October 27: 'Improved' PR

Speaking out against lies and distortions in the foreign and local media is the way to try to change the world's view of Israel.

October 26, 2006 21:58
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'Improved' PR Sir, - Once again bravo to Caroline Glick for putting the facts and truths before us ("Prime-time blood libels," October 24). Glick points out that all Jews will have to ask ourselves important questions regarding our future and our ability to defend ourselves if the Israeli government "continues to be silent as the good name of the IDF, of Israel and of the Jewish people is dragged through the mud by distorted television images broadcast by foreign news outlets." Speaking out against such lies and distortions in the foreign and local media is clearly the way to attempt to change the world's view of Israel. Instead, the Foreign Ministry and Jewish Agency are holding conferences - and undoubtedly spending huge amounts of taxpayers' money - to develop an "improved" program of hasbara/public relations in which they wish to present a "new," normal Israel to the eyes of the world. What is really needed is for Israel to clearly state the truth and the facts of every case in question to our own public and to the world in cases such as Jonathan Pollard, the IDF's fighting in Jenin, Muhammad al-Dura, etc. This alone would constitute a new program of public relations, since, as Glick has pointed out, it is not presently part of our government's behavior. ANITA FINKELSTEIN Tekoa Who will remain? Sir, - Re "Just 14% of schools teach about US Jewry" (October 25). Why does The Jerusalem Post describe these findings as a "worrying new study"? As one who follows Israel's immigration and emigration statistics very carefully, I would be happier if the number were very much lower than 14 percent. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, more than 400,000 Israelis have so far emigrated to the US. In Los Angeles alone, one out of every four Jews is either a yored or the child or grandchild of a yored. So, the more Israeli children learn of the great and prosperous American Jewish community, the more will strive to emigrate there and become part of that community. As a result, who will remain here in Israel, except for the 300,000 psuedo "Jews" of the former Soviet Union who refuse conversion and the Ethiopean Falash Mura, whose ethnic roots are deep in Christianity? YUVAL KAHN Beersheba Gil's good works Sir, - In response to Jack Karlin, who claims the Gil Pensioners Party has failed to live up to expectations (Letter, October 22), let me say that we, the membership, are seeking advantages for pensioners as well as involving young people who voted Gil. We have started the following: We have entertained soldiers at Sheba Hospital and disadvantaged young people. Here in Meitar, we are seeking to create housing that is affordable. We are seeking to reduce bank charges for pensioners. Pensioners from the academic community are now doing the research and development to produce an English magazine for global distribution. SAM SILVER Meitar Congratulations Sir, - Many congratulations to Rabbi and Mrs. Hardman on achieving 70 years of marriage ("The Hardmans mark 70 years of wedded bliss in J'lem," October 13). We can only admire them and wish them continued good health and many more years of wedded bliss. My late parents, Morris and Bessie McLinsky (of blessed memory), were married by Rabbi Hardman on May 18, 1937 at Francis Street Synagogue in Leeds. He must have made a great impression on them both, because they often spoke about him during their 50 plus years together. Rabbi Hardman's signature is still clear and firm on their ketuba, which is still in my possession. CYNTHIA SELWYN Moshav Kfar Yedidya

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