Crime of another sort
Sir, – A Kassam rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip
toward the western Negev late Saturday evening, and a Grad rocket struck
southern Ashkelon on Friday morning. A top Hamas commander was killed and
another 22 Gazans wounded in the Israeli retaliation (“IAF strike kills Hamas
rocket maker,” August 1).
The Foreign Ministry said the attack was a
clear violation of international law and was sending a letter to the UN High
Commissioner on Human Rights asking for condemnation. “The indiscriminate
launching of rockets at civilians and civilian objects amounts to war crimes and
crimes against humanity,” the letter said in part. Empty words, and the world
We have been sending letters and complaining for years, and
still our leaders refuse to accept what is staring them in the face.
still have Netanyahu, Barak and Peres roaming the world, desperately
that, no matter what, we give up our precious land to a people that just
Now that is what I call a crime against the Jewish
Widely shared dismay
Sir, – As an expat
Brit, I share David Horovitz’s dismay at the UK’s approach to Israel and
region, which was so skillfully expressed by outgoing ambassador Tom
(“Drifting away from Israel,” Editor’s Notes, July 30).
Basically, the UK
says that the violent overthrow of the legitimate authority in Gaza by
bus-bombers, and the aggressive suppression of the population by Islamic
fascists, should lead to no real sanction whatever.
I ask Phillips: Did the UK have “legitimate security concerns”
when at war with Nazi Germany? Would you have argued for easing the
plight of German civilians? Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder
natural ally, you are stabbing us in the back with your velvet-covered
Sir, – I write as a Briton proud of
The British are not seeing clearly the dangers of Islamic
encroachment. And Sir Tom Phillips is wrong when, in response to David
Horovitz’s point that “there is an Islamist extremist danger within
merely says “We certainly do have a problem with some people who do feel
reason or another disaffected.”
This is typical British understatement,
which, if carried to its logical conclusion, constitutes an existential
I empathize with Horovitz’s analysis of the outgoing
ambassador’s outlook: “The conviction that the Palestinian Authority is
and willing for a viable deal is... jarring.” It seems to me that this
is typical of British “fair play.” Always tell the “other fellow” to
that is. In this context, the “other fellow” is Israel.
The charm of the
Briton – especially the professional diplomat – should be suspect. The
professional British diplomat has traditionally been an Arabist.
have been exceptions. Is Phillips an exception?
The column may be titled “Drifting away from Israel,” but it refers to
and the reality is that England is long gone.
As painful as it might be
for David Horovitz to acknowledge, the UK has become the Poland of the
century, with the people much more anti-Semitic than their leaders.
the UK is slowly being eaten alive by its many Muslims, but the
perhaps in a case of the Stockholm Syndrome, are siding with them
It is time for Israel to view and treat the UK as it does France
and Germany: a country that will smile at you as it stabs you in the
Highland Park, New Jersey Judaism and gays
Sir, – In
your editorial “A heartfelt Orthodox effort to grapple with
30), you make a sharp distinction between the moderate Orthodox rabbis
teachers who signed a “statement of principles” urging an accepting
homosexuals, and the “odious” protest of Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Yitzhak
to last week’s Gay Pride parade.
A careful reading of the “statement of
principles,” however, shows that the exhortation against embarrassing,
or demeaning behavior refers to cases where someone has a “homosexual
orientation” or a “same-sex attraction,” and not where someone openly
homosexual sex, much less publicly encourages this by marching in a “Gay
For such a blatant affront to Torah values, it would seem that
Pindrus’s protest with the donkeys could hardly be called extreme.YOSEF
Sir, – There were a couple points you made in your editorial
that I believe were out of place and not befitting a newspaper such as
To state that if Pindrus had his way “a healthy democracy would
not exist” is a particularly slanderous remark and totally
the man I know. Yes, there are stark divides among our leaders on these
but we must remember, we are living in a Jewish state. A democracy, yes.
we must not sacrifice our morals and values. They supersede modernity,
As far as your call for our Orthodox leaders to embrace
modernity and accept this “new reality,” what does this have to do with
modernity per se? Further, if you accept this deviation, what comes next
religious Jews who are not Shabbat observant? We cannot, God forbid,
through the Torah with a “line veto,” so to speak, and choose what to
will only lead us down a slippery slope.YEHUDA GOLDMAN
Coming out of the closet is one thing. Coming out brandishing one’s
parts in a conspicuous display down the world’s boulevards is
Unless one is a particularly impressive performer, why is one’s
sexual proclivity a source of pride? What is there in one’s sexual
be proud about? LEO SOLOMON
Nahariya Like lemmings
Sir, – Isi Leibler’s erudite
column on the conversion issue (“The deafening silence of religious
July 29) was indeed timely. Those of us in the Conservative and Reform
are considered secular, and we are patently aware that if something is
soon, we will, as Leibler says, have 90,000 more young people who
themselves Jewish and Israeli, yet are unable to marry within the
Judaism. And don’t forget those progressive Jews wishing to make
Ideally, there should be a separation of religion and state. All
Israelis should be equal citizens.
We choose to live here and are
committed to the state’s existence.
That’s what is important.
should all be speaking out but, unfortunately, we are blindly following
antediluvian principles, like lemmings.ZELDA HARRIS
Tel Aviv What would
Sir, – In “Bullfighting bids Adios to Catalonia” (July 29), one of
the paragraphs says, “In the Madrid region, animal activists recently
more than 50,000 signatures as part of a petition to force a similar
vote. However, there they face a tougher battle because the Madrid
parliament is controlled by conservatives who have declared Spain’s
nacional’ to be part of Madrid’s cultural heritage.”
What a weak
argument. Couldn’t the Incas of South America make the same argument,
cutting the hearts out of living men is part of their cultural heritage?
conservatives mentioned in the article believe in the teachings of Jesus
then they should ask themselves whether Jesus would have frequented bull
and taken pleasure in the suffering of the poor beast.DAVID MARTIN