November 22: What must be done

It is time for less talk and much more action; this is the war we face now; it is a war we must win!

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November 21, 2015 20:49
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What must be done

With regard to “French ambassador: Terrorism is terrorism, whether in Paris or Israel” (November 19), everyone is bemoaning the security situation and saying there is nothing people can do. However, there is something people can do: People all over the world can tell their government that they do not want to live with terror, and that if the government gives in to terror, they will change the government.

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The United Nations can really be a force and apply whatever authority it has left to proclaim that Islamic State has gone beyond all norms, is a plague on the world and should be regarded as such. Plagues have to be wiped out. All talk and no action is what makes people think that nothing can be done against evil.

It is time for less talk and much more action. This is the war we face now. It is a war we must win!

THELMA SUSSWEIN
Jerusalem

There are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world. Imagine how powerful it would be for even half of them to begin a worldwide program on social media, with demonstrations and ad campaigns targeting their own people – young men in particular – that condemn the use of violence to spread Islam as morally wrong.

The Koran might dictate otherwise, and that is why many Muslims are not standing up.



But they need to, even if it means going against the Koran.

No one can have it both ways.

One can’t be demanding rights and respect while refusing to stand up to violence.

They need to collectively repudiate the use of violence and prevent future radicalization among their youth in the name of Islam. If they are unwilling to do so, they will need to accept the consequences.

Silence is complicity.

GINETTE WEINER
Scottsdale, Arizona

In a cold pro-rata statistical analysis of non-Muslim populations, the number of people recently murdered in cold blood by terrorists in Paris equals the number of Jews recently murdered in cold blood in Israel. Yet while there has been an international outpouring of grief and solidarity over France, there is a hypocritical neglect of the Jewish casualties here.

France, with a population of 65 million and a minority of 5 million Muslims, had over 130 people murdered. Israel, with a total population of 8.3 million and a Muslim minority of 1.72 million, has had well over a dozen people murdered (with the number still climbing).

On a pro-rata basis, France’s losses are 2.2 per head among the non-Muslim population, while Israel’s are about the same.

Is it not time for our leaders, instead of relating to the French tragedy for sound bites, to stand back and emphasize that the situation here is just as bad, if not worse, than in France? When can we expect the Israeli flag to be flown in Paris or projected on the walls of the National Gallery in London in solidarity with us?

COLIN L. LECI
Jerusalem

Apology called for

Enough is enough! After weeks of insulting our intelligence by insisting that European Union labeling of products from Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is not a boycott, the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, insults our intelligence even more (“EU envoy: Israel cheapens Holocaust by linking it to settlement product labeling,” November 19).

There exists a factual and historic link between the boycotting of Jewish products and the Holocaust. We in Israel, many of us survivors of the Holocaust, know this only too well. For Faaborg-Andersen to claim that Israel is cheapening the Holocaust in this way is the height of extreme ignorance, impertinence and arrogance.

We have no need for Faaborg-Andersen to lecture us about the Holocaust. By doing so, he has crossed the line and entered an area beyond his field of competence. The Holocaust is a very delicate and painful subject here. He should know this.

Our government would be well advised to insist that he apologize.

BERTIE FRANKEL
Kfar Saba

Look whose culture

I beg to comment on “Culture gap” (Editorial, November 19). I shall not address the issue of Culture Minister Miri Regev’s style or language, although she is definitely honest and calls a horse a horse, something that cannot be said of most of our politicians.

You quote somebody asking the minister whether she was a consumer of culture. That person obviously referred to western culture. Well, I grew up in the West and consumed western culture, and was never exposed to the culture represented bi Jo Amar until my aliya. Still, I often wonder whether a culture that produced the Crusades, the Inquisition, two world wars and the Holocaust has any moral right to call itself a “culture.”

In addition, you describe Daniel Barenboim as a “world renowned Israeli pianist.” You conveniently fail to mention that this Argentina-born person is also the holder of a Palestinian passport, a ferocious Israel basher, and a cheater who tried shamelessly to force Israelis to listen to Wagner, the beloved idol of the Nazi butchers.

It appears that you should look harder into what is inserted into your editorials, which, I suppose, are meant to reflect your paper’s “culture.”

MOSHE KOLIN
Kiryat Motzkin

There’s no partner!


As is his custom, Gershon Baskin describes how a peace agreement with the Palestinians is still possible, and provides a wonderful picture of how this will be easily achieved and accepted by residents of both sides (“It is still not too late for peace,” Encountering Peace, November 19). He ends his column by stating: “All of this can be done.... It requires our leader to stand up and toss out the window the old mantras that we don’t have a partner....”

I suppose that with all his acknowledged meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Baskin has failed to take note that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated on numerous occasions, both in Israel and abroad, that he is prepared to meet with Abbas at any time, in Israel or in Ramallah or any other Palestinian city, without preconditions, to discuss an agreement.

Abbas has never agreed, so how can our leader not state that we don’t have a partner?

MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond

As usual, Gershon Baskin, in his make-believe universe, never once mentions the Gaza Strip – and that is because Gaza cancels out any possible peace plan he can come up with.

There cannot be a two-state solution that doesn’t include Gaza, and Gaza does not want to be part of any two-state solution. Until there are elections in both the West Bank and Gaza, and those elections indicate that the Palestinians really want a peaceful, two-state solution, we are wasting everyone’s time discussing a negotiated peace.

We need to annex Area C, build a wall and wish them good luck.

HAROLD ZUDICK
Modi’in

Define ‘everybody’

In “Selective outrage on campus” (Comment & Features, November 16), Alan Dershowitz, a leading defender of civil liberties, gets it wrong.

The problem at universities in the United States is not that feminist, black, gay, transgender or Muslim activists want political correctness. Rather, their alliance is unholy because it excludes Jews.

There is no problem at all in learning to be more sensitive and less hurtful to everybody, but “everybody” must include Jews.

MOSHE-MORDECHAI VAN ZUIDEN
Jerusalem

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