Sir, – David Weinberg’s demonization of Arye Deri (“Beware of Baba
Arye,” Observations, May 10) is unbelievable. It is not worthy of the Post, but
rather of some sensationalist tabloid.
For example, the Shas school
system provided a long day, which many working parents welcomed as it saved them
the worry of what to do with the children in the afternoons. And these kids got
a dose of Yiddishkeit and less exposure to the undesirable influences of the
street. Weinberg is concerned that they might become more religious than he’d
like and so maligns the system.
As to not expressing remorse, it’s hard
to regret something when one believes he is innocent.
Courts have been
known to convict innocent men. But here is someone who accepted the heavenly
decree and served his time.
I may not agree with everything Deri says and
certainly not with how Shas acted during the Oslo era, but the hatred dripping
from this article makes Weinberg as much a purveyor of hate as he accuses Deri
of being.BATYA BERLINGER
Sir, – With regard to “Deri’s return”
(Editorial, May 9), reinstalling a “charismatic ex-con” at the helm of Shas
should bring a great amount of shame to the supporters of Shas, and disbelief to
the citizens of Israel.
Time and time again we are shamed for the
political circus that allows people to return to public service after being
convicted of acts of moral turpitude.
The rules are obviously the same
for all, so I suppose one should not distinguish between secular and religious
The fact that Deri is a member of a haredi party, though, is
so much more painful. As an observant Jew, I am hurt that much more when a
so-called God-fearing party would perform such backroom deals. How is it that
one of the great sages, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, would condone such behavior? Perhaps
the time has come to do away with exclusively religious parties and instead have
religious politicians serve as members of other parties. That way, when a
religious politician commits an offense, he or she will bring shame only upon
him or herself, and not an entire party that should be operating within the
guidelines set forth by the laws of the Torah as well as those of the
Sir, – The Jerusalem Post scores a
bull’s-eye when it argues that “the question remains whether what is not
preventable by strict legalistic criteria is perforce acceptable by civic
By these criteria, however, you yourselves were guilty of
overt hypocrisy by granting a starring role to Ehud Olmert at your recent New
York shindig. One can legitimately question whether someone who is not yet
preventable by strictly legalistic criteria is perforce acceptable by
When it comes to unmitigated hubris, entitlement
and grand larceny, Arye Deri is a relative amateur. Besides, he has already paid
his debt to society.J.J. GROSS
Jerusalem ‘Jewish’ coach
Sir, – “Moyes
trusted with keys to Man U machine” (Comment, Sports, May 10) reports that the
new manager of Manchester United is a Jew. While this is welcome news to us, it
is the type of information I would expect from a Jewish or Israeli media outlet,
not from Reuters.
What does his religion have to do with anything? Did we
know the religion of Alex Ferguson or any other football manager? MEIR SMULLEN
Sir, – As a keen Newcastle United supporter for many years and
having some knowledge of the English Premier League, I had never heard of David
Moyes as being Jewish or indeed having any Jewish family background whatsoever.
On Googling his name and searching online I could indeed find no reference
whatsoever to any Jewish connection for this gentleman.
claim was intended to boost sales of your newspaper to British soccer fans like
myself living in Israel or, more likely, due to a lack of research and
fact-checking by your staff.JEFFREY GILBERT
The Sports Editor
We mistakenly identified new Manchester United manager David Moyes as
being Jewish when in fact he is not. The Jerusalem Post sports staff sincerely
apologizes for any confusion this error might have caused.
decision Sir, – I am thoroughly disgusted with Stephen Hawking’s decision to
boycott the President’s Congress because of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians
(“Hawking canceled visit in support of Israel boycott, May 9).
boycott China about Tibet, England regarding the Falklands, Turkey with respect
to Cyprus? The list is endless. He is just an uninformed, spiteful
Sir, – Once an academic decides to
join an academic boycott he is no longer an academic.
When an academic
decides he no longer wishes to engage in open thought and debate with another
academic, dogma replaces academia. It is the time when he no longer listens. It
is the time when he knows better than the academic on the other side and is no
longer open to reason.
It is the closing of the academic
Sir, – I very much support Prof.
Hawking for having the courage of his convictions and supporting the British
academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of the upcoming President’s
I would trust then, that if the day comes when Israeli
scientists discover a cure for ALS, he will not avail himself of that
cure.MARSHA GREENBERG MOTZEN
Englewood, New Jersey
Sir, – What can I
say? “The mind is a terrible thing to waste,” perhaps, or “Guess he ain’t as
smart as we thought he was.”
Either way, the universe will continue to
expand even though Stephen Hawking’s mind is contracting.
will serve as a new cosmological model and he can sell a few more
Sir, – In “Truth, lies and
legitimacy” (Encountering Peace, May 9), Gershon Baskin makes a crucially
Writing about the lack of unification in Jerusalem, he
calls for more honesty and an end to lying. Indeed, without a far higher degree
of honesty and truthfulness on the part of all parties involved, there is little
chance of a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Arab conflict.
is that very few people understand the principles of truthfulness or abide by
Apart from blatant lies, untruthfulness comes in many
The half-truth and lie of omission are common. Another common form
is wishful thinking, with which people often hoodwink themselves.
despite his sincere commitment to fostering peace, frequently indulges in these
forms of untruthfulness when he chooses to ignore or downplay relevant facts and
factors. One is the responsibility accruing to the Arab world for its attempts
to invade and destroy Israel (one of which led to Israel’s takeover of Judea and
Another is the various international documents attesting to
Jewish rights in Palestine and the violent rejection of those rights by local
Arabs and the rest of the Arab world.
Baskin could be so much more
effective by relating to all the relevant issues and calling on his many Arab
contacts to understand that only through truthfulness can problems and conflict
ever be resolved.RALPH DOBRIN