Why no cooperation?
Sir, — The juxtaposition of two unrelated news items in your
September 9 issue (“‘Palestinians must step up sewage recycling’” and “Israeli
academic affiliated with Samaria university reinstated to Berlin conference”)
struck me as ironic.
The first concerns multiple pleas to the
Palestinians by Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan to accept Israel’s
assistance in the treatment of waste water. The second reports on the
reinstatement Prof. Ronen Cohen, a recognized expert on modern Iran at the Ariel
University Center (AUC), after having been banned from a Berlin academic
conference by a Dr.Gunter Meyer due to the AUC’s so-called illegal
In June 2010, I participated in a meeting hosted jointly by AUC
and the Samaria Regional Council to interest US government officials in hooking
up Salfit, an Arab town, to the sophisticated sewage treatment plant in the city
of Ariel – a win-win for all and a great way to build peace, literally from the
underground up. Unfortunately, there was no indication then (or in my many
meetings with US Consulate staff and State Department officials since) that
projects of this nature are to be supported.
Why, I continue to ask them,
is the PA lavished with USAID funds while proposals for laudable coexistence
initiatives for the benefit of Jewish and Arab residents in Judea and Samaria
are deemed unworthy? Perhaps there will come a day when the PA, Foggy Bottom and
Dr. Meyer and others like him might be persuaded to explore with Israelis the
advantages of inclusion over marginalization. I am sure AUC would be overjoyed
to host just such a conference.
The writer is
director of the Israel office of the Zionist Organization of America.This is
Sir, – I could not agree more with what was said in “Turkish
Tantrums” (Into the Fray, September 9).
Turkey’s treatment of Israel has
little to do with Israel’s behavior and everything to do with Turkey’s
aspirations for regional hegemony and its attitude toward
Ankara’s absurd demand, that Israel give up the right to
defend itself and the right to enforce an entirely legal blockade against a
genocidal regime dedicated to its destruction, is a manifestation of the Muslim
concept of dhimmitude.
Robert Spencer, author of The Myth of Islamic
defines this as “the status that Islamic law, the Sharia, mandates
for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians” in which they are “free to
practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of
humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Quran’s command that they feel
The attitudes of Turkey, Egypt, the Palestinians and
others toward Israel is what dhimmitude looks like.DANIEL CHERTOFF
Jerusalem Not just the US
Sir, – Michael Freund (“Hold the Saudis to account for
9/11,” Fundamentally Freund, September 8) writes: “The Taliban regime which
harbored al-Qaida was swept out of power by the might of the American
Freund dishonors all the other soldiers who did their duty
while fighting the war on terror (we Canadians lost over 150). The blood of the
other soldiers who fought and died in Afghanistan is worth not only the same as
American blood, but is worth mentioning when the victory against our enemies is
celebrated in print.
Let’s be fair to every soldier who gave his or her
all. They stood up for us; let us stand up for them.
Tweed, Ontario Highly misleading
Sir, – In response to “US colleges may be
liable for ‘massive damages’ if they fail to prevent anti-Semitism on campus”
(September 8), it’s incredibly unfortunate that a former student at Brandeis
University experienced anti-Semitism and that he feels the school “ignores
anti-Semitism and seeks to brush it under the rug.”
These words, however,
are by no means an accurate portrayal of the current sentiment on
campus. Brandeis has approximately 3,200 undergraduates, 1,500 of whom
are Jewish. Given the proportion of Jewish students on campus, one can imagine
that any instance of anti-Semitism would be taken quite seriously by both the
administration and the student body.
Just last fall, when the Westboro
Baptist Church assembled a hateful, anti-Semitic protest at the gates of our
campus, the entire student body and administration joined together in an event
opposing anti-Semitism and racism.
As a Jewish student on campus, I would
certainly hope that no one reading the article forms the wrong impression of
Jewish life at Brandeis. The quotation is taken out of context and is highly
Waltham, Massachusetts Police, take notice
- Regarding “Mea She'arim ‘mafia’ harasses, vandalizes businesses” (September
8), Manny Samuels is a fellow Chicagoan.
We felt such anger that this
should happen to his wonderful business and that the Sikrikim group should be
allowed to continue to harass business owners.
Where are the police while
all this is going on? How can they not get involved in this neighborhood? Are
they afraid of the reactions of the haredim? Would they be afraid if this
happened in other neighborhoods? True, the Sikrikim are the most extreme
splinter sect associated with the haredim and they are no more than 60-100
people. But their thuggery should not be allowed to continue and the police must
see to it that businesses in Mea She’arim are allowed to function in peace and
Jerusalem Look to Taiwan
Sir, – Regarding “Israel
No. 22 in world competitiveness” (Business & Finance, September 8), I’m glad
to know that your country rose two positions in the World Economic Forum’s 2011
Global Competitiveness Report.
Allow me to point out, too, that in the
same report Taiwan maintained its position, at 13, although its overall score of
5.26 points was up 0.05 over last year.
Among Asia-Pacific economies, it
was ranked No. 4, the same as last year and behind only Singapore, Japan and
Taiwan was ranked 9th for its capacity to innovate. The WEF
report said it possesses “undeniable” innovation ability and that the country
has fully developed into an innovation-driven economy.
Israel was ranked
6th for innovation, so I think Taiwan can learn from Israel.
waiver arrangement between Israel and Taiwan came into effect on August 11. I
strongly believe this will enhance the cooperation between Israel, a software
power, and Taiwan, a manufacturing and hardware power, in the near
future.SIMON C. HSIEH
Tel Aviv The writer is director of the Information
Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Wasted vote.
Sir, – I am
wondering why I voted for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu again and what has
happened to the Likud (“MKs call on Netanyahu to stop razing settlement homes,”
We need to build in all of historic Israel immediately, and
when a Palestinian state is declared we need to annex all our land. Another
terrorist state in our heartland is unthinkable.
Netanyahu says one thing
to please the people and does the opposite to please the world. He no longer
represents our needs.
Likud, get control of your prime minister or you
will lose the support of the people and do irreparable harm to Israel!