Sir, – The treatment of pop star Justin Bieber by the Israeli photographers and the mishandling of his planned meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu (“Bieber tweets his frustration at paparazzi,” April 14) have resulted in yet another hasbara disaster.
Bieber spent two days tweeting to 8 million followers – not about the special moments he should have experienced while visiting the Holy Land, but about the constant harassment by the paps.
In this age of mass social media, when it’s difficult to get international pop stars to even set foot in Israel, the authorities must take steps to ensure that visitors with fame and reach are protected and become our ambassadors to their millions of fans.JONATHAN STEEL
Sir, – Justin Bieber may be popular in the United States and Canada, but
who is he anyway? The so-called professional photographers are quite
unprofessional in my opinion. The trouble can be traced to the
media-manufactured frenzy covering a youngster like Bieber and, sadly,
they have done the same with the likes of Lindsay, Paris and Snookie,
who all belong in the Entertainment Hall of Shame.
As for that cancelled meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, I would think the
prime minister has more important issues! HERBERT W. STARK
New York Good investment
Sir, – Regarding “UK student union elects
radical Islamists” (April 14), I think the students who elected the
radicals should be offered free trips for an extended stay in the
Islamic country of their choice.
Would they then come home to the UK and vote the same way? HILDA
Petah Tikva Resonant analogy
Sir, – Eliezer Whartman’s letter
“Vocabulary lesson” (April 14) reminded me of an analogy that still
resonates in my brain.
Comparing the size of Israel with that of the Arab or Muslim domains, if
we envisage them as a football field, Israel could be a matchbox that
lies in the middle.
Do we really believe that if we accede to the Arabs’ demand for half the
matchbox they will let us live in peace? Or will they be emboldened to
take the other half as well? Something to think about.DOLLY CHINITZ
Jerusalem Flags on Pessah
Sir, – Regarding “UN: PA ready
for statehood, but held back by ‘occupation’” (April 13), the United
Nations’s main functions appear to be ignoring the slaughter in Darfur
and the plight of women in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt and almost every
part of the Islamic world. The persecution of Baha’is, Kurds and, of
course, Christians in these same lands passes over the heads of this
“assembly of the bizarre.”
Only one nation is carefully examined, dissected, condemned and lied
about by the “Oom- Shmoom,” as our first prime minister prophetically
called the world body.
But what is even more outlandish is that we celebrate our independence
on a day connected to a resolution by this council of hypocrites. The
resolution they endorsed that led to the Jewish nation of Israel was in
fact meant as a death sentence, given the borders we were granted –
borders that in no way were for a nation being restored to its homeland.
This year, more than ever, we must celebrate the true date of independence for the Jewish people.
That day is when our eternal Father took us out of slavery in Egypt and led us home to the land He promised our patriarchs.
Therefore, I urge every Jew to display our flag on the 14th day of
Nisan, the real day we were granted independence as the true sons of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.DAVID STAR
Ma’aleh Adumim Better use for rails
Sir, – Once again there
is a delay in the operation of the the capital’s light rail system
(“J’lem light rail passenger trials delayed,” News in Brief, April 13).
Eventually, it might be dubbed “Jerusalem’s Folly.”
Considering the increasing number of cyclists in the city and the lack
of proper bike lanes, perhaps the railway lanes should be turned over to
the bikers. There are even benches on which to rest along the way! DIANA SCHIOWITZ
Jerusalem Desperate leaders
Sir, – Despite the recent
escalation in violence, Israel allowed the transfer of 3,656 trucks to
the Gaza Strip with food and medical supplies, and the transfer of an
additional 2,100 truckloads of other goods, including gravel for
construction (“Defense officials predict conflict with Hamas is likely
to escalate,” April 12).
How desperate our “leaders” are for world approval that we even continue
to feed and supply our enemies. (And don’t tell me they are innocent
civilians: Those “innocent civilians” celebrated the slaughter of the
Fogel family, the youngest being only three months old. Those
“innocents” voted for Hamas.) The sickness of it all is that the more
concessions we make, the more we are castigated, ridiculed and become –
if we’re not already – completely delegitimized.
And now we have Jewish first grade teacher Ma’ayan Elimelech of the
Arabic-Hebrew bilingual school in Beersheba telling her Jewish and Arab
pupils, who have spent the night in a bomb shelter or sealed room, that
“there are always bad people on both sides and that bad people are bad
people” (“School of hard knocks,” Comment & Features, April 12).
The insinuation, of course, is that Israelis are also bad, even though
we know our attacks come only in response to attacks by terrorists. Is
this the teaching we want for our Jewish children? YENTEL JACOBS
She’s nice, huh?
Sir, – After reading Shmuley Boteach’s defense of
President Obama’s adviser (“A frank discussion with Samantha Power,” No
Holds Barred, April 12), I went to the Internet to see the entire
threeminute clip of that controversial interview.
Unfortunately, Boteach’s contention that Power was dismissed as an enemy
of Israel based on a “fragment” of a single interview does not hold up.
He forgets to mention Power’s suggestion that the billions in aid to
Israel might be put to better use in building a Palestinian state. This
hardly sounds like a friend of Israel.
The fact that Power was personable and accessible to Boteach does not detract from the fact that she is a danger to Israel.SHELLY WEINREB
Ra’anana Fusion is the way
Sir, – The disasters in
Japanese nuclear reactors have, rightly so, given this form of energy
production a bad name. But controlled nuclear energy comes in two forms:
nuclear fission, as with the present reactors, and nuclear fusion, the
very process that formed all 92 elements from which our world is
Fission inherently holds a potential danger due to the vast hordes of
radioactive atoms produced as by-products. But the fusion of hydrogen
nuclei to form helium entails no such danger. The byproduct is helium,
inert and stable.
The science of the fusion process is totally known. It powers our sun.
The technology to attain the necessary high pressures and temperatures
has yet to be acquired and so requires further research and development,
but this is no more daunting than what was faced when controlled
nuclear energy was first attained.
Nuclear fusion is literally nature’s choice for long-term energy production.
Humankind would do well to take this lesson from nature and learn to apply it.GERALD SCHROEDER
Jerusalem The writer is a physicist and has witnessed
nuclear detonations. He currently does work in radiation control.