October 17: Guarding groves
Perhaps Hanan Ashrawi can be persuaded to call for protection for the children of Sderot and nearby towns.
Letters Photo: REUTERS/Handout
Sir, – So, Hanan Ashrawi calls for international observer teams
to protect Palestinian olive groves from attack (“Ashrawi calls for int’l
observers to protect Palestinian olive groves,” October 15).
that’s a wonderful idea.
Perhaps she can be persuaded to call for similar
protection for the children of Sderot and nearby towns.
Sir, – Israel Police should be guarding Palestinian farmers and not IDF soldier
guards “Rights groups: Protect Palestinian olive trees,” October
This is protection against possible criminal activity in case
Israeli citizens will try to sabotage the harvest. IDF solders are very
restricted by regulations where any criminal activity carried out by Jewish
settlers against Palestinians is concerned.
They can only try to separate
between the clashing parties, can make no arrests, and run the serious risk of
being injured personally.
Why should policing be on the defense budget?
If we are really serious about stopping this criminal activity which brings us a
lousy name in the world media let those authorized to deal with the problem deal
with it immediately.
It is time we brought to an end numerous clashes
which can never be successfully investigated and those guilty efficiently and
IDF soldiers are not trained to be policemen!
Sir, – On Sunday, The Jerusalem Post wrote in
“IAF strikes Gaza global jihadis, killing two, following rocket attack on
Netivot” (October 14) that “Friday’s rocket attack triggered air raid sirens in
the town, sending residents running for cover, before exploding in the backyard
of a family home. The projectile sent shrapnel flying into... a boys bedroom.
‘What if the child would have been there [in his room]?’ the IDF Spokesman’s
Office asked on its official Twitter account.”
So what would have
happened if the child would have been in his room? Depending on whether the
child was killed, badly injured or frightened almost to death, the prime
minister would have offered his condolences and stated that he held Hamas
directly responsible. Or he would have just stated that he held Hamas
responsible, or would have said nothing. It would then be business as
Israelis being used as daily target practice by our enemies while
our prime minister carries on with a tit-for-tat response, not having what it
takes to order the total destruction of our enemies and make good on his
promises to work for the security and well-being of the Israeli people.
are all at the mercy of psychopaths because our prime minister and defense
minister are too worried about world opinion. Will the people finally show at
the upcoming elections their abhorrence of them for acting with depraved
indifference to the never ending onslaught against Israelis? All the rest have
been tried, tested and failed. Now try the best and give Moshe Feiglin the
chance he and the people deserve and see how quickly our faith, pride and
deterrence will be restored.
Past the violence
– Hillary Clinton must be traveling to a different Middle East (“Clinton says US
must look past violence and embrace Arab Spring despite dangers,” International
News, October 14).
She looks around at hundreds of thousands of Muslims
who embrace the Arab Spring shouting “Destroy Israel! Destroy the United
States,” and nonchalantly declares “we must look past the violence.” But what’s
past the violence in the Arab world? More dead ambassadors. More dead Americans.
More dead Israelis.
Hillary believes that you can’t expect “a year of
democratic transition” to drain the reservoirs of decades of dictatorship. If
only she could look past this “year of democratic transition” she would see
future decades of dictatorships already renewing themselves across the Arab
“Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it.” Get past
Sir, – Either the pink glasses
through which Hillary Clinton sees the world are totally opaque or she lives in
a parallel universe along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, because otherwise
there can be no logical explanation for her incredible take on the so called
Arab Spring: “The US must look past the violence and extremism that has erupted
after the Arab Spring revolutions and boost support for the region’s young
What “young democracies” is she talking about? The public
unrest and riots in every Arab/Muslim country have only led to more extreme
governments, civil wars and even greater hate for the US and everything it
stands for. But I guess we shouldn’t be so surprised, since her reaction to the
ever-growing influence and power of extremist Islamic governments, including the
brutal and terrorist murder of the American ambassador to Libya says it all:
Washington cannot be deterred by “the violent acts of a small number of
If this is how she sees what is happening in our region,
then I fear that when she truly “looks past” the violence that characterized the
“Arab Spring,” she will find only more violence in what seems to be shaping up
to a cold and severe “Arab Winter.”
Sir, – Geoffrey Preger (Letters, October 12) is right in saying that
there is nothing Jewish about the Babylonian month names used in the Hebrew
calendar, but he is wrong in thinking that these month names all come from the
names of Babylonian gods.
Of the Hebrew month names, only Tammuz is known
to come from the name of a Babylonian deity. Cheshvan comes from a Babylonian
phrase meaning “eighth month,” etymologically related to “yareach shmini”
(eighth moon) in Hebrew, and identical in meaning to “October.”
Hebrew month names come from Babylonian words referring to weather conditions or
agricultural activities, for example Tevet may be related to the Hebrew root
tava and mean the month of sinking (into the mud); Shevat is related to the
Hebrew root shabat, (to beat), and refers to the hard rains of that month, the
root also being the source of Hebrew shevet (staff). Elul, which began with the
letter ayin in Babylonian, means the month of putting in, i.e. harvesting, and
is related to the Hebrew root alal, also the source of Hebrew ol
These etymologies come from one of my favorite books, Ernest
Klein’s Etymological Dictionary of the Hebrew Language.
Sir – It is difficult to deal judiciously with Peace
Now and the attitude of its executive director, Yariv Oppenheimer. They are
appalled at the verdict finally given after seven years that the Jewish
residents of Hebron have the legal right to live in Beit Hashalom (“Barak:
Jewish families can return to Hebron house,” October 12).
was legally purchased and even though the verdict was seven years in coming, the
residents can now live without fear of harassment except for organizations like
Peace Now that do not care one whit about legality if it interferes with Peace
Now’s agenda. That agenda seems to be to make much of Israel free of
No student of Jewish history could ever claim that Hebron was not
Jewish. The great Cave of the Patriarchs was bought by Abraham and recorded as
such in the very Bible recognized by the major monotheistic
Peace Now should have gone through a period of
self-examination for its deeds and come to the conclusion that it should pay
compensation for the heartbreak it caused the residents of Beit