The Beck goes on
Sir, – I take issue with the comment by Gil Hoffman that Glenn
Beck’s Jerusalem rally was attended by more than 1,000 Evangelical Christians
and “right-wing Israelis” (“Beck vows to defend Israel against UN, NGOs,” August
Why on earth should it be presumed that the Israelis who support
Beck and his strongly pro- Israel stand and attend his rallies are exclusively
right-wingers? I think that many patriotic Israelis, even those who don’t
necessarily see themselves as right-wingers, love Beck for loving Israel – and
for his loyal and ardent support of our country.RHONA YEMINI
Sir, – Michael Evans (“The right kind of friend for Israel,” Comment &
Features, August 25) laments the lost opportunity in not wholeheartedly
embracing a popular figure like Glenn Beck.
It is precisely because Beck
is popular and mainstream that he alienates so many Jewish
Since Jews were traditionally marginalized themselves, they
tend to identify with others who have been marginalized.
This can have
heroic consequences, as when US Jews aided and sacrificed for civil rights in
the 1960s. But this same tendency can result in self-destructive behavior,
leading some intellectuals, such as Noam Chomsky, to champion the rights of
Marginalized does not always equate to worthy.
Beck, as an individual, has little in common with Jews except for his love for
the Jewish people and Israel. Please don’t marginalize him.DAVID KATCOFF
Sir, – The Media Comment piece by Israel Medad and Eli Pollak
(“The anti-Beck crusade,” August 25) sounds pretty much like an anti-anti-Beck
These two gentlemen see nothing at all wrong with Glenn Beck
coming here right after being fired from the extreme-rightwing Fox News
(probably for being too far to the right even for them). They too are saying
that “they know what the Israeli public wants and feels.”LEONARD ZURAKOV
Sir, – Regarding “The anti-Beck crusade,” whatever one might think about
Glenn Beck (and let’s admit it, he is controversial), it strikes me that his
message about restoring courage might be of particular interest to Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, who keeps on talking about apologizing to Turkey without
knowing what he would be apologizing for.FRANK J. VAN BERS
Sir, – I’m thrilled that The Jerusalem Post has run against the tide of the
staunch anti- Glenn Beck bias. Sans hyperbole, writers Medad, Pollak and Evans
expose those who resort to fabrication and the slander of Beck, who bears the
onslaught and then pushes on despite it all.
The press, once upon a time
a fortress of truth, is not able to separate what Beck says from its disdain and
suspicion of the man. Were the journalists who belittle and distrust him capable
of this exercise in honesty, they would hardly skew his words in support of
By penning and printing these articles, the writers and the Post
stand squarely on the side of honesty.ANDREA ELLER
Regarding Reuven Hammer’s letter (“Beck and Israel,” August 24), Beck and the
Christians accompanying him were 100 percent respectful of the rally
The event was not even on the Temple Mount, so why the concern?
Also, gentiles were able, albeit with some restrictions, to bring sacrifices to
the Temple, and certainly allowed to ascend the mount itself.
is so concerned about the violation of the sacred Temple Mount, why isn’t he
daily protesting the Wakf’s recurring desecration there? CHAIM ABRAMOWITZ
Sir, – Regarding your extensive coverage of Glenn Beck’s rallies, what
I find remarkable in Jewish history is that aid and relief more often than not
come from the most unexpected sources: kings, sultans, diplomats, industrialists
and many ordinary people who may or may not have ulterior motives. Nonetheless,
their efforts have always been always appreciated.
It would have been
unimaginable 60 years ago to believe that today, the greatest support for
Israel’s well-being would come from 40 million American
Whether this backing is part of the Divine plan I would be
reluctant to say, but the inability of so many of our citizens and alleged
leaders to accept it leads me to question our ability to be
Ma’aleh Adumim Pollard more worthy
Sir, – There was
a demonstration outside Beit Hanassi on behalf of Jonathan Pollard during an
August 22 visit by two busloads of US congressmen, yet I could not find any
photograph or mention of this in your newspaper over subsequent
There were at least 50 people present.
But on August 25 I
opened my Post to Page 3 and, lo and behold, there was a picture of
demonstrators from Peace Now protesting Glenn Beck’s rally, as well as mention
of some of their comments.
I would consider that Pollard deserved mention
rather than the Peace Now agitators.SID LEVINE
Sir, – Anav Silverman’s article (“Do UNRWA schools encourage terror
against Israel?,” Comment & Features, August 22) only confirms what many
have long suspected about the UN agency’s operations. And the letter of response
from UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness (“UNRWA on op-ed,” August 25) was entirely
predictable, quoting facts that suit the writer’s purpose and obfuscating
criticism by James G. Lindsay and Andrew Whitley, two prominent insiders, that
According to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, West Germany “single-
handedly absorbed 17 million East Germans in 1989.” Jewish refugees from Arab
lands, outnumbering the displaced Arabs, were similarly absorbed after 1948,
with no help asked or received from international organizations.
existence of UNRWA has enabled wealthy Arab states to shrug off all moral and
financial responsibility for displaced Palestinians over the past 60-odd years.
As a result, the Palestinian refugee problem has been statistically inflated;
their resettlement as full citizens in Arab and Muslim lands has callously been
denied; UNRWA and its self-perpetuating bureaucrats have channeled Western aid
that directly or indirectly fosters resentment, brain-washing and anti-Zionist
hatred; and Israel has become the target of anti- Jewish propaganda throughout
There will never be peace in this region until UNRWA is
disbanded and replaced by an effective resettlement agency insisting that Arabs
take care of Arabs and cease to blame Israel for their own mistakes and lost
opportunities.GABRIEL A. SIVAN
Jerusalem Ungrateful employers
Sir, – It
appears that in many restaurants, cafe houses and other eating establishments,
the server does not receive the tip you leave behind. Instead the amount you
leave is deducted from the server’s salary.
In other words, you are
giving the tip to the owner and paying more for your order than what is shown on
the menu. Why this is allowed I am not quite sure, except for the accepted
behavior of companies to their employees and patrons, which appears lately to be
a lot less acceptable.
The next time you plan to leave a tip you might
want to inquire who is actually receiving it, and then make an informed