The Bat Ayin boys
Sir, – Regarding “Bat Ayin boys aged 12 and 13 arrested in
connection to firebombing of Palestinian family” (August 27), it’s time for
people to stand up and state unequivocally that they are opposed to the horrors
of racism and terror, from whatever quarter it stems. And as we begin the new
school year it’s incumbent upon the education system, in conjunction with
parents, to teach tolerance and that we are all created in the image of
I call for the political and religious leadership to take a stand
and call for a mass demonstration.
Zeh lo haderech. This is not our way.
Derachehah darchei noam. The ways of the Torah are pleasant and
Sir, – These are children,
for heaven’s sake! Twelve- and 13- year-olds, building and tossing firebombs.
Where did they learn such things? Children are not genetically predisposed to be
“terrorists” – as Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon called the as-yetunidentified
perpetrators of the firebombing.
Rabbis, parents and community leaders
from Bat Ayin create a poisonous environment for their children: attempted
murder at a nearby Palestinian girls’ school; regular harassment of Palestinians
in nearby villages; the destruction of Palestinian farms; the uprooting of
Palestinian olive and fig trees; the shooting of Palestinian
Children can be taught to hate and hurt... or to heal and
help. May the God of Bat Ayin heal and help His children of all ages!
Sir, – It’s not acts of terrorism – it’s simply
When I was growing up my father worked and my mother stayed
home – and we had food on the table. I also had a mother who asked me how my day
Nowadays, both the father and the mother work, and just about every
mother finds it hard to be both a mother and a wage-earner. Moreover, changes in
rules at school regarding child discipline have made it more difficult to
control disruptive children, and often teachers are afraid to take corrective
action because parents themselves refuse to believe that their children behave
To raise kind children who also respect others takes time and
effort. Anything the government can do so that a working parent can be at home
during the critical after-school hours would be a step in the right direction,
and potentially very beneficial for many of our societal ills.
The writer is a teacher
Sir, – With regard to the recent mob attack
in Jerusalem, young Jewish lads should not be harming Arab youths unless it’s
done because they themselves are being attacked.
When Jew-haters go into
the street preaching death to Jews, civil behavior flies out the window and
self-preservation becomes the norm.
We are the “chosen
Let’s act that way.
writer is a former leader of the Jewish Defense League in Chicago
Sir, – MK Zahava Gal-On met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas (“Abbas tells Meretz leader he will proceed with UN bid,” August
The fact that Gal-On agreed to meet with a man who has consistently
refused to meet with our prime minister shows both a distinct lack of respect
for Binyamin Netanyahu and an absence of support for him. As such her action
should be roundly censured.
DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – As a member of the registered Pirate Party of Israel I would like
to bring to your attention that the people mentioned in “‘Pirates’ land in
Israel, will inaugurate political party in Bat Yam” (August 27) are not official
members of the Pirate Party of Israel, although the conference they are planning
is a blessed independent initiative to promote ideas presented by the Pirate
parties across the globe.
Please clarify this to your readers so as not
to spread false information, as if the conference will be admitting people to a
registered party in Israel.
The writer is
spokesperson for Pirate Party Israel
Letters about letters
Sir, – Raymond Cannon
(“No Christian outcry,” Letters, August 27) wonders why Church leaders have not
repudiated the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas, in which he denied Jewish ties to Jerusalem. These remarks
certainly strike a shattering blow to Christian theology.
though, it occurred to me that the damage to the Church’s fundamental tenets is,
in fact, even greater than that put forward in the letter. If Jews were not
around in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, who, then, was responsible for killing
him? Could the deed perhaps have been carried out by the Palestinians? This
possibility poses a real headache for Church leaders.
Sir, – Reader B. Yagil (“Physician, clean thyself!,” Letters, August 27)
wonders how many physicians launder their ties. In fact, almost all doctors in
Israel work tieless.
I am reminded of the question so often asked of me:
“What made you leave South Africa, where you had such a large and lucrative
medical practice?” My standard reply to what I considered a stupid question was,
“I do not like wearing ties.”
MONTY M. ZION
The writer is a
Sir, – Caroline B. Glick (“Israel faces a
cynical world,” Column One, August 24) is mistaken by interpreting the ongoing
legal-political discussion in Germany about circumcision as an expression of
It is in fact about the rights of children to not be
harmed unnecessarily and to have the right to decide about nonnecessary medical
interventions – which circumcision certainly is in spite of its great potential
health benefits – at an age in which they are able to give legally binding
That this insistence on children’s rights contravenes a very
ancient Jewish religious law is a major collision of interests, and German
politicians of practically all parties in the Bundestag are trying hard to find
a viable solution.
We Germans (at least the vast majority) are very aware
that in all matters regarding Jewish life in today’s Germany there must be great
Nonetheless, the no-harmimperative has a constitutionally
binding character, because of which the recent verdict about the purported
unlawfulness of circumcision practiced on male newborns cannot be taken
There should be an acceptable compromise to deal with this
collision of interests. The circumcision of newborns, no matter Jewish or
Muslim, should be allowed if it fulfills three criteria: 1. Parents declare a
special religious interest 2. The procedure is done, if not by a physician, then
at least by a mohel (religious circumciser) who acts under medical supervision
3. The procedure is done with sufficient local anesthesia.
It would be a
great misfortune if Israeli people viewed the discussion of circumcision in
Germany as an expression of a newly-risen anti-Semitism.
certainly not the case, at least not with respect to the majority of
The writer is a physician