September 15, 2017: In praise of Miri...

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In praise of Miri...
I found your September 14 editorial “Uncultured minister” totally unacceptable. You missed the entire point and failed to see and appreciate the policies and actions of Culture Minister Miri Regev. You fell into the same trap as those misguided apologists who insist on being politically correct while disregarding the bigger picture.
By the grace of God, some of our leaders are coming to the realization that you can call a spade a spade without apologizing. By the same token, not everything is “art,” and “free speech” is not without its limitations.
I fail to see any added artistic value in actors parading naked on the stage. Those who wish to see public antics of this nature need to know that there are certain establishments where they can indulge their fanciest. So it is, too, with films that besmirch our soldiers; providing ammunition to our enemies is tantamount to treachery.
Our culture minister is rightly not prepared to hand out money for the encouragement of these exhibitions of outright and unnecessary lewdness and dangerous manifestation of self-hate. Unlike you, she sees the bigger picture and draws the line before things get out of hand and all moral (even legal) limitations are thrown to the wind.
...or less so...
Your editorial criticizes Miri Regev for walking out on a performance at last year’s Ophir Awards but fails to criticize her opponents who walked out on her remarks after trying to silence her by loud, incessant heckling.
But more to the point, it’s unclear what your contention is regarding the controversial but so-far little-seen film Foxtrot. Did you mean that the film does not encourage anti-Zionism, or that the government should support the film until and unless it is proven that it encourages anti-Zionism, or that the government should support the film even if it does encourage anti-Zionism?
...or absolutely not
Everyone who lives in Israel is aware of double standards (more women studying in higher education, but lower employment in certain fields as well as lower salaries; IDF service for everyone except haredim; need I continue?). But the latest example is far more laughable than all others – and marvelously ironic.
Culture Minister Miri Regev, who censors (or tries to censor) everything she doesn’t agree with, now claims the Israel Film Academy’s disinvitation of her to the Ophir Awards is “cowardly and undemocratic” (“Regev disinvited from Ophir Awards,” September 13). You further report she “vowed that she would not be silenced or censored.”
One can only hope that Israeli satire programs will use this delicious irony – unless she censors them!
Please explain
Although I have lived in Israel for 38 years, there are things about the system I still do not understand. One of them is the concept of state’s witnesses.
As I understand it, the police can accuse someone of a crime that this person might or might not have committed. They can then say: “If you are prepared to testify against your ex-boss or associate, we can, if not make this whole business go away, at least make sure you don’t pay too hefty a penalty. On the other hand, if you aren’t prepared to testify, we are going to take you and your family apart and make your life hell.”
If this is actually the case, there’s a name for it – and it isn’t justice. It’s blackmail.
If I am wrong, and I sincerely hope so, would someone kindly explain it to me?
With regard to “Jerusalem council opposition leader slams mayor’s ‘neighborhoods plan’” (September 8), the opposition leader is not an official title on the Jerusalem Municipal Council, although it is customary to consider the head of the council’s audit committee to be the de facto opposition leader. Fleur Hassan-Nahoum chairs that committee, not Laura Wharton. We regret the error.