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Sir, – I’m writing in regard to “Haredi Likudniks irked by fast day
election,” (June 18). Haredi Likud campaign chairman Ya’acov Veeder and those
“irked” by the choice of date for the upcoming Likud election are acting like
Despite its serious nature and the fact that it is in
the middle of the hot summer, the fast of the 17th of Tamuz is only from sunrise
until nightfall, and is not, nor ever was, considered a day when work was
Almost all businesses and offices work as usual, and all
schools are in session, including in the haredi sector, though certain employers
allow fasting workers to leave early, and religious school frameworks usually
end at midday.
The prayers for the day include some extra slihot in the
morning, and there is Torah reading at the afternoon service, but certainly
nothing like Tisha Be’av in either length or intensity.
There is plenty
of time to go to a local polling station and vote, and any claim that this fast
“will harm many members who will not be able to take part in the democratic
process” is simply false and disingenuous, because there is no legal or
religious problem at all!
Hatzor Haglilit Label laws
Sir, – I
wish to comment on German Ambassador to Israel Andreas Michaelis’s op-ed “The
need to distinguish between fabrication and fact” (Comment and Features, June
Michaelis stresses time and again that the labeling of Yehuda and
Shomron products, if implemented, will be “not more and not less” than meeting
the law’s requests. Do I have to remind a German citizen that most if not all of
Nazi anti-Semitic activities were “according to the law”? Germany’s friendship
toward Israel is repeatedly stressed, and supporting facts are quoted. It would
appear that there is no room for argument here.
But – oh the big but –
may I ask why, if Germany is such a good friend of Israel, are so many German
firms openly helping Iran build the genocidal machine destined to finish off
what Nazi Germany did not manage to complete? No doubt, rhetoric is a wonderful
tool. But it cannot defeat facts, and facts are what the ambassador says he
The trouble is, facts show that while Germany invests millions in
assisting Israel, at the same time it makes billions out of genocidal business
with Iran.M. KOLIN
Sir, – German Ambassador Andreas
Michaelis appropriately restates the close ties between his country and Israel,
reminding us of their importance and context.
Yet his direct approach
strongly contrasts with the ambassador’s blatant decision to omit and erase all
evidence of the intent of the proposed product labeling from Jewish owned
factories in the West Bank. This campaign singling out Israel involves much more
that consumer rights, as the ambassador claims.
Certainly, he knows that
selective labeling is part and parcel of the boycott, divestment and sanctions
(BDS) political war against Israel, launched at the infamous NGO Forum of the
2001 Durban conference.
The actions of the ideological groups pushing
this immoral double standard do not support the ambassador’s claim that the
labeling requirements “have nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian
Rather than defending such one-sided political campaigns that
make a mockery of the human rights principles developed following the Holocaust,
German officials should be the first to condemn demonization of Israel in all
its forms. Similarly, we would urge the ambassador to speak out against the
misuse of German taxpayer funds by political foundations that promote the NGO
Durban agenda of hate.GERALD M. STEINBERG
The writer is
president of NGO Monitor.