Quite the stand
Sir, – In “Obama vs. Romney” (October 9), you spend an entire
editorial saying you take no political position on the presidential election.
But then, in the second to last paragraph you state that “Obama has proven
during his first term to be a true friend of Israel.” Well, I’ve got some news
for you: That is a political position.
The vast majority of Romney
supporters in Israel are such because they believe the opposite – that Obama has
proven he is not a true friend of Israel.
Those who believe the US
president is a true friend of Israel are people who take his election rhetoric
at face value.
They simply cannot be considering the many actions and
statements by Obama and members of his administration that are detrimental to
Israel’s security, many of which your very own newspaper reported over the past
RANDI MELLMAN OZE
Sir, – In “Obama vs. Romney” you
write: “For the record, The Jerusalem Post is not backing either Barack Obama or
Mitt Romney in next month’s presidential elections.” You also write: “As we’ve
written before, Obama has proven during his first term to be a true friend of
These are the most ridiculous statements I’ve ever read in the
Post. Shame on you! How can you be “balanced” and state that Obama is a “friend
of Israel” when he supports Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, a virulently
anti-Semitic and anti-American organization, and is appeasing Iran, which might
result in a nuclear war in which millions die? Americans in the US might be
uninformed about the Middle East, but you know full well what the implications
for Israel are of Obama’s disastrous Middle East policy. Therefore, your
statements can only be explained by a total spinelessness in publishing an
obviously externally implanted opinion that cannot be from any sane person
working at your newspaper or living in Israel.
Beersheba What men?
Sir, – With regard to “The Egyptian Jewish remnant against
Israel” (Comment & Features, October 9), it is difficult to take seriously a
journalist who can write: “In 2004, as documented by Rami Mangoubi in the Middle
East Times, nearly all of the Jewish males in Egypt were jailed or forced into
exile for their purported connections with Tel Aviv and the Jewish occupation of
Palestinian lands after 1967.”
I mean, in 2004 there were very few Jews
left in Egypt, most of them elderly women.
Sir, – While praising the London- based Henry Jackson Society for
calling on the EU to formally designate Hezbollah a terror organization
(“Prominent UK think tank takes EU to task on Hezbollah stance,” October 7), I
would urge it to turn its attention to Hamas and the attorney-general’s office
in Britain. It will find this office applies the same double standard when it
comes to Hamas, in that it differentiates between its military and political
Although Hamas has been designated a terrorist organization by the
British government, we have found it impossible to successfully prosecute people
in the UK for funding the group. The attorney-general demands that we prove the
funding was allocated by Hamas for violence or a specific terror incident. All
the defendant needs to do is claim the money was going for non-violent purposes,
as was the case when we had evidence against MP George Galloway.
proving that the slush fund being raised by such people for Hamas was used to
make rockets or buy candy for kids.
It’s impossible – and that means true
justice and the fight against terror are also not possible within such legal
It is terribly frustrating when the path to reducing the
effectiveness and influence of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah by legal means is
blocked by the official legal and political infrastructure in Western
Netanya The writer is a special consultant on
delegitimization issues at the Strategic Dialogue Center of Netanya Academic
Sir, – Thank you very much for David Newman’s “Childhood
memories of Simhat Torah in North London” (Simhat Torah supplement, October 7).
It filled me with nostalgia, as I spent all my married life in Stamford Hill
until my husband passed away in 1983, after which I made aliya to join my
children and grandchildren in Israel.
My late husband was a gabbai
(warden) at the Egerton Rd. synagogue for 12 years. We first met at the Bnei
Akiva headquarters on Cazenove Road, which the writer mentioned in his
Jerusalem Ups and downs
Sir – The article by Moria
Dash (“Ups and downs at Limmud FSU St. Petersburg,” October 5) shows a complete
misunderstanding of the purpose of Limmud worldwide, and of Limmud FSU in
Limmud was established in the UK nearly 35 years ago as a
grassroots attempt to give Jews closer insight into Jewish culture, history,
identity and religion in a pluralistic, egalitarian and liberal educational
framework over a long and intensive weekend meeting (and frankly, to provide
British Jews with a refuge from the long Christmas holiday
Since then, the Limmud model has been adopted in many
countries and languages and is without a doubt one of the most important and
revolutionary Jewish educational projects in the world today.
for Russian speakers started six years ago in Moscow and has since taken place
in many venues in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, as well as in the US
and, of course, Israel. It has attracted tens of thousands of mostly young
people to its events and as such is a major element in the struggle against
The allegation that Israel is not a central part of Limmud
FSU events is completely inaccurate.
Every conference (and I have been to
many) has a strong Israeli component, with lectures and presentations on the
Arab-Israel conflict, the Middle East in general, and Israeli culture in all its
The organization is based in Israel and many of the speakers come
from here, but Israel is only one of the many themes under discussion. It would
be totally inappropriate and out of place to fly an Israeli flag, which it what
your correspondent suggests.
Limmud FSU exists to promote Judaism and
Jewish identity to those who were deprived of it for 70 long years of Communist
rule. Aliya is very much there as a subliminal message for those who are
interested, but in this day and age, when people have a free choice, the way to
encourage it is by fostering more Jewish identity and knowledge – as does Limmud
– and not by ramming it down people’s throats, which can only be
Sir, – Your correspondent
attended the Limmud conference in St. Petersberg and was disappointed that there
was no “connection to Israel.” She should consider herself lucky that she was
not attending the annual Limmud in England! Since the notorious anti-Israel
journalist Robert Fisk spoke at the conference in 2002, speakers and sessions on
Israel, with a few notable exceptions, have perniciously misinformed and
reinforced the hostile British media’s attitude toward the Jewish
There are certainly many connections to Israel, but participants
are hardly likely to be drawn closer to Israel by their experiences at the
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