Sir, – It is shocking that in a democratic country, parents
can be thrown in jail for wanting to educate their children according to their
religious standards (“Mass rally planned in support of Emmanuel parents headed
to jail,” June 17).
The left-wing Supreme Court justifies this tyranny by
pulling the race card – although this has nothing to do with race or
For these parents, modesty and religiousness are the
All Israelis should protest the court decision – if we don’t, our
own children will be the next ones forced to go to an unacceptable
Sir, – After thoroughly reviewing the
circumstances surrounding the alleged discrimination at Emmanuel’s Beit Ya’acov
school, we find it most difficult to understand the logic in the decision of the
High Court to jail the parents and levy substantial fines.
absolutely no discrimination against Sephardim. It is solely a matter of
religious standards a parent by right determines for a child.
Hassidic track, which is being portrayed as exclusively Ashkenazi,
25 percent Sephardim who chose the track because of their identification
its standards. Similarly, there are many Ashkenazim in the other track
they want those standards for their daughters.
Furthermore, there is a
school in Emmanuel that is exclusively Sephardi, proudly teaching the
of that illustrious community – and no one is accusing them (and,
indeed, no one
should) of discrimination.
Finally, what right does a court have to tell
parents where to educate their children? Here in the US, it is a basic
as it should be in the Israeli democracy.CHAIM AND ELLSHEVA FLINK
Gardens, New York One less friend
Sir, – I am just your average US,
middle-of-the-road citizen and a staunch and passionate supporter of
entire life. There is much in the Israeli culture and character that I
As a child, when I first read the Diary of Anne Frank, my grief
was only mitigated by the knowledge that Israel existed. As an adult, I
Dachau, and this cemented my unshakable belief that Israel must always
protected by my country, no matter what.
So it is with profound sadness,
and in concert with my many like-minded friends and family, that my
with Israel has vanished. While western civilization has struggled to
and not to repeat the past, it seems that Israel has not.
I cannot blame
your media or politicians, because you, like America, are a democracy
have spoken. You have created unimaginable living conditions for your
human beings; starved, humiliated and murdered innocent Palestinian
children; and deprived them of the rights Americans hold dear to our
in the name of your right to exist. It brings 1939 to mind.
You, who have
endured centuries of even worse treatment should of all nationalities
the most kindness and compassion.
At least, that is how I imagined you
would be. I pray for your humanity to make itself known, and that you
to exist. But not at the expense of the Palestinians. And not at the
the United States of America.
I urge my president and Congress to
withdraw financial and military support immediately. I urge the State of
to create peace in good faith. I urge the people of Israel to understand
you are not behaving like a friend.JUDITH ANNE SULLIVAN
Massachusetts Missives, not missiles
Sir, – Religions are based on scripture,
which is mostly poetry. So it only makes sense that religious conflict
resolved through poetry, and not through politics, negotiation or war.
propose that all religious conflicts be redefined poetically, so that
be resolved without bloodshed, winners or losers. So let’s sharpen our
not our swords; send missives, not missiles; and apply our minds to
simile, rhyme, meter and prosody, but not pomposity, animosity,
atrocity or monstrosity.HUGH MANN
Eagle Rock, Missouri
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