Sound of money
Sir, – Aymenn Jawad has done an enormous service by explaining
and exposing the horrific abuse and slaughter of the black, mainly Christian
population of Sudan’s Nuba region (“North Sudan: What next?, Comment &
Features, July 11).
The situation in Sudan differs from Libya in that
innocent civilians are being killed right now, and not at some hypothetical
future date. Also, the Nubians have no record of collaboration with anti-Western
terror groups such as al-Qaida, as do many of the Libyan rebels.
the Nubians are associated with South Sudan, a new country that democratically
chose to be independent of Sudan by a 97-percent super-majority.
there are moral imperatives for Western military intervention in Sudan to
prevent genocide, stand up for freedom and defeat terrorism.
League, on the other hand, does not endorse intervention in Sudan as it did in
Libya, and its OPEC allies are slated to clear one trillion dollars in revenue
As they say, money talks.
Vermont Driving us nuts
Sir, – Israel’s enemies have a new goal: Drive the
country nuts. As the ancient saying goes: “Those whom the gods wish to destroy
they first make mad.”
The Gaza flotilla, the “flightilla” and other
foolishness (“Activists plan week of protests for Palestinian statehood in West
Bank,” July 10) divert Israel’s politicians and security forces from serious
issues confronting the country.
The guerrilla theater of these
anti-Zionist “humanitarians” captivates the world’s attention as the twin
disasters of famine in eastern Africa and North Korea quietly
Similarly, in the past year, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid,
masterminded by a handful of Jewish radical lesbians, created controversy at the
annual Gay Pride parade in Toronto – the most absurd issue ever to hit the
Jewish community. The local media inundated us with this story although they are
silent about the overriding discriminatory issue: government funding of Catholic
schools and the nonfunding of Jewish ones.JACOB MENDLOVIC
chances this time
Sir, – In “Big snowmelt feeds big falls at Yosemite Valley”
(Travel Trends, July 10), I was struck by reading “visitors are advised to line
up lodging in advance.”
Our only trip as a family to the American West
occurred in 1979, two years after making aliya. A few memories are quite
First, the summer of ’79 was the season of the gasoline crisis
and we were told we would not be able to get any gas. But this deterred others
from traveling, and only once or twice did we wait in line at the
Second, we had the central lodges in Yosemite, Yellowstone and all
the parks we visited. All the lodging, no matter where, was available. We made
no advance reservations whatsoever.
Third, that summer there were
three-and-a-half groups of people touring: Japanese, Germans, Chinese – and
Israelis. We heard Hebrew everywhere we went. At Bryce Canyon in Arizona, seven
or eight Israelis moved into the room next to ours. When we met them the next
morning we greeted them with “Leshana haba’a b'yerushalayim” (Next year in
At Yosemite, the big falls were not as large as they are this
year, but they were still most dramatic.
The giant trees in the Mariposa
Grove were incredible, especially for a Georgia hick like me who only knew pine
trees from my youth as a boy scout.
We saw almost everything your article
This summer another generation of our family is off to
Yosemite. All reservations were made to be sure there is a place to
Jerusalem Peace by piece?
Sir, – In “BICOM makes
Israel’s case with integrity” (Comment & Features, July 10), we learn that
the British organization does not hold “center-right views which exclude
liberal, pro-peace, leftof- center supporters.”
It’s time to end the
charade that the Left is “pro-peace” while the right is not. The Left simply
believes that giving bigger and bigger pieces of Israeli territory to the
Palestinians (and Syrians) will bring more “peace” while the Right believes
territorial giveaways lead only to more rockets and terror, if not
History suggests that the best way to preserve peace is to stop
giving away so many pieces of land for mere pieces of paper.BARRY LYNN
Efrat One-sided argument
Sir, – Jonah Mandel (“Choosing between the law and the
Torah,” Religious Affairs, July 8) bases his whole article solely on one person
(Yedidia Stern) and not on statistical facts, as he should.
Stern is an
extremely odd bird and a left-wing fanatic, to say the least. To conclude from
interviewing him alone that the whole national religious camp has to choose
between Torah or the rule of law is just absurd.
Look, for instance, at
what was printed in Makor Rishon this past weekend and you’ll see what I
Shai Nitzan, who works for the State Attorney’s office, is the one
who decided to summon Rabbi Ya’acov Yosef and Rabbi Dov Lior for questioning. He
still maintains a whole staff of lawyers whose only job is to indict settlers
and anyone with a strong right-wing leaning. This department was disbanded by
government decision in 1999, yet it continues to operate under other guises. Now
if that isn’t breaking the law, what is? A rabbi who endorses a theological
discussion of when Jews are allowed, under the circumstances of war, to kill
gentiles should never be considered to be inciting others to
Also according to Makor Rishon, Stern, who in 2009 was
appointed head of citizenship studies in public schools for two years, is now
opposed to giving up his position. So much for his own respect for the
Stern’s absurd claim that Nitzan is not afraid of the Left’s
incitement because it won’t involve crowds that are as large as those attracted
by national religious leaders has been proven wrong. Makor Rishon showed that
there is a whole movement by leftists calling for – you guessed it – a civil war
with settlers and right-wingers.
What the leftists are writing about on
the Internet is a very real war that will involve killings.
If that is
not dangerous, what is? Yet Shai Nitzan is not worried since these expressions
come from his side of the political camp. He only worries about erudite rabbis
who are simply doing their job.
This one-sided reporting and
religion-bashing by the Post must end. You could start by doing your
Kiryat Bialik Spurious import
Sir, – I worked
for years as an attorney for several New York law firms before coming on aliya
in 1998 and I am appalled at the number of Anglos clamoring to have Sundays off
(“The Sunday imperative,” Editorial, July 8).
What can they be thinking?
Have they forgotten what it was like cramming a week’s work into four-and-a-half
days? Working four nights a week until at least 10 p.m. to make up for short
Fridays? Preparing for Shabbat until 2 a.m. on Thursday night? The mad scramble
to get out of the office on Friday in time for Shabbat, especially in the
winter? Yes, we need a two-day weekend – Friday and Saturday – which gives us
five full days for work and means we can come home every night at a reasonable
hour and actually have a life during the week, prepare for Shabbat in advance,
etc. And yes, there should be a longer school day, Sunday to Thursday, and no
school on Fridays so that families can go hiking, to the beach or on other
I thought we left the Diaspora behind when we left New
Let’s not bring it in as another spurious US import! DIANA REINHARD