Sir, – I am seriously concerned about the reported initiative
of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch to classify “pricetag” incidents as terror attacks (“Lapid:
Price-tag attacks are terror,” News in Brief, May 31).
Any attempt to
equate the undoubtedly shocking and reprehensible anti-Arab or anti-Christian
vandalism with the murder or attempted murder of innocent civilians cheapens the
value of human lives. Moreover, it creates a grave double standard whereby arson
attacks against synagogues and Jewish holy places, the desecration of Jewish
Torah scrolls and holy books, anti-Jewish graffiti and swastikas on the walls of
Jewish holy sites, the smashing of gravestones, defacing or urinating on
gravestones in Jewish cemeteries – events that unfortunately occur quite
frequently in Israel, and are disgracefully under-reported by the media – will
officially be regarded as of less importance and subject to lesser penalties
Sir, – Lapid and Livni
continue to call so called “price-tag” attacks acts of terrorism without even
considering the underlying causes. Recent articles in The Jerusalem Post have
pointed out that the IDF sits back and does nothing to stop the repeated stoning
and fire-bombing of vehicles in Judea and Samaria.
This lack of response
only emboldens the Palestinians to continue in their ways and is a direct cause
of the retaliation by the citizens that live there. It is called
The way to stop the “pricetag” acts for is for the IDF
to actively protect the citizens of Israel by any means necessary to stop the
unlawful and murderous actions of the Palestinians. It is time we stopped
worrying about what so-and-so might say and do the right thing.
We put up
protective walls when necessary. We bombed the transfer of weapons from Syria to
Lebanon when necessary. We erected checkpoints when necessary.
It is now
necessary to stop the stoning.
Sir, – Will Alice Walker ever learn the meaning of the word apartheid
(“Walker urges Keys to boycott Israel,” News in Brief, May 31)? Last year I
suggested that she visit Israel and see this thriving, integrated country for
She would see the thousands of Arab students, the nurses,
doctors, and the wonderful care that children with heart problems from all over
the Arab world receive here, and the care that the families who accompany the
patients are given. She forgets the young Jewish men and women who marched in
Mississippi and Alabama and even died for the cause of desegregation.
language that Alice used to discourage Alicia Keys from coming here to sing is
Kudos to Alicia for still planning to come here. I hope to
send my children and grandchildren to hear her perform. Anti-Israel is the new
cover-up for anti-Semitism.
ANNETTE UNGERLEIDER MARTIN
Kfar Shmaryahu A
Sir, – In regard to the report “South China Sea tension mounts near
Filipino shipwreck, (May 31) I wish to bring to your attention the fact that a
Philippine government vessel used automatic weapons to spray an unarmed and not
provocative Taiwanese fishing boat on May 9, which killed a fisherman in cold
blood and severely damaged the 15-ton glass-fiber boat, operating in the
overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of the two countries.
Philippine government vessel left the scene without rendering any assistance, a
violation of the International Law and humanitarian obligation. The Philippine
government later said that they fired at the boat in selfdefense, claiming the
15-ton glass-fiber fishing boat was trying to ram the 115-ton ship. The fishing
boat refused their inspection and tried to flee.
After a parallel
investigation by both sides, the crews on the Philippine government ship
admitted after interrogation that there were eight people who fired weapons
under the order of the commander. There was no attempt of ramming by the fishing
boat and they opened fired just because the fishing boat wouldn’t leave the area
at their request.
The government of Philippines has repeatedly tried to
cover up the crimes committed by its crews. Taiwanese fishing boats have often
been boarded and inspected by Philippine vessels operating in these waters.
There were Taiwanese fishermen killed, most recently in 2006. This brutal
killing has to be punished by law, otherwise a new Somalia is forming in this
Tel Aviv The writer is the first secretary in the Taipei
Economic and Cultural Office in Tel Aviv.Turkish treachery
Sir, – We
learn from “Power in Unity,” (Energy, Frontlines, May 31) that one of the
options being considered in the exploitation of Israel’s natural gas fields in
the Mediterranean is a pipeline through Turkey.
Whoever dreamt up that
idea completely overlooked the nature of that country.
Just a few of the
obvious signs of Turkey’s perfidious nature: the Armenian genocide which,
according to Turkey, did not take place; Turkey’s annexation of part of Cyprus
(which Turkey now calls “the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” the rest
being “Greek Cyprus”); and the Turkish demand that Israel apologize and pay
damages for blocking the Mavi Marmara flotilla.
One can understand that
repeated attempts by the Post to contact the Turkish Energy and National
Resources Ministry went unanswered: They were too busy working out what
treachery they could get away with, if such a pipeline through Turkey were
constructed! GERRY MYERS Beit Zayit Wasted efforts
Sir, – I am a great admirer
of Sarah Honig, whose op-eds are so instructive and written in an outstanding
manner. Her most recent article exceeds even her own high standards. (“The light
from London,” Another Tack, Observations, May 31).
The clear elucidation
of the history of anti-Semitism makes it clear that there is really nothing that
the State of Israel can do to remedy the situation. Previous editions of the
Post have featured articles criticizing the Israeli government for not acting
appropriately to counteract world anti- Semitism. Honig’s article indicates that
any effort will fail and money would be wasted.
Sir, – Anyone who still has Friday’s paper (May 31) shouldn’t throw it away just
yet. It contains a pair of magnificent matching articles that possibly belong
side by side in a picture frame.
The first is Alexander Zvielli’s “From
our Archives,” which is always fascinating. In his piece for May 31, 1948, he
says, “the Jewish forces also captured the important Ras al-Ain railroad
station, a former British Air Force base, and a British Army camp.”
al-Ain is today’s Rosh Ha’ayin. One can still see some of those distinctive,
humpbacked Quonset huts – still in use – lurking around parts of Rosh Ha’ayin
And in case we were wondering from whom the Jewish forces captured
these assets, we can turn to Sara Honig’s brilliant piece, “The light from
She describes how the British turned over strategic assets to
the Arabs. Even before World War II, the British were against us. Even as far
back as the massacre at York in March 1190. So we shouldn’t be
Sara Honig points out that even if we follow Alexander Haig’s
advice and give up all the “settlements,” we will not magically become popular
in the world. She uses the rest of her space to clearly state why this is not
so. The State of Israel must therefore resist all the peculiar foreign advice we
are receiving, and just do what we have to do to survive.
blessings to Alexander Zvielli and Sara Honig.