February 22: Some questions for Mabhouh mourners...

Where are said international-law advocates when Russians travel to foreign nations and (allegedly) assassinate Alexander Litvinenko?

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February 21, 2010 22:41
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Some questions for Mabhouh mourners...

Sir, – Those armchair pontificators who lament the passing of Hamas terrorist mastermind Mahmoud al-Mabhouh might consider a few questions (“Dubai police chief urges Interpol to seek Meir Dagan’s arrest,” February 19).

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Even if he had been brought to The Hague, do they think for a second that he, an enemy of Israel, would have gotten the trial that he deserved? If the head of the Mossad must go on trial, where are said international-law advocates when Russians travel to foreign nations and (allegedly) assassinate Alexander Litvinenko? And they were pretty quiet when Iranians bombed the Jewish cultural center in Argentina. Finally, were we Irish and the British to have used assassination, might terrorists in Northern Ireland have thought a little harder before imprisoning, torturing and killing?

    JOHN LALOR
    Dublin, Ireland

Sir, – Given the reaction to a Hamas terrorist leader’s assassination, can we expect stark raving moral indignation should anything befall Osama bin-Laden?

    YONATAN SILVER
    Jerusalem

... and an answer for the British press

Sir, – The British press should get off its high horse and get real (“British papers insist Israel owes UK an explanation,” February 19). Spies from countries all over the world – including Britain, Ireland and France – use forged passports from other countries all the time. How else do you expect spies to get around? The British press should think twice before calling on its government to cut Israel off from intelligence-sharing. The Brits need Israeli intelligence much more than Israel needs British intelligence.

    KATE HALLGREN
    Jerusalem

Presidential qualifications

Sir, – Marilyn Henry’s contention (“You betcha!” February 21) that she outranks Sarah Palin because she has three university degrees (how many did Abraham Lincoln have?), or equals her because of her incomplete term as secretary of the Friends of the Teaneck Library vs. Palin’s incomplete term as a mere governor of Alaska, seems characteristic of conceit. That she measures Palin’s public speaking against the output of a Hollywood script-writer shows cultural snobbery more than common sense.

    MERVYN DOOBOV
    Jerusalem

Sir, – The qualifications required to run for president of the US are that you be a natural-born citizen of the US, at least 35 years of age, and have lived in the US for the preceding 14 years.

The real reason that Sarah Palin is qualified to run, and Marilyn Henry is not, is that Henry has no constituency. Henry simply espouses the same old notion of mindless liberalism that serves America, Israel and the Jewish People so poorly. She misreads Bayh’s retirement from government as the fault of partisan Republicans instead of his weariness from his own party’s constant drift to the left.

Jews should be the very first to understand that as government gets bigger, citizens get smaller. Palin’s push-back against big government is what is making her popular. Whether or not one believes that she is the best candidate for the Republican Party, is less government a good idea? You betcha!

    MICHAEL ABRAMOWITZ
    Houston, Texas

‘Ayalon 2: J Street 0’

Sir, – Perhaps your headline about J Street and Ayalon should have read “Ayalon 2: J Street 0” (“J Street 1: Ayalon 0,” February 19).

In my opinion, Danny Ayalon should get double credit for saying it like it is. Many of us are disgusted at the doublespeak and fake smiles and acting that goes on in the foreign departments of so many governments.

Why should Ayalon grant niceties to Jeremy Ben-Ami and those like him, who are the first in line to denigrate and malign the Jewish state under the guise of “We love Israel?”

    SONIA GOLDSMITH
    Netanya

Mehadrin lines...

Sir, – Why do you continue to lambaste the “mehadrin” bus lines (“Transport minister ordered to explain why he rejected gender-separation findings,” February 19)? In a society in which come-hither clothing is sold to toddlers, shouldn’t we be be cheering on the only group among us that waves the banner of modesty?

And the haredim mainly want the mehadrin lines in their neighborhoods. There is no talk about placing one in Sheinkin or Dizengoff.

    JO GRUN
    Jerusalem

... being crossed?

Sir, – Just when one thinks there is nothing new under the sun, we read the article “For heaven’s sake! New ‘personal mehitzas’ marketed for haredim on planes” (February 19). I want to preface my remarks by saying that I have nothing against haredim; in fact, some of my dear friends are haredim. But I think some of them nowadays are going a bit overboard.

I think the haredim of decades ago would be amazed at what is going on now in the haredi world. Separate buses, separate sidewalks, mehitzas for airplanes – what next? Do they really think this makes them more religious than their ancestors of years past?

    HANNAH SONDHELM
    Jerusalem

Innocent until proven guilty

Sir, – The shock over the rumors about Rabbi Mordechai Elon described in several articles in the Post seem out of place when the same articles admit that the facts have not been determined, and the word “if” stands out so strangely (“The Elon affair – an earthquake that could strengthen the national religious community,” February 19). Why do we violate the rights of the accused in order to protect the accusers? We cannot have it both ways: hatred and condemnation of sin, as well as imputation of sin without witnesses and police investigation.

I hope Elon is innocent. If he is found to be guilty, I, too, as a great admirer of his, will be surprised, hurt and shocked. But those feelings will have to be held in abeyance as long as the “if” is relevant.

    JACOB CHINITZ
    Jerusalem

Concerns, not complaints

Sir, – I didn’t expect to have a correspondence in regard to the letter that I sent in; however, Chaim A. Abramowitz has ruffled my feathers (“... and to the ‘Daily news,’” February 18). What he claims are a “litany of complaints” are, rather, a litany of concerns for the future of this country – for its morality, its humanism and its realization that we live in the real world. Just as we don’t want to be discriminated against by others, just as we don’t want to be terrorized and confined behind walls, and just as we want to be recognized as Jews with the right to live in a Jewish state, there are others who feel they are defending their rights.

For Mr. Abramowitz’s information, our son and sons-in-law, our grandsons and our granddaughters have served and continue to serve in the IDF. He does not have to preach to me about sacrifices. They know why they served, and they tell me that it was to preserve those values they hold dear – respect for one another, recognizing differences and honoring those differences.

I respect Mr. Abramowitz’s view on life. I only ask that he respect mine and that of others like me. We Jews have to stop trying to destroy one another. There are enough people out there trying to do that without our help.

    JUDY TELMAN
    Mevaseret Zion

A life-saving ‘mitzva’


Sir, – “A liver donated by the family of a 75-year-old woman has saved the life of a 30-year-old man,” writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (“Pre-op briefings can prevent accidents,” February 21).

More people in Israel should be encouraged to join in the life-saving mitzva of donating a kidney or part of a liver, in life or by signing up for an organ donor card.

More information is available at www.health.gov.il/transplant.

    RUTH POSNER
    Beit Shemesh


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