May 31: But seriously, folks
Time and again human rights NGOs within and outside Israel have deliberately misinformed and discredited the Jewish state.
But seriously, folks
Sir, – Reflecting on “PA reportedly plans to use human
rights group for espionage activities, intelligence gathering” (May 28), what
immediately comes to mind, as an avid tennis fan, is the barrage of insolent
verbal abuse screamed by a hysterical John McEnroe when disputing a line call:
You cannot be serious!” Time and again human rights NGOs within and outside
Israel have deliberately misinformed and discredited the Jewish state and
displayed uncompromising bias and hostility. Thus, there is no need for
financially stressed EU taxpayers and their counterparts in the US to fund yet
another insidious and superfluous entity!
GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Sir, – With regard to “Protests fail to disrupt Habimah’s London
performance” (May 29), it would be a mistake to assume that just because Emma
Thompson, who spearheaded the letter demanding a ban on Israel’s national
theater, is an outstanding actress she must also be a person of intelligence,
knowledge or understanding about politics or history. Moreover, it would be a
mistake to assume that she is a person free from any anti-Jewish
She is a good actress. Full stop.
She may well be an
uneducated, ignorant, prejudiced Jew-hating buffoon with an exaggerated sense of
her own importance.
There are many such examples – Vanessa Redgrave and
Mel Gibson, to name but two.
How misguided and deeply offensive she is in
calling for this boycott, and how glad I am that she and the other signatories
did not prevail.
Playing with fire
Despite what B’Tselem and Arabs say, it is impossible that Jews from Yitzhar
started recent fires (“Palestinian, settler violence caught on tape for second
week in a row,” May 29; “B’Tselem: We have video footage showing settlers
shooting at stone-throwing Palestinians,” May 21).
1. The prevailing
winds blow from the Arab village toward Yitzhar. Videos of the incidents clearly
2. Accusing observant Jews who live in Yitzhar of igniting
fires in fields, especially on Shabbat or holidays when they won’t even turn
lights on or off, is absurd.
3. Why would “a man dressed in white... with
a red scarf over his face” and lighting a fire be presumed to be a settler? 4.
If Jews started the fires, why are they the only ones putting them out? Why do
the Arabs try to stop them from doing so?
– Regarding “Do a good deed and donate” (May 29), in August 2009 I was diagnosed
with AML leukemia. I was told I had two weeks to live. I was also told I had a
very rare antigen in my DNA strand.
After a national search on the Bone
Marrow Register, no person in the US matched my rare blood. The hospital then
did a global search and found one person. He was in Israel.
My donor was
at work when Ezer Mizion came looking for volunteers. The amazing thing is that
he registered in August 2009, the very month I was diagnosed.
prompted to write as I read that your prime minister had registered for Ezer
Mizion’s database. He is right in calling on others to save a life. I am living
proof. I’m healthy and strong.
I’m coming to Israel with my three
children and husband on June 7 to meet my donor and his family, and to give
thanks for my life.
Older and wiser
– I read “Most parents claiming to know summer safety rules are actually
ignorant, says child safety group” (May 29) with interest until I came across
the part that said “a child can legally be left alone” at the age of
I am appalled that the powersthat- be consider a six-year-old
capable of looking after himself.
My children were not left alone until
they were 10. Kids have a bit more sense at that age.
Sir, – Gershon Baskin’s “Use your imagination” (Encountering
Peace, May 29) has a misstatement in the very first paragraph.
indeed, a Palestinian state next to Israel. That state is Jordan.
second paragraph has another misstatement. The Jewish settlers of Judea and
Samaria have done very little to limit Palestinian development. For that, one
had better ask Palestinian leaders into whose pockets the millions of dollars
and euros sent to develop their infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals
Baskin must make sure that when using his imagination he
Why have we effective control of 100 percent of the
land? Use your imagination.
Look at the Palestinians’ maps; look at their
textbooks; listen to what they say in the media; see whom they honor with street
names. You may not have to tax your imagination too highly.
outcome of this not-so-simplistic problem, we do not need the approval or
partnership of the international community.
If it is to end well for all
the local inhabitants, it will need both sides to compromise. Will the Arabs
continue to demand a state that’s judenrein? Will they insist we take back
millions of what are laughingly called refugees? Will they accept a
demilitarized state? Use your imagination.
And how will Hamas fit into
this scenario? Use your imagination.
Perhaps it would be better if we
used that uncommon commodity called common sense.
Whisky means Scotland
Sir, – Regarding the caption of the photo showing
boxes of Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch (“European firms plan for Greek unrest
and euro exit,” Business & Finance, May 29), did you commit the ultimate
solecism or was it a deliberate error to test observant Scottish Jews? Whiskey
has nothing to do with Scotland! Vast fortunes have been spent to register and
protect the generic name for grain and malt whisky produced in
Whiskey is produced from corn, grain, barley, malt, etc.
everywhere in the world – but not in Scotland.
We are now off to our
granddaughter’s wedding armed with 31-year-old Speyside Glenlivet and Bowmore
Both are single-malt whisky!
Lest we forget
Sir, – In all the discussions around the
attempt to have one minute of silence at the start of the London games in memory
of the Israeli Olympic athletes murdered in Munich in 1972 (“German president to
meet with Munich survivors,” May 28), sight has been lost of a major initiative
taking place on July 22.
With the help of generous donors, our committee
will be unveiling a plaque in memory of the slain athletes in an Olympic borough
in East London. Eric Pickles MP (secretary of state and cabinet minister for
communities and local government); Mayor Boris Johnson; Ephraim Zinger, chair of
the Israeli Olympic Committee; and many local, national and international
dignitaries will attend.
With all official Olympic organizations having
turned their backs on us, we decided to go ahead as a private project, and the
support we gathered has been stunning. Rather than just silence and speeches, we
will provide a lasting and permanent legacy after a disgraceful gap of 40 years,
and hope all future Olympic venues will follow our lead.
and LINDA KELLY
The writers are co-chairs of the Britain-Israel London
Olympic Plaque Committee.