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Some of the Israeli youth is infected with the "Zionism is racism" virus.

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Anat Kamm’s attitude...

Sir, – Anat Kamm’s remark that “history absolves those who reveal war crimes” shows how far some of our youth are infected with the “Zionism is racism” virus, years after it was expunged from the UN (“Kamm admits she lost a disc with IDF computer files,” April 13).

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No longer can Israeli citizens be considered patriotic (which itself is now considered a dirty word) when they are exposed to anti-Israel teachers in our schools and anti Israel professors in our universities, as well as Israeli-based anti-Israel NGOs supported by foreign governments and by charities that describe themselves as pro-Israel even though their actions do not bear this out.

Who would have believed that 65 years after the Holocaust, anti-Jewish graffiti would appear in Israel and synagogues would be desecrated? Israeli society is now made up of a mixed multitude, where even Jews are so divorced from their roots they are ignorant of what and who they are.

The Shin Bet is apparently so busy chasing after imaginary Jewish terrorists that they do not see the forest for the trees and neglect to vet conscripts, allowing all and sundry to serve in the most secret of the inner sanctums of the armed services.

Perhaps it is time for the Shin Bet, which seems to have become too complacent to be overhauled, and our education system, from kindergarten to universities, be looked at again.

    CYRIL ATKINS
    Beit Shemesh




...and treatment

Sir, – If soldiers in the IDF fall asleep on guard duty, they may face a court martial and time in a military prison. In our topsy-turvy, Alice-in-Wonderland world, if a soldier steals 2,000 secret files during her military service, she is placed under house arrest to enjoy Pessah and Yom Ha’atzmaut with her family and to pose for photographs and dispense her opinions to the press (“Kamm wants affair to end quickly,” April 11). It is almost as if she is facing prosecution for a misdemeanor, and not for alleged espionage!

What disrespect this is to all our soldiers, present and past, and to all the families in this country who send their children to serve in the IDF!

    HILLEL HURWITZ
    Ra’anana


The Shoah’s legacy

Sir, – I write this with tears streaming down my face. I have just watched Escape from Sobibor – watched Jews being herded in trains like cattle, watched families being separated, some to die, some to work; watched men, women and children stripped naked and marched into gas chambers and then burnt, watched the humiliation and degradation that people had to suffer for the crime of being a Jew (“Nation slows down to commemorate Shoah victims,” April 13).

And knowing that the world stood by and ignored their screams.

This is the same world that is now trying to deny us our right to live in the Land of Israel. Over 300 people made it to safety from that hellhole to tell the tale of Sobibor. Our reply to the Shoah must be a resounding no to a two-state solution that will inevitably lead to Jewish destruction. We owe it to the dead and to the living never again to be dependent on others for our lives, never to beg, never to apologize for being alive, never to be ashamed or afraid of standing up for our rights.

We have to realize finally that we are in this land by right and not through the benevolence of those who call themselves our friends. There are absolutely no circumstances that warrant a people giving up a sacred inheritance to their enemies who make no secret of their ultimate “solution.”

    EDITH OGNALL
    Netanya


Netanyahu and nukes

Sir, – US President Barack Obama schedules the opening of his Nuclear Security Summit in Washington for April 12, coinciding with this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Thereafter, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – for failing to join world leaders and choosing instead to lead the Shoah memorial events at home –  is hit with the charge of wishing to avoid a further “unpleasant White House rendezvous.” Alternatively, he wished to escape confrontation with Arab and Muslim participants’ plans to make Israel the focus of the nuclear summit (“Arab officials deny plans to make Israel focus of nuke summit, April 13).

While this is “denied by Arab officials,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan states on the eve of the conference that he would “call for equal pressure on Israel or Iran.” This brings us to the analysis “Europe ignores Iran’s deadly mix of anti-Semitism and atomic weapons” (April 13), wherein Benjamin Weinthal writes, “Both processes are proliferating at an astonishingly fast pace, and are not being faced by fierce resistance.”

This is confirmed by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, in which he says that sanctions on Iran “should not lead to humanitarian catastrophe, where the whole Iranian community would start to hate the whole world.” He adds that there was “no global consensus for sanctions on Iran’s petroleum industry” (a key Netanyahu stipulation) and that “an Israeli strike would be a global catastrophe.”

Finally he delivers an assessment not of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nature, but of both President Shimon Peres and Netanyahu: “I would say that on many questions they are very tough, defending stubborn positions, including settlements. And the US has seen the proof of that lately.”

Suffice it to conclude with Alexander Zvielli’s April 11, 1945 archival citation: “Despite their appeals, Jews were given no seats at the 1945 San Francisco Conference.”

    KARL HUTTENBAUER
    Berlin


Sir, – I think Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is right in his decision not to attend the nuclear summit meeting. It is no one’s business, other than the people who keep Israel safe. You all have been a good friend to the United States, and the only action that should be coming out of Washington is to say, how can we assist you in remaining safe? We love you all forever.

    KIM VOIGT
    Ottumwa, Iowa


Obama and Israel

Sir, – Richard H Schwartz makes a strong case, as an American citizen, for supporting the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama (“Overlooking some factors,” Letters, April 11)

As an Israeli citizen, however, I take strong issue with his statement that some thoughtful pressure from the US government is essential to obtain a solution to the current conflicts. What sort of thoughtful pressure is it to demand an immediate cessation of natural building growth in a well-established Jerusalem suburb, with no Arab residents and in existence for many years, simply because it is in land that after the armistice agreement of 1949 happened to be on the Jordanian side of the cease-fire line?

Pressures such as these and others, from the president as well as from his deputy and secretary of state, simply encourage the Palestinian leaders to demand more and more despite rejecting all that was offered to them by former prime minister Ehud Olmert. Should Obama’s interests be neutral, he would need to demand much more from the Palestinian Authority – but particularly a drop of their claim to the right of return of Arab refugees, which if allowed would guarantee the disappearance of the Jewish state.

    MONTY M. ZION
    Tel Mond


Holyland compromise

Sir, – A creative way to compensate the refugees from Gush Katif who continue to languish in unsuitable, temporary housing, and at the same time instill public esteem in what is essentially a commercial boondoggle, would be to offer the former free living units in Jerusalem’s Holyland complex (“Messer’s custody appeal denied,” April 13).

    SAUL SOHN and ARDIE GELDMAN
    Efrat

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