IOC, PA and Israel
Sir, – “Sports is a bridge for love,” wrote Jibril Rajoub in
his letter to the International Olympic Committee (“PA thanks IOC for refusing
to hold minute of silence,” July 27). If so why do the Palestinians spew such
He also described sports as a way for “relaying peace between peoples.”
If so, why do they refuse to compete with Israeli teams? Is that not a “factor
for separation and spreading racism...?” Rajoub accuses Israel of attempting to
“exploit the Olympic Games for propaganda purposes.” The Palestinians are
masters at that game and use it at every forum and opportunity to delegitimize
And if you love people, you do not go and murder them the way the
Palestinians did in 1972, in this way dishonoring and belittling all the Olympic
Games stand for.
The Israeli squad went to the games with hope and open
hearts, to give what it is that athletes give. Maybe the Palestinian Authority
should take a leaf out of their book.
Sir, – Jibril
Rajoub’s congratulations to the IOC for not allowing a minute of silence on
behalf of the murdered Israeli athletes accentuates the recognition that the
murder of unarmed, innocent civilians is the Palestinian national
Sir, – As a frequent critic of Israel’s policies
on the West Bank I want to register my unconditional and infinite outrage about
the International Olympic Committee’s utterly detestable refusal to commemorate
the Israeli athletes who were ruthlessly and cold-bloodedly cut down with
subhuman bestiality at the 1972 Olympic Games.
The Olympics, a place
beyond politics, was violated by a bloodbath.
That the IOC will not
commemorate this speaks volumes about the anti-Israelism in the world
That there will be no official commemoration is straight out of
Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World and everything Franz Kafka
Sir, – The International
Olympic Committee’s refusal to even mention the names of the 11 Israeli athletes
murdered at the 1972 Olympics is nothing less than a travesty. It reveals
without any doubt that it is not only elitist but immutably anti-
The IOC not only insulted Israel and the Jewish people, it
betrayed the very meaning and principle of the games. It, and not only the
Germans, who hosted the Munich games, was responsible for the safety of our
What is called for is an acerbic denunciation of the IOC by our
prime minister, a withdrawal from this year’s games and the Olympics altogether,
a demand for the resignation of the entire IOC, especially its president, and a
call for all decent and principled nations to join us.
Sir, – The great Israeli comedian Talia Shapira liked to
lower her voice and impart this truth to the audience: “Life has already got
underway.” Please tell Hirsh Goodman, who in “A win-win situation” (PostScript,
July 27) pleads for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
that negotiations are already underway.
When PA President Mahmoud Abbas
sets preconditions for meeting with Israeli representatives, it is a move in the
negotiations. When Israel refuses to comply, it is another move.
will choose the winner, and whichever party brings strength, smarts and patience
will have time on its side.
MARK L. LEVINSON
Regarding the recent controversy about circumcision and its ban in Germany
(“It’s not about Jew-hatred,” Letters, July 27), the Bible says that God created
man in his own image. Since a male infant is born with foreskin, it must be
assumed that God is uncircumcised also.
God is also supposed to be
absolute and his creations perfect.
So who gave the right to man to
mutilate what God created? One can be just as devout or Jewish with one’s
foreskin as without. That this barbaric ritual has been practiced for umpteen
years is no reason why it must continue forever.
Sir, – Amid the current outcry over circumcision, it is an interesting
sideline to note that for many years the British royal family (with roots in
Germany, and certainly not Jewish) used to circumcise its male babies. Indeed, I
was told that my own mohel (ritual circumciser), a highly respected physician,
was “By Appointment” the official royal circumciser. This tradition was
apparently ended by the late Princess Diana, who refused to have her sons
Years later I tried to produce a documentary film on the
history and practice of circumcision in different cultures. In the course of my
research I wrote to Buckingham Palace with a serious request for some
information, only to receive the following terse reply: “This information is not
available.” By implication, the story was not denied.
Greenpeace speaks up
Sir, – In “‘Oil is here to stay’” (July 26),
Patrick Moore falsely presents himself to the media and activists as an “expert”
on environmental issues in order to promote anti-environmental
While it is true that Moore was a member of Greenpeace in the
past, he turned his back on the organization’s principles, surrendering to
economic temptations. He claims he saw the “light,” so he left. Greenpeace
believes that he fell victim to the economic interests of large
Moore is a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Institute (NEI),
the Canadian energy firm Energy Next and dozens of other companies related to
the mining, logging and polluting industries.
His judgment has been
proven to be wrong in the past by the Atomic Energy Agency and the American
Commission on Nuclear Energy Control, which showed that Moore was mistaken in
his assessment of radiation leakage in nuclear reactors he claimed had been
“secured” but later were revealed to have leaks that were much more
Moore came to Israel to promote the dangerous prospecting of
oil shale, something that has never succeeded anywhere else in the world.
Greenpeace is well aware of society’s energy needs. It also understands and
takes into account the needs of humanity and the importance in choosing to live
in sustainable ways.
Oil extraction using unconventional methods is
Not only does it not offer a long-term solution for fossil
fuel energy or work with biodegradable materials, it endangers many of our vital
The writer is communications
officer for Greenpeace Mediterranean Tears for a tomb
Sir, – Michael Freund’s
“Jewish unity and Joseph’s Tomb” (Fundamentally Freund, July 26) was so
powerfully written that it brought tears to my eyes. When will justice enable
the Jewish people to visit the tomb as it should be, instead of only
occasionally and at three o’clock in the morning while escorted by the army?
THELMA BLUMBERG ABRAMOWITZ
The writer is grandmother of Ben-Yosef
Livnat, who was killed by Palestinian police in April 2011 during an unescorted
nighttime visit to Joseph’s Tomb
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