Sir, – Regarding “Grunis: Disqualifying Knesset candidates is
too extreme” (August 22), Supreme Court president Asher Grunis claims that MK
Haneen Zoabi’s presence on the Mavi Marmara “comes especially close to the
forbidden area of activity.”
He also claims that her presence on the ship
should not be taken lightly.
Of course not. Passengers on the ship were
equipped with lethal weapons. They attacked our soldiers with poles and sticks,
I wish to remind Justice Grunis that in the 1988
elections, the late Meir Kahane and his Kach list were disqualified because the
High Court said they racist. That decision was a bald lie because the dictionary
explains racist as one who believes that “one race is superior to others.” Kach
and Rabbi Kahane never claimed as such.
Polls showed that Kach would
receive up to 12 seats in that election, thus the court’s decision was
political, not the rule of law.
Double standard? You bet.CHAIM
Ma’aleh Adumim We deserve it
Sir, – I am absolutely amazed at the lack
of response by the Israeli government and Jewish organizations to the sentence a
US military court gave Bradley Manning (“WikiLeaks soldier Manning sentenced to
35 years in prison for espionage,” August 22).
Manning’s crime was far
more dangerous to the US than was Jonathan Pollard’s, yet he will be eligible
for parole in just a few years. If Manning’s name had been Bernie Markowitz,
he’d be sitting next to Pollard for the rest of his life.
Unless there is
a secret protocol attached to the talks between Israel and the Palestinian
Authority regarding Pollard’s release, he will die in prison.
from the Likud, from Avigdor Liberman, Naftali Bennett, Uzi Landau, the Anti-
Defamation League, the “official Jews” and the Israeli media. We deserve what we
Ra’anana A lot to learn
Sir, – Two statements by Andrew
Hamilton (“Israel, the un-apartheid state – a comparison with Australia,”
Comment & Features, August 22) are correct: Israel is not an apartheid state
and never had specific racist laws. However, beyond that, Hamilton’s view is
Australia has come a long way since its racist past
and made conscious efforts to change. It has had an official policy of
multiculturalism, with laws, institutions and educational means of
implementation. The fact that few Jews are seen in elected positions is not
proof of discrimination, but rather that they don’t seek office for all kinds of
reasons. (Australia did have two Jewish governors-general.) While Israel never
had discriminatory laws, in practice things happen here that would not be
possible in Australia today: A government-paid official (a rabbi) calling
publicly on the population not to make housing or employment available to a
minority; the segregation of public buses; and official support for entire
groups to be exempt from military service, broad school curricula and paying
So it is not the legal situation that matters, but the political
will to build a fair and equitable nation where prejudice and discrimination are
unacceptable and offenders get dealt with accordingly. In that respect Israel
has a lot to learn from Australia.URI THEMAL
Kiryat Tivon The writer was
executive director of multicultural affairs for Queensland Bad on Livni
Isn’t it somewhat presumptuous of Tzipi Livni, whose party received six mandates
in the last election, to advise Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to oust Bayit
Yehudi and replace it with Labor so we can arrive at a two-state solution and
live happily ever after (“Livni says peace would be easier without Bennett,”
August 21)? Livni claims to be speaking in the name of peace, but she persists
in the misconception that Israel is the impediment by indicating that the new
culprit is Bayit Yehudi. What the general public seems to be grasping, and some
Arab publicists are willing to say, is that the Palestinians are the ones
standing in the way of peace because they refuse to negotiate without
preconditions and are either unable or unwilling to make concessions.
releasing the unrepentant perpetrators of vile terrorist attacks against its
citizens, Israel has made more than enough of a gesture toward peace. Let’s wait
and see what the other side comes up with before embarking on this precarious
Perhaps Livni should try selling her two-state solution to Egypt,
Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon before applying the model to
Sir, – Recent statements by our chief
negotiator with the Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, are very worrisome.
says peace will demand big sacrifices. From whom? From the Palestinians? No way.
They have never moved one iota from their bargaining positions.
will be no concessions or sacrifices from the Palestinian side, therefore her
statement is directed only to the people of Israel. The Palestinian negotiators
only laugh at her, as she is doing their job so splendidly.
Why are the
negotiations being held in secrecy? In order not to divulge the details of
one-sided concessions and withdrawals Livni might agree to. If these details
become public, large anti-government demonstrations can be expected. They might
ruin the capitulation process and maybe even topple the government.
uses the term “peace process,” thereby hiding the actual process of
Therefore, Bennett must stay in the government. For his
firm stand, the public will be grateful to him at the next election, where Livni
will probably end her political career.
Givatayim Good on
Sir, – With regard to “Livni asks Gavison to draft definition of Israel’s
nature as both ‘Jewish and democratic’” (August 20), Prof. Ruth Gavison is ideal
for this appointment.
The need for a revision of the electoral laws of
Israel is pressing.
We need not merely an upward revision of the
thresholds for party entitlement to seats, we need a constituencybased electoral
system so that Knesset members are representative of, and answerable to, an
electorate of geographicallydefined constituencies as in other democratic,
Modi’in Hardly appetizing
Sir, – You
ruin my breakfast when you give such a prominent platform to the spokesperson of
Gush Shalom (“Supreme Court to rule on legality of settlement boycott,” Comment
& Features, August 21). I am sick of the selfincriminating Jews of Israel
who care more about those who feed on a diet of hate and vilification than they
do about the lives of Israelis.
Why is this country so tolerant of groups
like Gush Shalom, Peace Now and B’Tselem, which incite to destroy Jews and are
lavishly funded by the anti-Semites of Europe? Why does The Jerusalem Post feel
a need to spread their venom? Don’t we get enough of that from non- Israelis?
Sir, – Gush Shalom spokesperson Adam Keller is right
when he states that the Boycott Law constitutes an unacceptable violation of
freedom of speech and political action in Israel.
Israel, as a democratic
and liberal society, should respect the fundamental right of harassing Jews and
telling them where they should or should not live, especially if they are
thought to be, by their mere existence, an obstacle to peace.OSCAR VOLIJ
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