Sir, – As a North American immigrant I am usually excited when a
piece of the old country becomes available in Israel. Please forgive me,
however, for losing my appetite upon reading that Playboy magazine will now be
available on Israeli newsstands in a Hebrew version (“I just read it for the
Hebrew articles,” March 6).
The editor-in-chief of Playboy Israel
declared (somehow with a straight face) that the magazine would contain “quality
content, with deep interviews and color articles.”
Just a wild hunch on
my part, but I would bet that very, very few of the readers (viewers?) will be
parting with their hard-earned shekels for the articles in a pornographic
Your reporter writes that David Ben-Gurion once said Israel
would exhibit its normalcy through its vice.
Call me old-fashioned or a
dreamer, but I’ll stick with the prophet Isaiah, who countered that Israel would
exhibit its potential by being a light unto the nations.
Sir, – Great news! Never mind that we still do not have a
Forget that we are being threatened daily with extinction by
Iran. And who cares if we are constantly being accused of crimes against
humanity, or if anti-Semitism is on the rise. We now have the one thing that can
make an immense difference to our lives and free us from all our anxieties, the
one thing every Israeli has been yearning for.
Give me a
MIRIAM VAN BERS
Sir, – I very much enjoyed Gil
Troy’s “AIPAC: The ‘chosen people’ with ‘the elected people’ against ‘the
benighted people,’” Center Field, March 6).
One part caught my attention,
as I also don’t understand: Why are the women in the women’s section at the
Western Wall forbidden to wear a tallit (prayer shawl) and actually being
arrested for it? Why does it worry the haredim so much what happens in the
women’s section? Should they not be praying, and are they not forbidden to look
at women? We are supposed to be a democratic country. Equal rights for all, I
Sir, – Regarding “Skewed
lineup” (Letters, February 28), I must respectfully disagree with columnist and
reader Reuven Hammer, who objects to the rightwing makeup of the speakers
scheduled to participate in The Jerusalem Post’s upcoming second annual
Israel does not need to present a panoramic “education”
program on the spectrum of Israeli opinions.
It does need to rectify the
damage to its international image rendered by the distortions,
misrepresentations and double standards of Palestinian propaganda.
needs to rectify its abysmal lack of effective hasbara (public diplomacy) and
This diplomacy should be educating international
opinion about the true nature of Palestinian jihadist ideology, which is openly
aimed at the takeover and destruction of Jewish (Zionist) Israel and
disseminated daily by the official media organs of the Palestinian Authority and
The conference is meant to remedy this lack. It presents a board
of speakers renowned for their incisive, articulate analyses of the problems
posed by the PA and Hamas to the “peace process.”
I would suggest that
the conference, which is to be held in New York City, be made available for view
live in Israel at a hotel or auditorium.