Letters to the Editor: August 20, 2018

"I suffered from vile antisemitism – both verbal and physical – as a pupil in England in the 1970s. The dialogue gets passed down through the generations."

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
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Victory from defeat

In “After ISIS: How they won even though they were defeated” (August 16), Seth Frantzman has written a piece of great insight, certainly based on our experience in Canada where Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government courts the Muslim vote in a dozen swing electoral ridings at the expense of “peace, order and good government” – a key phrase from the Canadian constitution.
When asked in Parliament what his government is doing to track returning ISIS fighters, Trudeau points to optional courses in the elements of Western democracy. These murderers were trained in Mississauga, a suburb west of Toronto, developing as Canada’s Molenbeek, the Belgian Islamist no-go zone.
For the sake of electoral majorities, Trudeau will tolerate any Islamist perversion rather than risk offending the voting bloc he is building. The effect of ignoring crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Canadian Muslims is the evolving audacity of Canadian Muslims to undermine the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by advancing an “anti-Islamophobia” agenda. That translates as the Sharia notion of blasphemy and the suppression of free speech. Blasphemy is not a Common Law concept.
Islamist terrorists trained in Mississauga were recently arrested in New York City and convicted of conspiracy to set off explosives in Times Square. The infamous Toronto 18 were convicted a few years ago of plotting a terrorist attack in the Toronto subway system.
The consequence of ignoring the Islamist war criminals among us is more terrorism. Frantzman is right. If their crimes remain so glaringly unpunished, they understand that they’ve won and are encouraged to try again and again to do us harm.
Victoria, Canada
Credit due

As we prepare to welcome Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Israel next month, it is timely to recall that it was former Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon who answered the call of the Jews of Germany while the world stood by and talked. A family of Jewish men from Cincinnati Ohio with a cigar-rolling factory in the Philippines brought the plight of the German Jews to Quezon’s attention. He responded immediately, defying the American State Department, which controlled the Philippine Islands.
Not only did Quezon answer “Yes” to the call for help on the brink of the tragedy of the genocidal murder of six million Jews, but he put his personal property at the disposal of these German Jewish refugees.
The upcoming visit of Duterte should be given full backing by the government of Israel and all public institutions involved in Holocaust remembrance and the five brothers who brought word of the plight of the Jews in Germany to Quezon should be given honors.
Tel Aviv
Lauder’s lashing

Wherever one travels in Europe and the world, one can find numerous examples Ronald Lauder’s positive contributions to the life of the Jewish communities. It was therefore a shock to read his letter to the NY Times excoriating Israel with a multitude of criticisms.
As a digital subscriber to the Times, I continued to see it repeated over the week in it’s “most emailed” column. I feel that is was close to being a chilul haShem, akin to attacking one’s family in a public venue. It would have been more appropriate for him to have published his criticism, to which he has every right – and according to some, even an obligation to do – in a venue such as the Jerusalem Post, or to have brought his complaints directly to those who can address his issues.
Beit Shemesh
Corbyn capades

I suffered from vile antisemitism – both verbal and physical – as a pupil in England in the 1970s. The dialogue gets passed down through the generations; the boys were only spouting what they heard from their parents. How else would 13- and 14-year-old boys know the phrase “bloody Jew” and spout anti-Israel sentiment?
It will become even more acceptable when it is the party line.
What additional evidence does the UK Jewish population need that the leader of the opposition – who could be the next leader of the country – is an antisemite? Instance after instance proves him an enemy; he is not even subtle about being a “friend of Hamas and Hezbollah” and laying wreaths at the graves of terrorists, so let’s stop deluding ourselves.
Let’s also note that our institutions need guarding; the threat is real. My grandchildren attend Jewish school. Not only are guards at the gates, but they are posted at each end of the road and back entrances.
Should we have to live like this in the 21st century?
My advice to British Jews is to begin to lay down roots in Israel; look at the opportunities and advantages of making aliyah now, before – God forbid – events overtake you and you will be forced to.
Herzliya Pituah
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn entered the British Parliament in 1983, he has been a supporter or endorser of causes that promote a clear anti-Israel agenda.
As a back bencher, his profile as an agent provocateur was somewhat low key, but since being elevated (to his and everybody else’s surprise) to the leadership of the Labour Party he has become a more vocal advocate on anti-Israel issues, which has morphed into antisemitism under his stewardship and unfortunately pervades the party.
This has manifested itself in Corbyn appearing on platforms with known terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, attaching himself to the BDS movement, being present at a wreath-laying ceremony at the graveside of those involved in the Munich massacre, etc.
The facts of this man’s history do not lie – he is a habitual transgressor and serial apologizer for all anti-Israel/Jewish causes and must be outed at every opportunity.
Tel Aviv
Im Tirtzu clarification

It was unfortunate that your editorial (Stay out of the IDF, August 19) attributed the initiative against Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan to Im Tirtzu, when it was actually a group of more than 100 bereaved families from the “Choosing Life Forum” who initiated, wrote and sent the letter against Golan’s appointment to the post of defense minister.
As Israel’s largest grassroots Zionist movement, Im Tirtzu supports the families’ initiative and is proud to have helped them during the past few years in bringing their uniquely important voices to the public.
(Im Tirtzu)
I disagree with the view put forward in your editorial that while Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan is wrong to have compared trends in today’s Israel to those in pre-World War II Germany of the 1930s, he is still worthy to become the next head of the IDF.
It should also be noted that while you state that the right wing organization Im Tirzu initiated the protest against Golan, it was signed by more than 100 bereaved families.
I object to your implying that there is no problem in appointing a chief of staff who sees Nazi-like trends in Israeli society. Yes, as you say, Golan is entitled to his opinion, but that does not entitle him to become the head of the Israeli army. I do not recall that he has apologized for his views or has even been asked to do so. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I say that there are no Nazi trends whatsoever in today’s Israeli society and anyone who thinks so is not only wrong but clearly holds such radical views that it is inappropriate that he or she be appointed to any high-ranking position either in the military or in civilian life.

In other news

The daily news, as reflected in The Jerusalem Post, has more than its share of bad stories, from terrorism to a world gone mad. When there is a pleasant story, it behooves our newspaper to tell it! Two striking omissions in the past few weeks stand out.
1) Several weeks ago, we were lucky enough to live in a part of the planet where the total lunar eclipse was visible; it was lovely to see. Yet that Sunday’s paper didn’t have a single photograph of the eclipse. Instead, if I remember correctly, the front page had a nauseating large photo of the leader of the Palestinian Authority admiringly stroking the hair of a teenage Palestinian brat just released from jail for insolently slapping an IDF soldier.
2) Last week, the magnificent Klezmer Music Festival in Safed featured the finest musicians and attracted tens of thousands of people from all over Israel and the world. Not a word about it was printed in the Post.
These are two of many recent omissions that come to mind; many other pleasant news stories were also left out. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing that the editors would pay more attention to and include good news stories – of which, thankfully, there are many.
Beit Shemesh
Unnecessary, but...

As a relatively new immigrant to Israel, I have followed with some bewilderment the controversy over the Nation-State law. I am inclined to agree that, on balance, the law is unnecessary.
However, a couple of pertinent points have been overlooked in the media and public breast-beating.
First, preserving the Jewishness of this country is not comparable to a similar aspiration of another nation – Israel is the only Jewish State. Without Israel as a Jewish State, the Jewish people have no other home.
Second, and more important, in the hyperbolic frenzy in which the words “apartheid state” are bandied about freely, it is overlooked that it has been made abundantly clear that in the event of a Palestinian state ever emerging, not a single Jew will be allowed to live in it.