It’s about time
Sir, – Now that we have switched to Daylight Saving Time (“Did
you remember...,” April 1), the perennial argument about when the clocks will be
turned back again is being waged. Unquestionably, the most logical and
convenient time would be the end of October, which would keep Israel in sync
with Europe and the US.
For those who insist that the clock change occur
before Yom Kippur in order to “shorten” the fast, may I suggest they set their
watches and clocks back just before Yom Kippur and then reset them following the
This will allow those who wish to finish the fast an hour earlier
to do so without forcing the rest of us to lose precious daylight.KENNY
Jerusalem Fallacious statement
Sir, – Regarding the interview with MK
Faina Kirschenbaum of Israel Beiteinu (“Lieberman’s organizer,” Knesset, April
1), Kirschenbaum claims that Ir Amim would “go into the schools and explain to
students that the IDF isn’t moral, that they don’t have to enlist and there is a
way to lower draft profiles.”
This fallacious statement exemplifies just
how dangerous the anti-democratic witch-hunt being waged against civil society
in Israel has become.
Ir Amim is an Israeli NGO that focuses on Jerusalem
within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict out of a commitment to
Israel’s political interests in the city. The organization does not operate in
schools and has never called on students to refuse military service.
is difficult to determine which of the following possibilities is more
devastating: that an MK familiar with Ir Amim’s work intentionally chooses to
deceive the public, or that the MK slanders Ir Amim out of total ignorance of
its work for dubious political capital. Either way, the effort to delegitimize
organizations that hold a different worldview than MK Kirschenbaum’s is
disconcerting and demonstrates her lack of understanding of the important role
that civil society plays in a democratic country.ORLY NOY
writer is spokesperson for Ir Amim Uplifting, wonderful
Sir, – Your April 1
Observations section was a pleasant surprise.
It was great that Caroline
B. Glick reported the good news about American Jews continuing to be
supportive of Israel (“American Jewry’s fight,” Column One). But even greater
was the news in David Horovitz’s column (“They tried to kill us, we won, now
we’re changing the world,” Editor’s Notes) that Saul Singer recently co-authored
Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.
the question of how our tiny country, with so few natural resources and having
to struggle to survive physically, has managed to outstrip every other nation in
terms of hi-tech innovation.
The book has been translated into numerous
languages and is taking over the business literature world by storm.
in all it was very uplifting and wonderful to read these articles.THELMA
Jerusalem Loyalty and service
Sir, – Ironically, I sat down
to read “Not on the fence” (Comment & Features, March 31) after coming home
from a special study day at the Northern Region headquarters of the Population
Registry for people (like me) who run local registry bureaus in the Upper
More than half the participants, as well as the officials
and clerks running the day’s activities, were Druse and other Arab Israelis from
both the Golan and the Galilee, all veteran employees in high supervisory
Their loyalty to the State of Israel is not only strong and
admirable, I dare say that they could teach more than a few Jewish Israelis
about true Zionism and the privilege of living in this country, obviously in
very direct contrast to those “loyal” Syrian citizens in Majdal Shams and the
other villages mentioned.
Unfortunately, while the facts in the article
are all too true, one might get the impression that these anti-Israel residents
represent the majority, which is certainly not the case. While Druse, Beduin and
many other Israeli Arabs and Circassians serve in the various security and
police forces, it is also important to note how many work in senior civil
service and key government positions, including security frameworks and the
entire network of special emergency services in times of war or natural
I have worked with many of these wonderful people for years,
and they certainly outnumber their brethren in Majdal Shams and
Hatzor Haglilit Perfidious?
Not Sir, – I agree
with Isi Leibler (“Perfidious Albion and Israel,” Candidly Speaking, March 31)
regarding the “The Promise,” which was truly appalling, and he is, so far as I
am aware, correct in his criticism of the London School of Economics. I will not
comment on the British judiciary, as I used to sit part-time as a circuit judge
and without all the facts it would be wrong of me to pass an opinion.
Leibler is blind to the other side of the coin. I am known in England,
particularly with my name, to be Jewish. And yet I was in my time appointed
mayor of the town where we live when in the UK, and leader of the Merseyside
At the same time I was a member of the Board of Deputies
of British Jews. I was honored by the Queen. I do not mention these as a matter
of self-aggrandizement but to demonstrate that the Jewish community is not only
not “essentially besieged,” but has, fortunately, continued to enjoy the freedom
of religion that has applied since the Jews returned to England in 1656. I am no
There is always an element of anti-Semitism everywhere, even
in Israel. But overall, Albion is not only not perfidious, it is more tolerant
than most countries in the world. I was very fortunate to have been born there
as the son Eastern European immigrants. Otherwise, my fate would have been
appalling.NEVILLE C. GOLDREIN , CBE
Jerusalem Read the book
Sir, – Amos
Oz sent Marwan Barghouti only a book – defending Israel. What impedes Seth
J. Frantzman (“Marwan Barghouti, Amos Oz, Haim Oron and a tale of
darkness,” Terra Incognita, March 30) from acknowledging Oz’s good intentions?
He demeans that book, which the Post’s own reviewer termed a “lavish, intricate,
panoramic...epic story of” Israel.
Frantzman scorns a comparison
of Barghouti to Nelson Mandela without showing why it isn’t appropriate.
Likewise, Britain’s work with Gerry Adams let Northern Ireland heal.
Reintegrating Eastern Europe’s communists let it heal.
An interview with
Oz sums up his peacemaking: “A wellknown Israeli Arab told me that reading my
book was the first time he understood why Jews came to this country. I
immediately wanted to have it translated into Arabic.”
Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Oz builds bridges for a future in
which neither side’s doctors must treat victims, or peoples mourn their loved
Cambridge, Massachusetts Show those warrants
Civilians are killed by NATO bombs in Libya! Where are the British arrest
warrants for Cameron, Obama and Sarkozy? Where are the UN condemnations? Israel
should demand an international and independent investigation – and no excuses,
such as they were “hiding” military installations in civilian
Oh... I forgot. Americans and Europeans can kill civilians with
impunity during war, but Jews defending themselves must be perfect, absolutely
Tell us, how was this bombing an act of self-defense? What a
bunch of hypocrites.ANDERSON HARKOV
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