Sir, – Regarding “Norway’s FM slams Lieberman over NGO
funding investigation” (January 13), the Norwegian foreign minister displays
intolerable effrontery and arrogance. How dare he dictate to a sovereign state
whom it may or may not investigate.
Jonas Gahr Store should be delighted
that the NGOs his country supports are to be found squeaky clean with regard to
contacts with terror groups. Of course, it is possible he suspects this might
not be the case.OSCAR DAVIES
Sir, – In “Despite video credit,
Spain denies sponsoring Palestinian ad to boycott Israeli goods” (January 13),
the Spanish ambassador to Israel conspicuously fails to say what his country is
going to do about this.
The problem with the reckless financial support
for the PA that European governments have provided over the past 10 years is
that it is given without any controls whatsoever. What will it take to wake up
the Spanish government and have it act responsibly?
Sir, – Unlike what Larry Derfner writes (“Still want to
bomb Iran?, Rattling the Cage, January 13), Prime Minister Netanyahu was not
expressing reservations about Meir Dagan’s assessment that Iran wouldn’t have
nuclear weapons before 2015 because he wants to bomb Iran. He simply understands
that an attitude of complacency, a collective sigh of relief, is precisely what
is not needed now.
What is needed now is continued pressure on Iran, not
simply from Israel but from all forces in the West to make it impossible for
Iran to have nuclear weapons.SHALOM FREEDMAN
Jerusalem Boggles the mind
Sir, – The Israel Nurses Association has decided to stop admitting hospital
patients who would be forced to lie in corridors due to a lack of space, or in
departments where occupancy rates are higher than 100 percent (“Nurses: No more
‘corridor patients,’” January 12).
So many hospitals have patients in the
corridor nowadays, and here the Treasury refuses to give money to Jerusalem’s
Bikur Cholim Hospital so that it can remain open. All those hospital beds,
doctors, nurses and equipment could be so well utilized, and the powers that be
want the hospital closed. Mind boggling!
Sir, – Ray Hanania is right that Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, who is
white, has been treated differently from Muslim killers (“Is this not
terrorism?,” Yalla Peace, January 12). But it’s not for the reason he
Within hours after Loughner shot Rep. Giffords, many on the Left
(and Hanania, in his column) rushed to blame the Tea Party movement, Sarah Palin
and conservative talk radio, all without any evidence to support their
The facts – Loughner has no apparent connection to any
coherent political movement or ideology, and has a history of mental illness –
have not slowed their vilification of the American right wing.
2009, when US Army Maj. Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas,
these same people loudly cautioned against a rush to judgment.
Hasan was shown to have spoken approvingly of jihad and to have communicated
with a radical imam known for preaching hate and violence, they fought against
calling his actions “Islamic terrorism” for fear of tarring an entire
Terrorism is the use of violence in order to engender fear in
the general population, usually for purposes of advancing a particular ideology.
Not every violent act resulting in multiple deaths is terrorism.
If I run
your family off the road because you cut me off in traffic, I have committed a
criminal act but not terrorism. If I run over your family while screaming
“Allahu Akbar” as they enter a synagogue, I am a terrorist (even if I act
To answer Hanania’s question: From what we know right now,
Loughner’s actions were the despicable acts of a deranged criminal, but they
were not terrorism.
The Fort Hood massacre was.EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, – I, too, pray for the full recovery of US Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords – but not because she is a fellow Jew. She is not. Her mother is not
Jewish, so Giffords is not Jewish.
Sorry, but religion comes with rules
and regulations. Her paternal grandfather, who was Jewish, did what many
assimilated Jews did and changed his last name. Her father made the choice to
This takes nothing away from the congresswoman, who is many
positive things, but not Jewish.ABE KRIEGER
Highland Park, New Jersey
Richter isn’t alone
Sir, – In “Administrative carnage” (Comment & Features,
January 12), Elihu Richter does not mince his words. His erudite article
expresses the sentiments of so many of us who have battled for years against
successive ministers of transport with agendas similar to that of Yisrael Katz.
Instead of innovative thinking based on successful programs in other countries,
all they attempt to do is reinvent the wheel.
There is absolutely no
culture of accountability in our political system, and the outpourings of
families who have lost loved ones in road accidents, like those bereaved by the
Carmel blaze, reflects the pain and frustration of our public.
that surrounds this issue is crippling.ZELDA HARRIS
is founder and former director of the METUNA road safety organization All views
Sir, – I am dumbfounded by Gershon Baskin’s attack on the University of
British Columbia Hillel (“The view is clearer from here,” Encountering Peace,
During his trip to our campus, Baskin did not visit or make
any effort to contact us, yet he makes the following utterly unsubstantiated and
false claim: “The local Hillel has dismissed the tradition of Hillel, which
encouraged openness, learning, inquiry and pluralism in favor of leading the
campaign to purge the Jewish community of those critical of Israel.”
is a complete distortion of the record of our Hillel, which has consistently
welcomed students of all perspectives and speakers from across the spectrum, and
promoted diversity of opinion and open debate on every Israeli topic. Our
students have heard a diverse mix of Israeli speakers, including Ehud Barak and
Peace Now secretarygeneral Yariv Oppenheimer, and enthusiastically promote
Israel without demonizing Palestinians.
If Baskin had taken time to learn
the facts rather than reiterate the same old criticisms of Israel, Diaspora Jews
and Jewish institutions, maybe he would better contribute to the overall peace
We are an unapologetically Zionist organization. But within the
Zionist movement, we welcome, reflect and celebrate every divergent view. Baskin
should apologize to our students.EYAL LICHTMANN
The writer is
executive director of the Vancouver Hillel Foundation
Gershon Baskin responds: I
am actually very pleased to read this.
I have obviously been misinformed
by some UBC students. I apologize to UBC Hillel and to the Post
readers.Shades of gray
Sir, – I greatly appreciated Liat Collins’s
January 9 piece on the Katsav affair (“Justice for all,” My Word). Unlike many
other commentators, she dealt skillfully with shades of gray rather than the
simplistic black and white so beloved by the media.
DR. D.E. BOISE