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Sir, – Gil Troy, in company with other defenders of Israel, makes
the remark that “many people are pro- Palestinian or critical of Israel without
being anti- Semitic” (“Defining ‘hIsraesteria,’” Center Field, February 15). But
why is Israel treated so differently from any other country unless anti-Semitism
is involved? I acknowledge that a Muslim or an Arab might be pro-Palestinian.
But why should a non-Muslim or non-Arab be pro-Palestinian? All over the world
there are organizations devoted to the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and
sanctions movement. Where are the pro-Basques, pro-Tibetans or pro-Kurds? Who is
boycotting China, Turkey and Spain? If one hears nothing about these then the
pro-Palestinians and the BDS movement must be anti- Semitic.
Sir, – I find myself deeply disturbed by the
defenses of prostitution offered by some of your readers (“Prostitution: Yes,
No,” Letters, February 15).
The claim that this immorality was
“acceptable” in biblical times holds no water since times and culture have
changed. The laws of the Torah dictating moral and marital relations had not
been handed down yet (and the fact that the Torah was completely ignored in
these letters is an enormity that speaks for itself). It is no longer
“acceptable” to marry your niece or sleep with your daughter-in-law, so why
should prostitution be any different? I also derived particular mirth from the
description of prostitution as “nature at its sophisticated best.” The writer
would do well to recall that it is nature that makes female praying mantises
bite the heads off males during or right after mating. New leaders of lion packs
kill the cubs of the previous leader. There is a host of other of nature’s
atrocities that would be unthinkable in any civilized country.
beings and Jews, it behooves us to be the masters of our animalistic urges, and
not the other way round.MENACHEM G. JERENBERG
Beit Shemesh US indulgence
Sir, – Your editorial “The US and Assad” (February 12) rightly underscores the
appalling indulgence of Bashar Assad’s regime in Damascus by the Obama
Not only did President Barack Obama appoint Ambassador
Robert Ford to Damascus despite the fact that Assad had done absolutely nothing
to justify it, he did so by waiting until Congress was not in
The reason is simple: Congress was opposed to appeasing Assad in
this fashion and refused to confirm Ford’s appointment.
It is because
President Obama was set on engaging Assad, no matter his rearming of Hezbollah,
enabling of terrorists infiltrating Iraq to kill American servicemen and his
longstanding support of terrorists, that the administration ended up with the
unedifying picture of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describing Assad as a
reformer just before his bloody repression began to claim the lives of
thousands.MORTON A. KLEIN
New York The writer is national president of
the Zionist Organization of America Aussie connection?
Sir, – In the Jewish
community of Australia, as in Israel, this year we are celebrating the centenary
Little known is that Australia has maintained an unbroken
connection to Hadassah’s Jerusalem hospitals virtually from the
There are families whose forebears either worked at or were
treated at Hadassah Hospital. Some met Henrietta Szold and can recall anecdotes
and/or photos of their meetings.
We would like to hear from people who
have an Australian connection to the hospital with a view to publishing a brief
account as part of our own centenary celebrations. Contact us at
Caulfield, Australia The writer is
president of Hadassah Australia
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