Sour grapes and innuendo
Sir, – One is hard put to understand exactly what bugs
Marilyn Henry in her litany of sour grapes regarding the Orthodox Jews of
Teaneck, New Jersey (“A town that touts its diversity,” Metro views, July
The presence of a significant percentage of Orthodox Jews means
thousands of families that pay sky-high municipal taxes that enrich a public
school system from which they derive zero benefit; thousands of adults,
adolescents and children who represent virtually none of the town’s crime
statistics; and a significant plurality of residents who are no burden to the
town’s emergency services, as they have their own EMS.
The closest Henry
comes to articulating any real beef is “the presence of 14 Orthodox
synagogues... a new mikve... and every conceivable type of kosher
Since no one is preventing her from opening non-kosher
restaurants, one can only assume that the site of 14 packed-to-therafters
Orthodox shuls surrounded by countless baby carriages must rankle a woman whose
own non-Orthodox synagogue echoes to empty pews between Yom Kippur and Rosh
Hashana, and whose absentee members are too self-indulgent to reproduce in
sufficient numbers to guarantee a liberal Jewish future.
thought, perhaps Henry is disturbed that so many fecund and frum Jewish families
are ensconced in Teaneck when they would make ideal candidates for aliya – in
which case one could hardly agree with her more.J.J. GROSS
Sir, – Marilyn Henry calls Teaneck “a small town that is deeply invested in its
delusions.” What are those delusions, exactly? Unfortunately, Henry never
actually tells us.
She questions whether Teaneck’s “blacks, Muslims,
Asians and Reform Jews... are comfortably at liberty to express concerns or
grievances about the Jewish presence without being branded as bigots.” What are
those grievances? Apparently, she doesn’t feel at liberty, either, because she
never bothers to inform us what they are.
Henry’s column has the feel of
a smear job. However, a smear job makes damaging allegations without sufficient
evidence. She offers no evidence at all, providing little more than unconnected
invective and a few pieces of cryptic innuendo.MOSHE Z. MATITYA
Jerusalem Deeper need elsewhere
Sir, – The obsession of the EU’s Catherine
Ashton with Gaza is difficult to understand (“Ashton in Ramallah: Open Gaza
borders,” July 18). The front page of the same issue of the Post shows the
opening of a mall in the Gaza Strip. The other day we saw photos of well stocked
shelves in Gaza’s supermarkets. There are also ads on the Web for
world-class restaurants in Gaza. Yet we constantly hear the mantra that there is
a “humanitarian disaster” there.
There are no reports on the Muslim
African country of Niger, while the EU as well as the UN ignore what is
happening there. There is severe distress in that unfortunate country.
Three years of drought have brought an acute shortage of food. There is a severe
shortage of medicine. Children are dying of hunger and from
gastro-intestinal diseases and diarrhea, and nobody seems to take the slightest
bit of notice.
Do any of the rich oil-producing Muslim countries help
Niger in any way? Would it not be far better to send aid there rather than to
Is it because the people of Niger are black that they can be
ignored? Or is it that Niger has no connection to Israel? CYRIL ATKINS
Shemesh Can’t deny it
Sir, – I have news for Yentel Jacobs of Netanya (“There’s
no other side,” Letters, July 18): The Palestinians do exist. There are at least
two million of them. Even Bibi agrees they exist.
It’s like saying that
if they aren’t there, maybe they will go away, like a bad dream. Unfortunately,
that won’t work.
They are here and we have to live with them, like it or
In his op-ed piece (“Sheikh
Jarrah, the opening heart of Jerusalem,” July 15), Avner Inbar expresses outrage
at any attempt for Jews to settle in the eastern part of the city. He uses terms
such as “Judaization,” “dispossession,” “implant” and “forced
The last time I looked, it was the Jews who had been forcibly
removed from Sheikh Jarrah, the Old City, etc., in 1948. It was the Jordanian
government that violated the armistice of 1949 by not allowing Jews to visit
their holy sites and by destroying countless synagogues. And yet, Inbar is
outraged by the desire of Jewish people and organizations to reclaim what is
rightfully theirs, and never mentions the court ruling that legally evicted the
My grandmother, who passed away in 1965, was unable to be
buried next to my grandfather, who was interred in 1945 on the Mount of Olives.
Even though a plot had been purchased for her there, she had to be buried in
One can only speculate at the reason for Inbar’s
Petah Tikva Side by side
Sir, – What a perfect
comparison in the July 15 Post between the opinion piece with the sharp and
insightful political analysis of Douglas Murray (“A political culture gone bad”)
and the usual inane and naive ramblings of Larry Derfner (“Why we’re so
unpopular,” Rattling the cage).
While Murray clearly and accurately makes
his case against the appeasers of radical Islam, Derfner completely misses the
point. The reason why Israel acts as it does is precisely because Iran and its
proxies – Syria, Hamas and Hizbullah – must not be allowed to gain the upper
hand in the regional power struggle, given the fact that their clearly stated
aim is to eradicate the Jewish state.
Formal peace treaties have existed
with Egypt and Jordan for many years. While their relations with Israel may not
be “warm,” there are no hostilities to speak of. Does Israel arbitrarily attack
these countries? Of course it doesn’t.
Murray is a well informed realist.
Derfner is at best simplistic and more often than not comes across as making
pathetic attempts to play devil’s advocate purely for the sake of doing so, not
unlike a spoiled child craving attention. It’s becoming tiresome, to say
Perhaps Derfner sees himself as the nation’s social and
political conscience. Murray makes it clear that this approach is just another
dangerous form of appeasement when dealing with the anti-Israel and, indeed,
anti-Semitic ideologies with which we are faced, as well as the existential
threat to Israel should these ideologies be allowed to take a more practical
shape.DANIEL B. MYERS
Chigwell, Essex, UK
Deserves to be heard
Whether or not one agrees with Eliezer Whartman, his views and
deserve a hearing on a regular page of the Post, and not as a paid ad
(“Questions Rarely Asked and Never Answered,” July 14).
He is a veteran
reporter beholden to no political party, a committed Zionist and one who
son in an IDF operation in Lebanon about 25 years ago. If any one
column in the Post in which to express his opinions – even on an
– it is Whartman.JOSHUA J. ADLER
Sir, – Pursuant to placing my
ad, I have one more item:
President Obama has repeatedly asked Israel to
gestures to the Palestinians to facilitate the commencement of direct
talks. Israel has responded positively, sharply reducing the number of
checkpoints and road blocks, and increasing the amount and variety of
President Obama, we have one gesture we would like to have from
you: Free Pollard and do your best to free Schalit.ELIEZER WHARTMAN