June 20: Outside the box
Instead of the African migrants settling in Tel Aviv, which is grossly overcrowded, why not settle them on the West Bank?
Sir, – Regarding “Yishai says he will work to deport all
Eritreans and Sudanese” (June 18), I have a modest proposal for the Israeli
government that could kill two birds with one stone: Instead of the African
migrants settling in Tel Aviv, which is grossly overcrowded, why not settle them
on the West Bank? Israel has the legitimate right to build there. Who could
complain about allowing black immigrants, most of whom are refugees fleeing war
and poverty, from settling there? This way they could have their own communities
yet benefit Israel by being on the West Bank.
Why should the Palestinians
complain about this? They would be providing assistance to suffering humanity.
Most of the Africans are Muslims anyway.
Why not have the UN support
this? Surely, UNRWA could afford to do so from the billions of dollars it gets
By thinking out of the box we could solve two problems in one
Sir, – Your editorial “Adoption and
faith” (June 18) left me absolutely bewildered.
I thought the passionate
advocacy of Prime Minister Netanyahu, that Israel is a Jewish and democratic
state, had found agreement with your editorial policy. Now you advocate that
couples be allowed to adopt Christian children, and that these children, Israeli
citizens, can remain Christian.
How can this be allowed in a state that
calls itself a Jewish state? Maybe MK Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz doesn't care,
but certainly The Jerusalem Post should.
Any Jewish couple living in
Israel wishing to adopt a non-Jewish child should value their Jewishness enough
to have the child converted.
If they belong to a private sports club they
have to pay admission!
Sir, – The human brain is unique in
being able to accept simultaneously two ideas that negate each other.
initiate negotiations with the Palestinians we insist on our identity as a
“Jewish” state. But if we want to define Israel as a Jewish state we must define
it first to ourselves – and it cannot be a state that divorces itself from
standard mainstream Judaism that has stood the test of over 3,000
Peres and Pollard
Sir, – I readily
proclaim that I do not possess the required Solomonic wisdom to have decisively
demanded that President Shimon Peres make his acceptance of the US Presidential
Medal of Freedom conditional on the release of Jonathan Pollard.
said that, however, I find the statement by Peres’s diplomatic advisor, Nadav
Tamir, that “Obama listened seriously and asked good questions” (“Peres adviser:
Door not slammed on Pollard release,” June 17), to be a pathetically ignoble
attempt to redeem and explain the abominable continuing miscarriage of justice
Tamir’s statements do not offer anything but an insult
to people’s intelligence. One has every right to expect that the serious
listening and the good questions would have taken place when Peres lent the
dignity of his office and made his first request for the release of Pollard
several months ago. Indeed, the serious attention to the cruel and unusual
punishment should have begun 27 years ago when Pollard was first
The fact that this inhumane incarceration of Pollard continues
despite the many American and international statesmen and jurists who have asked
for his release remains a blatant mark of shame on both Peres and US President
Sir, – The indictment charged
Jonathan Pollard with violating the federal law that makes it a crime to deliver
defense information to a foreign government “with intent or reason to believe”
that the information is to be used in one of two ways: “to the injury of the US”
or “to the advantage of a foreign nation.”
Significantly, the charge
against Pollard cited the second prong, but between the plea bargain date and
the time of sentencing 10 months later the prosecution arbitrarily reversed its
position to the first prong.
As Rabbi Avi Weiss of New York proclaimed,
“Jonathan Pollard was tried as an American and sentenced as a Jew.”
It’s the Right
Sir, – Gershon Baskin is right (“Despite it all,
still committed to peace,” Encountering Peace, June 13).
Palestinians get a state they will have border controls and sovereignty, and the
Israeli Right will not continue to expand and settle at will across the borders.
But the Right, as underscored in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s support for
settlement expansion, can’t accept such simple logic.
Golda Meir asked so
famously why the Palestinians tried to tear down Israel rather than build their
own state. Golda would be appalled that since her time it is Israel’s Right that
has been wiping off the map the world’s unique and fragile Jewish
Sir, – With
reference to “Swiss Jews slam supermarket boycott of settlement products” (June
12), I wish to formally deny the accusation of anti-Semitism concerning our
initiative “Occupation Tastes Bitter.”
The accusation tries to divert the
matter of concern, namely the strengthening of international law by not buying
products from the settlements. The Jewish supporters of the initiative in
Germany look at it the same way.
Pax Christi keeps the memory of the
Shoah alive and supports friendship between Germans and Israelis, and a just
The writer is vice president of Pax
Christi Germany Library in Safed
Sir, – As a prelude to the recent Hebrew Book
Week, Channel 2 decided the Safed English Library would be an interesting source
of material for its report.
Nonagenarian Edyth Geiger, who founded and
coordinates the library to this day, was interviewed and told viewers about the
beginnings of the library. It stemmed from the fact that when she came to live
in Safed some 40 years ago there were no English-language books available
anywhere, so people would come and borrow them from her private
The library started out in her tiny apartment until it became
impossible to move because of the increasing number of books lying around, so it
extended downstairs to a property bought thanks to donations organized by
Today, with a growing Anglo community spreading across the entire
religious spectrum in Safed and the surrounding area, the library is open four
times a week and offers some 47,000 volumes, an extraordinary number made
possible by yet another purchase of two properties on the town’s main
Some 50 volunteers help out on a regular basis in this haven of
eclectic reading material for adults and children, which includes classics,
novels, non-fiction, issues from dozens of magazines, audio tapes, DVDs and even
jigsaw puzzles. The library is free of charge and funded by donations
Who says reading is going out of style?
The photograph that appeared on Page 2 of the June 19 edition of The
Jerusalem Post was of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and not of MK Binyamin
Ben- Eliezer. Also, the photograph on Page 10 of the same edition is of the late
Saudi crown prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, and not of the new crown prince, Salman