Letters: March 21

To liberal journalists there is no such thing as “facts.”

Letters 370 (photo credit: REUTERS/Handout )
Letters 370
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Sir, – “It can be hard to get people to agree on facts,” says National Public Radio’s Emily Harris (“Jumping in,” Cover, March 7).
What nonsense! Isn’t it so that a fact has been established as true? Isn’t it so that a fact is accepted as known to be or having happened? Ms. Harris exemplifies exactly the problem with journalism.
Perhaps it has always been this way. To liberal journalists there is no such thing as “facts,” which is exactly why, when I discovered this while living in the US over 30 years ago, I stopped listening to NPR and stopped reading the so-called paper of record and any other liberal publication.
Sir, – With regard to “Shulamit Aloni – A symbol of tolerance” (In Memoriam, March 7), Aloni (at the time Adler) was famed in the 1950s as a forceful advocate for a dejudaized secularism of the highest degree when she taught Hebrew at the top all-Jewish boys’ school Whittingehame College in Brighton, England.
Even in the early days of the state, Aloni was disliked by many Israeli pupils for her overtly anti-Zionist, pro-Arab stance. She became the bête noire of the Orthodox when, as education minister in the 1990s, she was filmed in public eating a pita quaffed down by beer during Passover. She also attempted to make the teaching of evolution obligatory over creationism.
The haredim nicknamed her hamachshefa, “The Witch.” She also enraged the national-religious camp by ordering all references to Zionism, Judaism, God, Torah and even the State of Israel expunged from the IDF’s Code of Ethics.
Her autobiography I Couldn’t Do it Differently (1997) showed that having Meretz activists like Aloni in charge of education for any length of time would have presaged the demise of Jewishness in the Jewish state.
“Return, return, O Shulamit!” (Song of Songs 7).
Sir, – In connection with Lawrence Rifkin’s “One huge crime scene” (Grumpy Old Man, February 28), it’s worth remarking about the famous early scene in The Godfather.
Don Corleone remarks, regarding the undertaker who never afforded him respect: “Now you come and say, ‘Don Corleone, give me justice.’” This parallels the scene in The Merchant of Venice where Shylock remarks that, after Antonio insults and spits on him: “You come to me, and you say, ‘Shylock, we would have moneys.’” The parallel doesn’t seem accidental. Both Don Corleone and Shylock – although in these scenes exercising the upper hand against the host culture – are figures who fail in their efforts to build a loyal family while making their livelihood in a way that their ethnic minority is despised for.
Sir, – “Our values, our homes” (Opinion, February 28) describes the hardships experienced by a Palestinian resident.
The article portrays Israel as a country applying harsh and inhumane measures on a Palestinian village. It is authored by the executive director of B’Tselem, an NGO notorious for its anti-Israel reports and activities.
This article will be read by many people (not only in Israel) and will provide justification for their oft-stated belief that Israel behaves like the apartheid government in South Africa, or even in a manner reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
As, in fact, this is most certainly not the case, and as there is an explanation for the house destructions reported, your magazine had an obligation to receive and publish a rebuttal by the relevant authorities.
While I approve of the Post’s policy of allowing even anti-Israel views to be expressed, unbiased journalistic fairness was not observed in this case.
Tel Mond
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