same people also averred
that divine favor alone would accord protection from the Nazis. Even today, in
Israel, the same lethally bad advice is being offered to excuse exemption from
As the Nazis rose to power in the 1930s, many people
grossly underestimated the peril.
Indeed, anti-Semitism in Germany was
hardly ubiquitous, and many Jews knew decent Germans. Despite the fact that
current statistics show far higher levels of Jew-hatred in Islamic lands than
existed in prewar Germany, there are those who rationalize and minimize this
At least authors like Wistrich help dispel the
stereotype that all Jews are intelligent.
Sir, – In his column “Cleaning up an inherited portfolio”
(Your Investments, Business and Finance, August 9), Aaron Katsman questions the
advisability of a 20-something holding Israel bonds in his portfolio.
the contrary: Israel bonds are excellent allocations for most portfolios,
including young adults, and for one of the most fundamental reasons of all –
preservation of capital. At a time when many portfolios are consistently
shrinking, Israel bonds provide consistency of a different sort – a 61-year
record of dependability.
In 61 years, every investor in Israel bonds has
received all interest and principal on time and in full. Moreover, the bonds
organization offers securities with short, medium and long-term maturities,
providing an excellent option for laddered portfolios – an outstanding way to
plan for the future.
Katsman concludes by saying, “There is a good chance
that the relative that left money for you as an inheritance would like you to
gain from it.”
At a time when today’s economic uncertainties are creating
negative returns in many portfolios, there is no better way to gain than by
knowing your investments are reliable and provide a dependable return – two of
the most significant aspects of Israel bonds.
The writer is the associate director of State of Israel Bonds.
Sir, – Although I sometimes disagree with some of the activities and
causes that Shmuley Boteach chooses to identify with, I believe that his
article, “Why I’m traveling to Rwanda,” (Comment and Features, August 8)
deserves the serious attention of all people of conscience.
not only call on us to remember the horrible butchery that took place in Rwanda
in 1994 when hundreds of thousands of the Tutsi tribe were literally machete
hacked to death by the Hutus, he makes us aware that most nations of the world
totally ignored the brutal massacres and did nothing at all to try to prevent
their taking place. He specifically accuses the Clinton administration in the
United States of perfidious behavior when it deliberately frustrated any
attempts by the UN to interfere.
His attention to the genocide in Rwanda,
however, is to alert us to the fact that there are similar atrocities taking
place today, and once again the enlightened world permits itself to effectively
do nothing. Boteach calls for real efforts on the political and military fronts
to halt the daily slaughter by the well armed and trained Syrian army of
hundreds of unarmed civilians.
We in Israel have the right to ask why the
oft repeated call by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the annihilation
of Israel is not in itself sufficient grounds for the expulsion of Iran from the
community of nations.
Must we really wait for the bomb to drop?
Sir, – Greer Fay Cashman’s Grapevine
talked of “The Australian connection” to Israel (Comment and Features, August
In 1948 I was among a dozen Machal volunteers sailing to Israel in an
Italian fishing boat converted by the IDF with an Italian skipper.
us were five Australian Jewish boys who had fought in New Guinea. They told us
that the Zionist establishment in Australia would not support their passage to
Israel and so they decide to work their way over on freighter
Fearing the Suez canal, their target was Europe through the Panama
Canal. The ship they boarded in Australia mutinied and they were stranded in New
Caledonia, France, where they worked in a quarry to make money for continuing
After five months they arrived in the agency refugee camps
near Marseille which was the staging area and on to our ship.
dedication. All I can remember is one whose name was Clyde, we lost touch once