Sir, – Your choice of the word “segregation” for the separation
of men from women on haredi buses is upsetting (“Metzger: Haredim have no right
to force bus segregation,” December 19).
This is not the US and there is
no segregation going on. It is the voluntary separation of men and
One would think that most people would live and let live. But no,
everyone wants to impose his or her views on others who have a right to lead
their lives peacefully.
If you don’t want the world accusing us of
apartheid, please find another word. It is not segregation.YOSSI
Kiryat BialikTragic euphemism
Sir, – In response to Jeff Barak’s “Coy
euphemism, tragic implications” (Reality Check, December 19), I see that the
Meuhedet health fund is at least trying to reach out to haredi
It would be more advantageous for Meuhedet to use the words
“breast cancer,” but at least it wrote about the need for early detection.
Often, the haredi community will not even talk about risk factors for fear that
carriers of the mutation will not find a proper match for marriage.
is an organization in Israel that is completely dedicated to the issue of BRCA1
and BRCA2 mutation carriers. BRACHA (bracha.org.il) helps in the realms of
education and support.
I applaud Meuhedet for its efforts because not
mentioning this issue would indeed by tragic.DEBRA NUSSBAUM STEPEN
Jerusalem The writer is Jerusalem outreach coordinator for BRACHA Boteach on
Sir, – I was seething with rage when I read Shmuley Boteach’s “The fall
of a worthy adversary” (No Holds Barred, December 9).
ends his long and excellent article “Christopher Hitchens’s Jewish Problem” by
writing: “In the world as Hitchens would have it the Jew would cease to
exist....” and “...the anti-Semite is under all our noses, and it is well worth
the struggle to see him.”
What possible common cause can Boteach have
with this smooth-talking, boozing, anti- Semite? BARBARA OBERMAN Herzliya Pituah
Sir, – While eulogizing Christopher Hitchens, Shmuley Boteach claims that my
friend Israel Shahak, a professor of chemistry at Hebrew University, perpetrated
a “fraud” when he wrote that a Jew does not have to save the life of a non-Jew
on the Sabbath.
According to Halacha, which is strictly observed by
haredim, a Jew can rescue a gentile on the Sabbath not because the gentile is
created in the image of God, but because we are concerned that inaction will
cause the desecration of God’s name or animosity toward Jews. What happens,
then, if there are no witnesses and thus nothing to incite negativity toward God
and Jews? Can a Jew look away? Shame on Boteach for maligning Shahak, who died
in 2001 and is unable to defend himself.JACOB MENDLOVIC
Sir, – Regarding “Crossing the channels” (Comment &
Features, December 19), the hypocrisy of the shrill voices complaining about the
demise of freedom of speech should Channel 10 close and Yoni Ben- Menachem’s
appointment as CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority knows no
As none of the country’s TV and radio channels, including the
army channels, have near equal right-wing representation, and the only
right-wing station, Arutz 7, was closed, there has never been free access to all
opinions in the vocal media.
Apart from “fig-leaf” rightwingers on
“balanced” panels, can anyone name a right-wing commentator, presenter,
reporter, correspondent or journalist on any major TV or radio program? Can
anyone name left-wingers? No, Mr. Ruden. The problem is not that it is the “goal
of the Likud to morph the IBA into its mouthpiece.” It is that the Left fears
that the Right will at last get a fair hearing.
And if morphing is the
issue, have any Jerusalem Post
readers noticed that the paper is abandoning the
balance of the past few years and morphing rapidly leftward? BERYL RATZER
Netanya Job for copywriters
Sir, – As a retired copywriter (35 years in South
Africa), I was intrigued and delighted to read Issamar Ginzberg’s December 19
Tips for Entrepreneurs column, mischievously titled “Graphic designers, please
ignore this column.”
Ha! Ginzberg’s tips are all spot on.
advertisers could do themselves a lot of good by saving this fine essay and
making sure their design studio employees read it before preparing their next
ad. Allow me however, to add something from a copywriter's point of
Why are advertisers hiring design studios instead of ad agencies?
Design Studios generally produce good artwork, but the copy is mostly poor and
ineffective. Ad agencies have an innate understanding of marketing.
know that while good artwork is essential to draw attention to ads, persuasive
copy is what does the selling.
Many English-language ads here seem to
suffer from the fact that they are translated from Hebrew.
There is far
too much reliance on information, and far too little on user benefits and sales
Such ads make me cringe.
The best solution is to have
an English copywriter edit the translation, and better still, perhaps, to write
the ad anew.JOCK L. FALKSON
Ra’anana Avalanche of separation
After advertising in its weekend magazine about the Israeli premiere of The
Heart that Sings, which proudly highlights discrimination based on gender, the
Post made the insult worse by publishing a laudatory piece (“Women in the
picture,” Arts & Entertainment, December 19) legitimizing this anti-artistic
and anti-humanistic project.
The phenomenon of discrimination, whether
based on race, color, gender or religion, is an abomination to Judaism and
democracy, and must be extirpated from the public arena. Haredi women must be
rescued from the avalanche of separation, which we know from history never means
The collaboration of rational institutions with this dangerous
madness is stupefying. I call on all true believers in human rights to boycott
this black farce with contempt.ANTHONY LUDER
Rosh Pina Tibi on Torah
Sir, – MK Ahmed Tibi wrote in the Knesset’s weekly Torah newsletter that Joseph
is the ninth prophet according to Islam (“Ahmed Tibi writes ‘dvar Torah’ on
Joseph,” December 14). How strange, then, that the sanctity of Joseph’s Tomb in
Nablus has been desecrated over the years by local Muslims, even when the MK was
an adviser to Yasser Arafat.ELIEZER KAUFMAN
Sir, – MK Ahmed
Tibi quotes Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “I am Yusuf, Oh My
Father,” in which Joseph is a metaphor for the Palestinians.
includes the lines “my brothers do not love me/do not want me among them,
father. They attack me and stone me/and want me to die.” It ends with “it became
clear that they are jealous/what did I do to them, father?” As always,
everything is turned on its head to suit Arab purpose, whereas the truth, which
they cannot bear to accept, is that it is they who do not want us among
It is they who attack and stone us and want us to die.
asks “what did I do to them, father?” Ask the families that have suffered from
Muslim homicide bombers. Ask the remaining child of the Fogel family.
we really need to give this supporter of terrorism and the destruction of our
state yet another pulpit from which to express his venom?