Let’s emulate Glenn
Sir, – Glenn Beck, provocateur and former commentator for
Fox News, has initiated a most innovative and impressive plan to hold a
“Restoring Courage” rally on August 24 in Jerusalem to show support for Israel
before the UN convenes over the Palestinian Authority’s declaration of a
unilateral state (“Glenn Beck’s love for Israel not ‘right’ enough for some
MKs,” July 12).
In this critical period in Israel’s history, Jews
worldwide should emulate Beck and hold massive rallies not only in Israel, but
in as many major cities as possible. In the ensuing weeks, we must stand united
in full solidarity and make our voices heard in condemning this UN effort.
Apathy is a luxury we cannot afford! URI MILUNSKY
Netanya Who is a refugee?
– “Palestinian refugee” is an extremely liberal term used to include, for
example, descendants of residents of the area during the two-year period of June
1, 1946, to May 15, 1948, and even to people who live in places under
Palestinian control, such as Gaza (“UNRWA restores Web name following
Palestinian outcry,” July 12).
So I wouldn’t be overly surprised if the
pro-Palestinian activists deported from Ben-Gurion Airport now also try to get
away with calling themselves Palestinian refugees and then demand the right of
return (“23 ‘Flightilla’ activists deported,” News in Brief, July
Sir, – How could we not fulfill the wishes
of those who flew here on the so-called Flightilla and were arrested? They
should have been placed in cells with the Palestinians in our jails.
would see how well these prisoners are treated, all the amenities they have, the
food, healthcare, education, etc. They then could return to their homes and say
good things about Israel instead of what they are going to say.M.
JerusalemCredit due others
Sir, – I read with disdain Shmuley
Boteach’s attitude toward European soldiers, especially British, who held out
and fought the Nazis alone until the Americans entered the war only after they
were attacked at Pearl Harbor (“Knee-deep in blood-soaked battlefields of
Europe,” No Holds Barred, July 12).
The American GIs came into the war
fresh, well-fed and with no worries as to what was happening to their loved
ones, unlike the European and British soldiers whose homes were being bombed and
whose very way of life was being threatened.
Boteach has done a great
disservice to the role of Britain and her brave soldiers. They, too, fought for
freedom and liberty.
On a personal note, I would like to add that my
mother and her family were in occupied Europe, in France and Belgium, some of
them in the Resistance.
They were heroes without uniforms, cigarettes and
My mother found the GIs to be kind, generous and very humane,
but poor soldiers.SHEBSON SHIRLEY
Jerusalem Tell us the truth
Sir, – The
word diplomacy originated in two French words: “deux” for two, and “plume” for
pen. The logic behind this derivation is that a diplomat employs two pens – one
for reporting the truth back to the heads of government, the other to spin puff
for the public where he or she is posted.
When we say someone is being
diplomatic, we mean he or she is being discrete and not disclosing the length
and breadth of a matter that might be shocking to the ear. Such “diplomacy”
might even mean the diplomat is completely concealing the truth. Sadly, this is
what Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has done in his pathetic children’s
story about the accomplishments of Israeli diplomacy.
requires initiative and determination, and clear and forceful
Since Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Lieberman
assumed office in 2009, all Israeli policy has been reduced to lip
Ayalon’s absurd and meaningless tales in this article derive
from the lip service. Let him go tell these things to people in other countries.
It is a disgrace for a public official to employ this game on the people of
Tel Aviv Says it all
Sir, – Three cheers, and
then some, for Gershon Baskin (“Reform! The end is at hand!,” Encountering
Peace, July 12).
Baskin has said it all here. If only Israel’s leaders
We cannot continue on this same wrong road. We are losing
more and more friends each day our stubborn government leaders refuse to stop
and listen. A good example of this is the lies in the column right next to
Baskin’s, by Danny Ayalon, the man who started our slide downhill with his
undiplomatic handling of the Turkish ambassador and his continued refusal to see
things as they are.
Things are already pretty bad – and sad. But they
will only get worse if something or someone doesn’t stop and realize how bad the
situation actually is.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Sir, – Gershon Baskin is
scraping the bottom of the historical barrel. He invokes the hoary old calumny
of South Africa (where, Mr. Baskin, are the separate benches, entrances and
toilets for Arabs in Israel?), Sudan (where, sir, are the hundreds of thousands
of murdered Arabs?) and even India (Mr.
Baskin, the atrocities there were
committed in communal conflicts, not by the British).ANTHONY LUDER
Sir, – I am appalled after reading that the Palestinian
Authority demands that the Quartet insist on the pre-1967 lines as the future
borders, or it will go to the United Nations, where the large bloc of Islamic
dictatorships and their allies will help it pass its unilateral bid for
statehood (“PA asks Quartet to tell Israel to stop building over the Green
Line,” July 11).
Israel should publicly insist to all that only under
Israeli control is there freedom of access by all faiths to their holiest sites,
and that areas under Palestinian control are currently dangerous for Jews to
even wander into. Indeed, the Arabs have a record starting from decades ago of
vandalizing any Jewish holy sites in their control, whether the Hurva synagogue
in Jerusalem’s Old City or Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.
The Quartet should
flatly reject the Palestinian blackmail.
Otherwise, it will mean fighting
against freedom in order to appease those who unite with internationally
recognized terrorists in governance.KEN GREEN
Getting it right
Sir, – In your July 13 newspaper, we find a story about a synagogue called “Bnei
Jeshurun,” which suffered damage in a major fire (“Fire fighters put out blaze
at New York City’s famed Bnei Jeshurun synagogue”).
There is such a
synagogue, but it is not on the East Side of Manhattan, did not suffer a fire
and is spelled “B’nai Jeshurun.” The synagogue in question is “Kehilath
I am moved to write this because the day before, we learned
that a haredi rabbi, “Nissim Karelewitz,” issued a landmark ruling that members
of a certain community descended from Marranos are themselves Jewish according
to Jewish law (“Chuetas of Majorca recognized as Jewish,” July 12).
rabbi who issued the ruling is Nissim Karelitz. A mistake like this is not a
mere spelling error. It means that the writers and editors are ignorant of the
famous Karelitz family, whose most illustrious member was the Hazon
Jerusalem The Editor responds
: The writer is correct.
We regret the errors.