Laws should be reciprocal
Sir, – Regarding your editorial of October 29, 2010,
“Equitable housing plans for Jews and Arabs”: The rights of both Jews and Arabs
should be reciprocal.
It is a capital offense for an Arab to sell his
property to a Jew, but it is lawful for a Jew to sell his property to an
Jews are not permitted to live in or even enter parts of Israel
designated as “Area A.” They are reserved for Arabs and non-Jews.
are not permitted to pray on the Temple Mount, whereas Arabs openly pray there,
despite the fact that the Temple Mount area has been holy to the Jews since
Temple times, long before the establishment of Islam and certainly long before
the Arab presence there was established.
Laws exist in the State of
Israel that discriminate against Jews in favor of Arabs. The rule of reciprocity
should be applied.
MOSHE BARUCH ZEMEL
Jerusalem Prevent tragedy:
Sir, – Regarding “16-year-old unlicensed driver and friend killed in
joy ride” (October 28): Such a terrible tragedy could sadly very easily occur
again with others if indeed 13 percent of teenagers admit to driving without a
Parents with teenager children should all install immobolizers
in their cars which require a code to be keyed in before the car will start. The
code should be known only to the parents and should be changed at regular
There are many other devices which protect against
unauthorized use and thus act as a barrier against the temptation of taking the
keys and driving illicitly. Such devices are effective also against burglaries
and are a good preventative measure.
Perhaps the government should force
all car owners to install such devices.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono The
intolerance of the far Left
Sir, – In “American Psychos” (Rattling the cage,
October 28) Larry Derfner expresses the extraordinary intolerance that seems
characteristic of the American Left.
He refers to the Republican Party as
“deranged,” and the Tea Party movement as “crackpots” and “freaks.” He goes on
to insult Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and the Republican Party in general.
ridiculing does little to raise the level of discourse.
There has rarely
been a period in American political life in which one side has so demonized the
other and seems incapable of believing that there are those who may simply
disagree with them.DANIEL CHERTOFF
Sir, – Kudos to Larry
Derfner for exposing the attitudes of – the Democrats and the Democratic
Some of the numerous condescending and patronizing remarks –
typical of the Democratic elite – that Derfner makes about the American people
in his article include: “It amazes me how gullible American voters are,” and
“Glenn Beck brainwashes millions every day.”
Translation: The majority of
Americans don’t agree with the Democrats’ policies and want to unseat them.
Therefore, Americans are just, well, dumb.DAVID JACOBS
Sir, – I choose to believe in the integrity of the vast majority
of the scientists involved in Torah codes, but they have invested so much energy
into their projects that they seem to have lost any possibility to think about
them scientifically, objectively.
The letter by Harold Gans and Art
Levitt (“Codes without magic,” Letters, October 31) is a case in point in two
The correspondents note that the codes “exist and are not a
That is true, but the opposite is also true! These
codes exist but cannot be proved to have any significance, because one cannot do
statistics on a collection of one (one Torah text).
Peer review in three
scientific journals and a number of Torah authorities support their work, but
this statement is the result of cherry-picking – a major sin for statisticians!
A significant number of people in the know completely reject their work if it
claims to be more that just art and beautiful.MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
Jerusalem ‘I felt utterly cast down’
Sir, – To deny Monique Martinek the right
under the Law of Return is indeed a travesty, particularly as her grandmother
was murdered by the Nazis for being born a Jew (“Disgraceful rejection of a
latter-day Ruth,” Editorial, October 19). Apparently this was denied her on the
grounds of evidence indicating that her grandmother had practiced Roman
How little the Shas bureaucracy knows of the desperate
wartime situation. Some tried to deny their Judaism, others practiced or even
converted to Christianity in the hope of saving their lives. I was always of the
opinion that if you are born a Jew, you die a Jew – no matter
Fortunate to possess the “right looks,” my sister and I survived by
passing for non-Jews in Warsaw.
My sister had a fake identity card, and
as a boy I was armed with a baptismal certificate. It was prudent to attend
church regularly to ward off any suspicion by hostile neighbors.
survived a long and terrible war, ironically when I planned to marry “a nice
Jewish girl” I was unable to prove I was Jewish, at least not enough to convince
the London Beth Din.
On one of my several visits I switched to Yiddish
when addressing the rabbinical court, hoping to impress the dayanim sitting in
judgment, stroking their beards – but to no avail. One of them adjudicated that
as there were millions of Jews in Poland, some non-Jews must have spoken Yiddish
and was no proof I was Jewish! I felt utterly cast down and can well imagine how
Monique Martinek now feels.
Being the son of a kohen made it all the more
difficult for me.
The wedding had to be postponed for about a year,
causing much anguish to the families.
Finally, the rabbi in Brussels
called my bride-to-be to tell her that he had good news for her: “The wedding
can now proceed!” “With a name like Reev’n Katz,” he said, “I knew all along he
could not have been anything but a Jew.”
Sir, – Regarding “Pollard’s lawyers file clemency request with Obama”
(October 17): There is something quite mystifying about the continued solitary
confinement of Jonathan Pollard in an American jail for the past 25
His 25-year-old sin is quite unlikely to be of any importance
whatsoever these days.
How can the US justify the cruelty of his
continued imprisonment? JOCK L. FALKSON
Ra’anana So much for sanctions
Why did the European Commission and Eurostar reward the German manufacturer
Siemens for its trade ties with Iran by agreeing to buy 10 new trains (“Eurostar
chooses Siemens trains,” October 8)? Siemens sold Teheran equipment which the
Iranian regime used and continues to use in its subjugation of the Iranian
Dimona In a word
Sir, – Regarding Herb Keinon’s
article, “Conversation, simplified” (Out there, October 31): Sababa.JERI
The article by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland on
page 5 of Sunday’s paper was based on his presentation at a recent conference on
“Israel’s Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace,” sponsored by the
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.