Pay the price
Sir, – Regarding “‘Price tag’ graffiti desecrates J’lem convent”
(October 3), I find it hard to believe that this dastardly act was committed by
Jews, and for a number of reasons.
First, Jews have no history of
desecrating Christian holy places. Second, even so-called settlers do not feel
threatened by Christians and therefore would have no reason. Third, although the
police have been quick to arrest numerous young settlers on suspicion of having
committed other “price tag” attacks against Muslim or Arab locations, not one
arrest has ever led to a conviction.
It seems far more logical to look
elsewhere for the perpetrators. If our police and politicians would not be so
quick to accuse settlers for political reasons, perhaps they would realize that
hateful words in English and Hebrew can just as easily be written by Israel’s
enemies in an effort to shame it in the eyes of the world.
search would prove far more successful were they to look to Israel’s enemies to
find their quarry. After all, terrorists do not limit themselves to explosive
devices to carry out their aims; explosive language can sometimes be used to
Sir, – In the wake of the latest
contemptible “price tag” assault, it’s time to call all such unprovoked
aggression exactly what it is – terrorism, pure and simple.
definition of terrorism is “the deliberate use of violence aimed against
civilian targets in order to promote/achieve political ends.” Contrary to those
who would minimize these attacks as “vandalism” because (luckily) they have not
yet resulted in loss of human life, price tag attacks clearly fit this
We cannot credibly assert our opposition to terrorists if we
ignore terrorism within our own society. These despicable acts call into
question our own morality. Failure to call them exactly what they are, and to
oppose them with all possible legal and moral force, makes us enablers and
accomplices in these crimes.
EFRAIM A. COHEN
Sir, – I casually read your October 3 issue and came across the article about
Moshe Feiglin (“Feiglin arrested for praying on Temple Mount”). Then, I re-read
the sentence: “The three Arab and one Jewish suspect were released on condition
they do not visit the Temple Mount for 15 days.”
Excuse me?! I was
arrested with three other members of Women of the Wall early in August for a
similar charge “in violation of the customs of the site,” but the judge saw fit
to state that we were not to visit the area for 50 days. Where is the equality?
I did not go up to the Temple Mount, nor did I urge thousands of supporters to
pass out any flyers, as apparently did Feiglin. I went to pray.
continue to pray, as is my custom, with my tallit (prayer shawl), as a woman who
has worn a plain beige tallit, not striped with either black or blue, for over
14 years, a Conservative woman who has prayed and wants to continue to be
treated equally, not to have any more restrictions than a man.
And no, I
don’t instigate for the sake of instigation.
Sir, – Your report, that what is present-day Israel may have been
the only place where early homo sapiens and neanderthals lived peacefully and
interbred (“Neanderthals, humans may have coexisted in Israel,” October 2),
might find an echo in the Book of Genesis, where there is an obscure reference
to two mysterious groups – “sons of God and daughters of men” – and the
questionable relations between them.
For an interesting elaboration of
the theory, see the article in The Jewish Bible Quarterly (Vol. 40:1) with that
precise title by Prof. Shubert Spero.