July 18: 'Stay out of it'

“Unprecedented'” is actually a good word for what these US legislators are doing.

By JERUSALEM POST READERS
July 17, 2010 23:03
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Stay out of it

Sir, – “Unprecedented'” is actually a good word for what these US legislators are doing (“‘Unprecedented’ letter addressed to Oren from US senator slams pending conversion legislation,” July 15).

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Whether or not one agrees with the proposed law does not excuse US government officials for blatant interference with Israeli law and life. I am sure they would not be happy if Israel interfered with proposed American laws.

URI HIRSCH
Netanya

There’s no other side

Sir, – Michael Isaacs says that “...there are rights on both sides and... concessions must be made by both sides for peace” (“Satirizing for Israel,” July 14).

I disagree because there is no such people as “Palestinians.”

Therefore, they have no rights to the Land of Israel, which is the historic and legal Jewish homeland, and no concessions to make other than trying to behave like civilized human beings.

Very wrongly, Israel has made enormous concessions to this fake people, causing us further deligitimization.

Those concessions gave up Jewish land and brought us death, destruction and a constant call for further concessions.

If the world is unable to see us living in the tiny strip of land that is Eretz Yisrael, it seems obvious that it is unable to see us living, period.

Before, during and after WWII the world without a murmur deserted the Jewish people while Jews were being systematically annihilated.

Now, it is looking to do the same.

We have a provenance to this land and we must never forget it, because without it we are nothing.

YENTEL JACOBS
Netanya

Share that knowledge

Sir, – With regard to “Knesset strips MK Haneen Zoabi of privileges over Gaza flotilla affair” (July 14), Zoabi says the Knesset “has no idea of what democracy is.”

She ought to share her rich democratic knowledge with her kinsmen: Libyans, Saudis and the like.

Then these democracies might allow their women to drive, vote and, like Zoabi, even be elected to parliament.

A. INSELBERG
Ra’anana

Good questions

Sir, – Regarding the ad “Questions rarely asked and never answered,” placed in your newspaper on July 14 by Eliezer Whartman, the questions are well formulated and right on the spot.

What Whartman wrote is very crucial for Israel. We are very thankful for what he brought up, and that the ad appeared in The Jerusalem Post.

We want to relate to Question 9 regarding the Scandinavian issue, since we are Scandinavian.

It’s only partly true that there is an anti-Semitic background for the political standpoints. We see that, for example, the English and French democracies aren’t much better. And by the way, what’s happening in the US? The problem, we feel, has a lot to do with the large influx of Muslims to Scandinavia, so it has a lot to do with winning their votes. Then, of course, there reside classic anti-Semitic opinions underneath.

We would like to read more in the Post about the issues raised in the ad. We understand that it is an independent newspaper and should so be. But again, we advocate a newspaper that brings up and openly discusses the questions that we as subscribers understand are important.

We also feel that those questions directly relating to the Post should be taken very seriously by its editors.

DR. HENRIK and ROCKY RABER
Stockholm

New syndrome discovered

Sir, – Already identified is “Jerusalem Syndrome,” an unrealistic, personal obsession fueled by religiosity in which the sufferer is the redeemer of mankind. It seems that we can now add “East Jerusalem Syndrome,” a fervent, obsessional desire, shared by many, to divide the eternal city of Jerusalem in half (“Whose city is it anyway?,” Opinion, July 13).

This obsession is fueled by various combinations of geopolitics and human rights ideology.

It is seldom acknowledged that the “freed” half of the city would contain the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery, the necropolis on the Mount of Olives, one in continuous use for thousands of years to this day, except for 1948-1967, when it was under Jordanian rule. The evidence of its desecration under Jordanian auspices sits atop the mount in the form of a hotel, built on cemetery land. Also, the wholesale removal of tombstones by the Jordanians and residents of Silwan for mundane building purposes is well documented.

United Jerusalem is dependent on Jewish unity and a wholehearted revulsion at, and mourning of, desecration, as we repeat year after year at Tisha B’Av.

MIRIAM L. GAVARIN
Jerusalem

Meant every word

Sir, – I stand by everything I wrote (“Give us beauty!,” Letters, July 12). If appearances were not important, the zilliondollar beauty industry would be bankrupt, nobody would buy new lipstick and cosmetic surgeons would be out of business.

All I was suggesting is that the medusa-like ladies get their hair done professionally. And as for the plain one, I used that word deliberately to avoid an even stronger one.

JENNY SHIPMAN
Ra’anana

More on the IPO, please Sir, – I have been a subscriber to the Post for as long as I have been a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. That’s nearing three decades.

Every morning, I open the arts/culture page of your paper hoping to find some news about the IPO, but am thoroughly disappointed.

Nothing. Not one word.

One may find reviews of obscure projects, articles on rock stars and every other thing you can imagine.

Something on the IPO? Silence.

This situation has been going on for much too long.

In surveys of our subscribers it has been found that the Post is the second-most widely read newspaper.

It seems inconceivable to me that great artists such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Itzhak Perlman and our own Zubin Mehta arrive in the country to play or conduct concerts, and there isn’t one peep.

Information regarding our next season has gone unprinted only in your paper. This leads me to the conclusion that there is a blackout policy regarding the IPO unless it is a paid advertisement.

Please say that this is not so.

Many of our guest artists read the newspaper and hope to see some mention of themselves, and it just doesn’t happen.

SALLY BEN MOSHE
Kfar Saba
The writer plays horn in the IPO.

The Editor notes: The IPO has been mentioned in the Post several times in 2010 alone in the form of reviews, articles or listings. There is no blackout policy.

The fight for Gilad

Sir, – I am a freelance photographer from UK visiting family in Israel with a friend. We were fortunate to arrive in time to take part in the march for Gilad Schalit the week before last (“‘Don’t abandon my son,’ pleads Aviva Schalit, as trek reaches Jerusalem,” July 9).

We took hundreds of photos, which have since gone out on Facebook.

We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from Israelis of all ages, and dismayed by some extremists who shouted at us to “go home to America,” and by the so-called “Prisoners of Zion” who demonstrated against the marchers.

Where was Natan Sharansky, the famous fighter for human rights, the ultimate prisoner of Zion? I remember tales of how my father and grandparents in the UK demonstrated for his release, even though at the time it seemed like mission impossible.

I hope that the fervor for Gilad Schalit will prevail and that people will stand vigil before the offices of the International Red Cross, EU and Quartet.

When I return home this week I intend to ask people in my shul to become active on Gilad’s behalf.

We can never do enough for his release.

HARRY HARRIS
Wigginton, Hertfordshire, UK


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