(photo credit: JP)
Ray, Helen and Octavia
Sir, – Ray Hanania (“Fire them all,” Yalla peace, July
14) thinks that what Helen Thomas really meant was to criticize Israel’s
“occupation” and not to express anti-Semitic feelings. Is he kidding? Thomas,
who as a White House correspondent supposedly spent years trying to present an
objective, unbiased picture of Washington and the news, has now unabashedly and
disgustingly shown her true colors as a bigot and racist.
She knows full
well what happened to Jews in Poland and Germany.
Is she saying she wants
to see the Jews dead? That’s what it sounds like.
This is why she was
Hearst newspapers did the right thing.
As for Octavia Nasr,
she was fired because she glorified a terrorist. Plain and simple. It had
nothing to do with Israel, as we all know that CNN does not care a bit about
Israel – never did and probably never will.
Fadlallah was a founder of
Hizbullah, a murderous organization. She said it clearly: “He was one of
Hizbullah’s giants I respect a lot.” Which word in that sentence needs
explaining? According to Nasr, Fadlallah’s connection to Hizbullah makes him
praiseworthy, plain and simple.
There is no connection between the two
There is no conspiracy to catch Israel and Jew-haters red-handed
and drag them through the mud. I am surprised, though, that Hanania doesn’t
mention the other side of the coin.
We see time and again what freedom of
speech and the press in the Western world do to Arabs and Muslims. How many
riots have occurred and fatwas issued over a cartoon in a newspaper? It seems
that Ray Hanania has highlighted a double standard: Say something anti-Semitic
or anti- Israel, get a stern rebuke.
Say something about Islam, watch
your back! CHANA PINTO
Ra’anana Got off easy
Sir, – I got the impression over
the past few months that actively defying a court order and demonstrating overt
contempt for a court call for incarceration for a period of time.
come Anat Hoffman (“Women of the Wall head arrested for Torah reading at holy
site,” July 13) was released on NIS 5,000 bail? MARCHAL KAPLAN
Sir, – While all our thoughts and actions are focused on seeking the
release of Gilad Schalit, may I draw your readers’ attention to the sad
another Gilad – my good friend Anthony Nathan, who for the past 3.5
been moldering in a prison in Mauritius.
Tony, a civil engineer by
profession, is 73 years old and was sentenced to 10 years, meaning he
will be 80
when let go unless action can be taken to secure his early release.
succumbed to temptation when in financial straits and was caught
I must stress that he has never been on
Clearly, he deserved punishment for his moment of folly. On the
other hand, given his age and character, I firmly believe that he has
enough and been taught a bitter lesson.
He has both Israeli and
Australian citizenship, and is visited every few months by the
Israel cannot help because it does not have
diplomatic relations with Mauritius.
Recently, I appealed to the
president of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnaught, for an amnesty for Tony,
was rejected. In a couple of months, Tony’s daughter, Mirit, is getting
in Jerusalem and her dearest wish is for her father to be able to
In view of Tony’s cruel predicament, I would like to ask your
readers if they have any concrete suggestions or connections that will
significantly help to bring about his release. This would be a real
I can be reached at email@example.com.