April 7: Hebron shooter

When will The Jerusalem Post stop giving succor and ammunition to our enemies?

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hebron ‘shooter’
I am more than disgusted by your April 6 lead headline “Hebron shooter released to open detention on base.” This article should have been headlined “Hebron hero released to open detention on base,” or at the most, “Hebron soldier released to open detention on base.”
When will The Jerusalem Post stop giving succor and ammunition to our enemies?
Givat Ze’ev
Regarding “IDF’s top lawyer opens up on soldier involved in March 24 Hebron shooting” (April 5), has our nation gone mad? An Arab would-be murderer wantonly attacks a group of IDF soldiers. One of the soldiers notices that the “neutralized” assassin is stirring – could he be reaching to trigger an explosive vest? Should the alert soldier hesitate and investigate, or does he finish off the terrorist, averting a disaster? Choosing the latter option, he finds himself in a legal pickle.
The manner in which Brig.- Gen. Sharon Afek, the IDF military advocate-general, is pursuing the case, one would think he was prosecuting a fugitive of the “most wanted” type, not a dedicated soldier defending his comrades.
He even finds it necessary to assure the Israel Bar Association that “he will not consider public surveys” when deciding the soldier’s fate.
Who is this “top legal official” who sits in judgment? Did he ever have to make a split-second decision in the heat of battle? Will he apply the quixotic IDF regulations of “purity of arms” to adjudicate the case? For all the sacrifices our children make, the least we can do is ensure that the instinctive decisions they make in battle are supported by our government and military establishment. And when they make these decisions defending Israel, they should not have to fear that legal action is taken against them.
Ettinger’s detention
With regard to “Kahane’s grandson remains in jail during firstborn’s brit” (April 5), I think it’s unconscionable that Meir Ettinger was not allowed to attend his son’s brit mila. His grandfather, uncle and aunt were murdered by Arab terrorists. Hasn’t his family suffered enough? Ettinger is being held for eight months for postings on his blog.
He has not been indicted for any specific crime. I cannot understand how this can happen in a country that prides itself on its judicial system.
Where are all the human rights groups? I don’t believe the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has any real information indicating that Ettinger poses a danger to society. It’s just an attempt to crush the idealistic “hilltop youth.”
How can the people of Israel not cry out against the injustice of a system that keeps a man in administrative detention for months? Is there no habeas corpus system in Israel? Why not? Why are there no charges after so many months, and why is Meir Ettinger being so inhumanely treated that he could not be allowed out of detention for the few hours of his son’s brit? Unfortunately, our defense minister and those sitting on the High Court of Justice are in a prison of their own making. It is only an outcry from the people of Israel that can help demolish the walls.
It is time for all of us, including human rights NGOs, to say that there is a limit to administrative detention.
Your reporter writes: “The dancing was wild, the beat from the drums rhythmic, and the unkempt side locks typical of the hard-right youth and settler activists were flying in all directions....”
Personally, I don’t like extremists, regardless of which side of the aisle they sit on. That said, the whole affair sounds like some kind of primitive jungle rite.
“Unkempt” has negative connotations and is often paired with dirty; the expression is usually “dirty and unkempt.” This is yellow journalism.
These people were celebrating a circumcision, the welcoming of a new Jew into the fold. Abraham’s covenant with God sent a lot of Jews to the gas chambers. Making fun of it is in very poor taste.
Kiryat Tivon
The Goldstein theory
The old theory about Baruch Goldstein, now advanced in a letter to the editor (“The good doctor,” April 5), should be too uncouth for The Jerusalem Post to publish.
Quite some time after the mass murder he committed, the idea was circulated to elevate him from murderer to hero and even saint. However, there is not a shred of proof to the ideas offered in the letter.
Because of his outstanding life before the bloodbath, I would hate to judge Goldstein, but to declare him a saint without any proof would not work for a Vatican canonization.
The Katsav case
With regard to “Pardon the president?” (Editorial, April 5), in Talmudic discourse on juridical rulings in cases of doubt (thus possibly excluding, prior warning and two witnesses), distinctions are made between birur (elucidation of truth) and hanhaga (procedure), the latter being a sans mieu (“with nothing better”) directive on the judges to conclude a case.
In the matter of ex-president Moshe Katsav, the court’s ruling was clearly of the second type, consistently disputed by the accused.
While I fully respect the court’s verdict and indeed accept it as probably inevitable in view of its deterrent strength for future potential sexual offenders (from which point of view, Katsav was more of a victim than a culprit), one cannot conclude that the truth was established by the court.
So what? If procedure, then procedure. Let the parole board go according to procedure and not be deflected by considerations of an absence of remorse for acts whose truths have not been validated, and a reluctance to undergo weaning, which indeed would have been illogical and hypocritical from Katsav’s point of view.
Road terrorists
The piece by Amir Zendakovich (“Traffic accidents,” Comment & Features, April 5) is timely and informative. What is left unsaid, though, is the sad fact that Israeli drivers are the terrorists we are largely failing to fight.
Had Palestinians killed 355 people and injured over 23,000 others in the past year, you can imagine how terrible and costly our response would be, even though we know it could only stimulate greater resistance and hatred. But we could dramatically reduce our road carnage at a fraction of the cost, and so avoid the psychological and financial devastation to families and individual lives.
Brought to tears
I missed the performance of the Light Opera Group of the Negev’s Camelot in Netanya, the performance reviewed by Gloria Deutsch (“Theater Review,” Arts & Entertainment, March 16). So we schlepped down to Beersheba to see one of the last performances.
Ms. Deutsch didn’t have many good things to say. The first half of Camelot is mostly fluff, building up to all the evil and passion and action in the second half. If she left early, she missed out big time! The evil and hateful Mordred took command of every scene he was in. Full of life, full of energy, he was all over the stage. And King Arthur gave several impassioned, fiery speeches. I was embarrassed that these amateur, volunteer “singers as an afterthought” could bring me to tears.