November 3 2017: Parsons gets it

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November 2, 2017 22:03
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Parsons gets it
I agree with musician Alan Parsons (“Alan Parsons’s advice for Nick Cave: Ignore BDS,” October 31). Instead, we all should promote BIG – buy Israeli goods.

BDS will put Palestinians out of work; look what happened to Sodastream. Less work for Palestinians will no doubt lead to more attempts to kill Jews. The killer will give his family a good income; he will get virgins.

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By the way, this monetary support by the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists will become a serious burden. When they see the huge sums being paid to murderers, foreign governments will have to rethink their support.

MURRAY S. GREENFIELD
Tel Aviv

Toxic waste?
No one, except perhaps for Sheldon Gellar, would compare Sudanese and Eritrean infiltrators to “toxic waste” (“Forced deportation: African asylum seekers as toxic waste,” Comment & Features, October 31). Shameful!

“Asylum seekers are not criminals.” Perhaps they weren’t when they arrived, but the crime rate in south Tel Aviv, as reported in The Jerusalem Post over the past few months, has increased enormously. Robberies, rapes, murders. Aren’t these crimes? Besides, these people infiltrated! They entered Israel illegally and were not properly vetted, so how could anyone know if they have a history of criminal behavior or not?

Recently, returning from a visit to the Ramat Gan Safari, Waze took us on a circuitous route via south Tel Aviv. It might have been the South Bronx in the 1960s. Men and women loitering on filthy streets, some drinking, some nodding off. As a veteran social worker, I know these signs well. Buildings defaced, garbage everywhere. In what was once a heavily populated area of Jewish immigrants, none were visible.

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Even under the best of circumstances, our Declaration of Independence says: “The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the ingathering of the exiles.....” That is the mandate. A Jewish state for Jewish people, the only one in the entire world. Isn’t this the reason that the right of return is denied to Arabs who fled in 1948 and their descendants? Isn’t this why people advocate a two-state solution, so as to preserve the state as Jewish?

Estimates of the current infiltrator population run between 40,000 to 60,000, with an annual birth rate of 5,000. We Jews are compassionate and charitable, but we are not suicidal – these people are either Muslim or Christian. They have their own culture, radically different from ours. We are obligated to treat them humanely, extend a helping hand and send them on their way to any one of the 193 non-Jewish countries of the world, all member states of the United Nations.

There are so many disconcerting statements in this piece that one needs to question the responsibility of the editorial staff.

LILA LOWELL
Jerusalem

Where’s Avishai?
In “Rewriting history: How Rabin’s murder will be taught in schools” (October 26), we see that petitioners are seeking to blame an entire segment of society – the Orthodox – for the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, with assassin Yigal Amir being from that group.

I am curious as to the whereabouts of Avishai Raviv, the notorious agent provocateur. Does anyone know what he is up to these days? Is he in the witness protection program?

MOLLY RATNER
New York/Petah Tikva

Like most Israelis, I was shocked and unbelieving when hearing of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. What I fail to understand, though, is the way so many people say the “peace process” collapsed with his murder.

Wrong! The reason the peace process failed was the frequent terrorist attacks that killed and maimed many of our citizens. This is what brought Benjamin Netanyahu to the prime ministership.

I, like many others, couldn’t abide Rabin’s repeated reaction to almost every terrorist attack during the “peace” talks, referring to the victims of those attacks as the “victims of peace.”

TAMAR GINAT
Yehud

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