Where are the women?
Sir, – It seems obvious that the heads of state of Germany,
France and Monaco, among others, are in collusion with rabbis in trying to usurp
one of the most basic jobs of women. As is clear in “‘Truffle diplomacy’: Chefs
of heads of state come to Israel to ‘cook for peace’” (February 2), not one
female chef was included! Where are the righteous women who have been battling
for women’s rights? I am shocked not to see them picketing outside the Herods
Hotel in Tel Aviv, perhaps banging on their pots.
How did they miss this
opportunity to bring attention to such a public disgrace of women?
Sir, – Regarding “Metzger calls on dayanim to strike over
rabbinical court judge appointments crisis” (February 1), the Ashkenazi chief
rabbi unfortunately has joined the other male chauvinist religious leaders (Shas
and UTJ) in Israel.
Isn’t it time for some highly qualified females to
join committees that oversee issues having a bearing on women? After all, the
request is not to make women the majority (God forbid), but to have at least a
few to help decide issues for their own gender.
There are many agunot
(women who are refused religious divorces by their husbands) in Israel today
specifically because of a lack of women adjudicating divorce matters. When will
the chief rabbis represent all the people in Israel? URI HIRSCH
Sir, – Regarding “PM tells UN, US he’s committed to peace”
(February 2), Prime Minister Netanyahu has been vehemently stating that the
Palestinians should come to the negotiating table without preconditions. But he
should state that he himself has preconditions.
should include an end to the glorification of martyrdom and death, including of
those who so horribly killed the members of the Fogel family. If bloodthirsty
murderers of innocent, sleeping people are the heroes of Mahmoud Abbas and the
Palestinian people, they are not fit to negotiate with.THELMA SUSSWEIN
Jerusalem Serious roots...
Sir, – Gil Shefler should have noted more
about the roots of MK Isaac Herzog (“Herzog: Israelis don’t know enough about
the Diaspora,” February 2).
Not only was Herzog’s grandfather the chief
rabbi of Ireland, he went on to become the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British
Mandate Palestine and, after its independence, the State of Israel.
Herzog’s father was president of Israel and its ambassador to the United
Nations. His uncle, Yaacov Herzog, was a distinguished Israeli
Jerusalem ...and serious sports
Sir, – It’s
questionable whether God will take delight in watching Sunday’s Super Bowl in
America (“Does God care about the Super Bowl?,” Fundamentally Freund, February
2). But He definitely takes no delight in watching our football games here on
Go Giants! And Yalla Betar! DANIEL ABELMAN
Jerusalem Fits the
Sir, – Following the usual pattern of his columns, Ray Hanania places
equal blame on Israel and the Palestinians for the failure to reach an accord
(“The hallucination of peace,” Yalla Peace, February 2).
arguments, three statements cannot be accepted.
First, his claim that
Palestinians and Israelis have inflicted atrocities on each other implies that
Israel’s defensive actions are equivalent to terrorist killings of innocents.
Second, his belief that Israel and the Palestinians do not really care much
about peace clearly shows that he is totally ignorant of public opinion in
Israel. Third, his claim that Israeli stubbornness and arrogance result in a
failure to show compassion to Palestinians reflects either ignorance or a
Hanania’s attempts to show equivalence between the
positions of Israel and the Palestinians concerning the peace process, in fact,
reveal obvious prejudice against the Jewish state.MONTY M. ZION
Sir, – I am so sick of countries that mismanage their finances
for decades and then get bailed out – at tax-payer expense. Great job by Aaron
Katsman (“Argentina as a blueprint for Greece,” Your investments, February
Just like with child-rearing, sometimes tough love is the best
Enough bailouts. Let Greece go bankrupt.YEDIDYA SEGAL
Sir, – Aaron Katsman asks, “How much pain should Greece endure?” Well,
forcing it into bankruptcy will destroy the country as we know it and send
shockwaves through the global economy, causing a worldwide
Does Katsman really believe that teaching the Greeks a lesson
about living within their means is worth global economic devastation? I think
not.PENINA CHANA BLANKENSTEIN
Haifa Libraries of hate
Sir, – I read
“Cairo’s book fair is back” (February 1) three times to make sure my eyes were
not deceiving me.
The article is full of praise for the book fair, but it
neglects to point out, even in a single sentence, that this international event
bans Jewish and Israeli books. The story goes back to former minister of culture
Farouk Hosny, who threatened to burn any Israeli books he found in Egyptian
The peace between Egypt and Israel is cold precisely because
Egyptian prejudice against Jewish and Israeli culture represents a sort of
glacier, all of which the Egyptian people create (and they are not alone, of
course). Sadly, it will be a cold day in July when the Egyptian people are
receptive to Israeli creations, literary or otherwise.YONATAN SILVERMAN
Sir – Both Isi Leibler (“Documenting Palestinian criminality,” Candidly
Speaking, February 1) and Caroline B. Glick (“The Zionist imperative,” Column
One, January 27) point out obvious dangers with which our tiny state is
But so far, nobody has noticed an insidious danger from the very
books we read for entertainment.
In the past two weeks, I’ve run across
One was called The Finkler Question. Finkler was the word the author
used instead of “Jew.” He has a group in this book (very funny, according to The
New York Times) that calls itself “Ashamed Jews.”
Ashamed of Israel, that
The other was written by a prolific author of courtroom dramas,
Richard North Patterson.
Called Exile, it is simply a polemic for the
Arab side. It’s full of half-truths, quartertruths and total untruths presented
as fiction. Five hundred and sixty pages-worth.
Obviously, a publisher,
in business to make money, can publish whatever he wants as long as he thinks he
can sell it.
It used to be said that American publishers published for
Jews because American Jews bought a lot of books. I suspect they still do, but
the publishers are looking at a segment of ignorant US Jews that must be growing
It’s a circle that reinforces itself. If the book sells,
they will publish more of these scary falsehoods.
How can we defend
ourselves “in a coherent manner,” as Glick elegantly put it? Complain to the
publisher? “The weakness of the Jewish response” she mentioned could be due to
the nonsense Jews are exposed to as fact, even in the books they read for