Tuesday, May 24, 2011

J.Post May 27: Venue in Question

Sir, – Although I have some doubts about what Georgian oligarch Gabriel Mirilashvili means when he states that “business and Judaism are inseparable” (“From Georgia, with love – and money,” Comment & Features, May 24), I have far more serious reservations concerning several aspects of the red carpet event hosted by the Peres Center for Peace in celebration of Mirilashvili’s 50th birthday.

An event that purports to express the importance of Judaism with the presence of the chief rabbis should enjoy the meticulous planning and dignity that would avert the circumstances where “Orthodox rabbis with bushy beards brushed shoulders with women in short dresses and stiletto heels.”

The second reason for the particular venue was to raise funds for the Peres Center, which endeavors to promotes ties between Jews and Arabs. One is prompted to ask whether the center, since its inception, has had any success in advancing the cause of peace, or merely continues to raise funds that would do better good elsewhere, especially when the Arabs deny our right to exist.

Petach Tikva