Now help them
Sir, – Peace Now is exulting in its victory against the poor Jews
of Migron (“Migron eviction moved to August 1, relocation offer stands,” March
26). This is the time for it to show that it can do things besides wage war
I cannot picture that if this situation occurred elsewhere,
an organization like Peace Now, with its worldwide support, would not undertake
a campaign to provide food, clothing, shelter and psychological help to those
who are made refugees. A mark of inhumanity will remain affixed to its name if
it does not provide the means and money to help those thrown out of their
Jerusalem Head for Damascus
Sir, – Regarding
“Officials tone down response to UNHRC mission” (March 26), the officials are
the ones who should be toned down.
Some have called the proposed mission
on settlements “Goldstone Two,” and with good reason.
Avigdor Liberman struck the right tone when he called it diplomatic
It would be only correct in terms of self-defense to refuse to
let the mission into Israel at all.
Tell the HRC to send it to
Tel Aviv DC street names
Sir, – Regarding
“Participants at J Street conference in Washington call for action in face of
challenges” (March 26), for some reason the alphabetically-named streets in the
US capital to not include the letter J. I suggest the need for such a street. In
view of J Street’s record, it should be J for Judas.
I also note that
like J Street, The Jerusalem Post
, for its forthcoming conference in New York,
has chosen Ehud Olmert as a speaker.
Clearly, Olmert represents the best
in Israel.ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Jerusalem Very low indeed
Sir, – How low do
we sink when we emulate those who hate us (“Police investigate anti-Arab riot at
Malha Mall,” March 26)? I think we have reached the lowest point with this
How were these bigots educated? What kind of homes
are they from? Somehow, we have to reach into kindergarten and elementary
schools and teach, by example, demonstration and even formal lessons, the most
basic facts of life. Evidently, the system has failed miserably.
the lessons in bigotry and hatred learned at home, they must be combated on
every front, even to the extent of putting public relations firms to work. This
must not be ignored.
Behavior such as that described in the article is
shameful, diseased and destructive to all of us.MARCELLA WACHTEL
Jerusalem Reality in France
Sir, – Barry Rubin’s column “France: Here comes the
whitewash” (The Region, March 26) does not reflect the action taken by the
government of France, which in my opinion behaved with compassion and
responsibility toward the Jewish victims. It also sent the foreign minister to
Israel together with the coffins.
These gestures were acknowledged by the
Having said that, there is no doubt that there is a
severe problem in certain suburbs with some Muslim extremists, which can lead to
what occurred in Toulouse. But to declare that this is what is happening in
general is just not the case.
France has a vibrant Jewish community, and
its leadership, under CRIF, will make sure this does not happen. Anti-Semitism
exists, no doubt, but the majority of the country’s 600,000 Jews enjoy quite a
good life. Paris has over 200 kosher restaurants that are thriving.
true that some French Jews have bought apartments in Israel, mostly as second
and vacation homes, and a few thousand will now come on aliya, like every year.
But on this sad and tragic occasion, President Nicolas Sarkozy and his
government acted in the appropriate manner.HENRY WEIL
Hats-off for publishing Barry Rubin’s “France: Here comes the whitewash.” The
“guardian” Sarkozy is determined to provide France’s citizenry with undisturbed
sleep, yet his prime minister admits you can’t prevent Salafists from dreaming
of bloody massacres or shooting pointblank Jewish three-, six- and
eight-year-olds in the head.KARL HUTTENBAUER
Berlin Before you go
Micha Lindenstrauss’s term as state comptroller is fast drawing to a close.
There is little doubt he will be remembered as one of the most effective
comptrollers in our country’s history, and I would like to use this opportunity
to request that he act in two more critical areas.
The first is the law
against carrying dangerous knives. It carries heavy penalties, but sadly there
are only three instances in which police can act: when they determine that
someone wielding a knife is about to attack, when they have a specific search
warrant, or when they are on duty outside a place of entertainment where body
searches can be conducted.
Tens of thousands of dangerous knives are in
Many of the carriers are hotheaded and settle disputes in a
flash. The police are virtually powerless to act.
The second area is
unemployment statistics. Our statistics now include only those who are drawing
unemployment pay. The minute these people cease receiving benefits they are
excluded from the statistics, even if they remain unemployed.
false statistics, the government has no incentive to do anything.
OECD we are recognized as a country that invests relatively little in dealing
with unemployment and retraining. As the Bank of Israel expects unemployment
figures to rise, this needs a correction.DAVID GOSHEN
Sir, – I think the public is entitled to some honest answers
from both the government and the Israel Electric Corporation concerning the
latest rise in prices (“Netanyahu promises to tackle electricity rate hikes,”
Business & Finance, March 26).
Why does the government always delight
in announcing serious price hikes just before a holiday? How much more harm
would be caused if those hikes were delayed until afterward? How much of the
Electric Corporation’s financial problems are due to the free electricity it
supplies to its employees and pensioners? And how can a bankrupt body give every
worker a Pessah gift of NIS 1,400, as reported on the evening news? Perhaps the
time has come to appoint a receiver to bring order back to this company so that
the public can look forward to a regular, uninterrupted supply of a basic
necessity at a reasonable cost. And please do not tell us that electricity here
is cheaper than in some European countries until our monthly incomes are at the
same level.EMANUEL FISCHER
Jerusalem Occupation as defense
Jonathan Rosen (“Disengagement, occupation and missile fire,” Inside Out, March
22) argues that “Occupation never was nor is it the answer to the threat of
missile attacks.” This ignores a critical factor: Hamas could not have smuggled
in the missiles if Israel had remained in Gush Katif and in control of Gaza’s
border with Egypt.
According to international law, a country is entitled
to occupy territory of another country in order to prevent being
The right of self-defense is universally recognized. What’s
Rosen’s “political, military and ethical” problem with that? Ariel Sharon’s plan
of unilateral disengagement was a disaster, as nearly everyone except a few like
Rosen now realize, and was opposed by most of the IDF’s strategic planning and
intelligence staffs.MOSHE DANN