Battling for all
Sir, – Moshe Feiglin (“Police weighing possible indictment
against Feiglin,” January 2) deserves thanks for challenging the incredible laws
prohibiting his praying on the Temple Mount.
These unfortunate statutes
are unique in civilized society. If he is prosecuted, all rational people will
come to his defense.
He is battling for everyone.
Sir, – Haven’t the police got anything better to do with their time
(e.g., pursuing habitual traffic offenders, rapists or murderers) than charging
Moshe Feiglin only for practicing his religion? What a chutzpah!
Sir, – Your “3,000 trees to be planted in Israel to
memorialize Newtown victims” (January 2) was a beautiful article.
there has been so much negative propaganda against Israel. This article was an
outstanding example of the country’s morality.
Veronique Pozner, mother
of Noah Pozner, the youngest and sole Jewish victim, lives outside Israel, and
Israel, without hesitation, responded to her request. She wished to plant trees
in honor of all 26 victims.
We mourn the loss of Noah and the other 25
innocent lives. Trees represent life, growth and knowledge. May they serve as an
example of standing up for what is right.
I pray that Veronique Pozner
and her family have the strength to get back up and live a long and healthy
Far to the Left
Sir, – Your editorial of
January 1 (“Peres’s duty”) defending the president’s right (and even obligation)
to voice his opinion, tilts so far to the Left that it should have appeared in
the paper as an op-ed, bearing the writer’s name.
Appearing as an
editorial gives the impression that the views expressed are collective ones
supported by the paper as a whole. I find it strange that the paper should give
us an editorial so at odds with public opinion.
Sir, – Really, what disease of political correctness has hit you? You are now
equating Shimon Peres’s very debatable and potentially damaging statement about
Mahmoud Abbas being a dependable peace partner, with Ezer Weizman’s wisecrack
about homosexuals – something that was strictly personal.
Sir, – I am surprised and astonished at the views
expressed by David Newman (“2013 – Saving Israel’s democratic values,”
Borderline Views, January 1).
Most surprising is his determination that
NGO Monitor’s “paranoia” research “could severely damage future funding of
research and civil society activities” in Israel. Abundant evidence exists on
substantial funding by European bodies, as well as the EU itself, of left-wing
Israeli NGOs, which at best is quasi-legal and violates both the spirit and the
letter of NGOs, which by definition should be apolitical.
Newman a “right-wing” NGO is antidemocratic, while a “left wing” NGO is the
quintessence of democratic values.
I would expect better research from a
person holding a responsible academic position.
Finally, in his opening
remarks Newman reflects on the “spiritual stock-taking” on the occasion of the
Jewish New Year. With the recent Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers still fresh
in my mind, I would point out that while spiritual, the stock-taking also deals
with a long list of very prevalent transgressions for which we should