Reader Judith T. Hollander (Letters, March 19) is mistaken to think that Jews living in the West Bank are under civil law, while local Palestinians are under military law. Quite the opposite is true. A Palestinian living in Area A can expand his home without any permits, while a Jew living in a settlement community needs permission from the government just to expand a porch. Most Palestinians in the West Bank have an autonomous authority to represent them. But in contrast to Israel proper, Jewish settlers are still subject to military administration.
Mutual recriminations, red faces, apologies, accusations and feigned innocence. Let’s face it, the real issue is whether the part of Jerusalem under Jordanian control until 1967 is included in the West Bank, with its future negotiable or not.
Consequently, the strategic question at this point is whether, considering the potential effect on the Palestinian Authority’s ability to negotiate and the tension generated with the U.S. government, which views progress in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as an important ingredient in forming an anti-Iranian bloc
Unfortunately the declaration of Apartheid Week by a number of organizations and students, many with no connection to the university where the rallies are being conducted, represents only the tip of the iceberg of the effort to delegitimize the State of Israel (“Apartheid Weak,” Editorial, March 5).
I have been outraged that the universities, some of which even supply funds for these activities, allow such hate to be associated with their institutions.
The title “rabbi” does not come with any sort of divine inspiration, magical power or secret handshake. So why all the fuss over Sara Hurwitz’s title (“Rabba Hurwitz Mulling Retracting New Title,” March 19)?
Throughout the Young Israel network of synagogues, interns who have not received semicha of any sort are casually called rabbi. In the yeshiva system, male teachers of religious subjects are called rabbi whether or not they have received rabbinical ordination from an accredited seminary.