April 27: Overprivileged
What do Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike think a prison is, a luxury hotel?
Palestinians hold pictures of Hana Shalabi Photo: REUTERS
Sir, – The Palestinian prisoners are on a hunger strike because,
among other things, they are demanding better jail conditions (“Israel
‘punishes’ Palestinian hunger strikers,” April 24).
What do they think a
prison is, a luxury hotel? As it is, they receive family visits, are allowed to
have electronic devices, have canteen privileges, a TV in their cell, etc. They
are lucky not to be in a Palestinian jail. I’m sure that there they don’t have
all these privileges.
Maybe, we should send them to the Palestinian jails
and then these prisoners will find out what a jail is really like.
Sir, – Just as an Egyptian newspaper closed,
(“Egyptian English-language daily newspaper folds,” April 24) so too the
50-year-old publication of Sha’ar La’Matchil (an easy- Hebrew newspaper) has
To those of us who looked forward to its regular
appearance every Tuesday it is indeed sad. It was the one and only chance to be
able to understand the news in Hebrew and feel like we are part of the
Perhaps the the Education Ministry will
reconsider this move.
RENEE RABINOWITZ FEIGENBAUM
– Until reading the article by Oded Tyra, (“Attack Iran now,” Comment and
Features, April 24) I was opposed to any Israeli preemptive strike against
Iran’s nuclear facilities.
However, after reviewing all the options he
cited and realizing that all the economic sanctions are not effective in getting
the Iranian government to cease its production of nuclear weapons, I do not
think that Israel has a choice and therefore must preemptively
The fact that a nuclear-armed Iran will dominate the Middle East
should be of concern to the West and all the other Arab nations in the Middle
But for us in Israel, the issue is greater than being a mere
concern, because it is a question of our very existence and survival, a Shoah in
the sense that even a few nuclear bombs on our small country could kill almost
as many Jews as did Hitler’s Final Solution.
Whether an Israeli attack
against Iran’s nuclear facilities would or would not be supported by other
nations can no longer be a factor for Israel’s policy makers, because it is not
their but our survival which is at stake.
JOSHUA J. ADLER
Sir, – Left-wing extremists or vandals are not the correct
names for those who deface a memorial for a terror victim and a stone wall
bearing names of hundreds of soldiers that were killed since 1967 (“Activists
deface memorials for terror victims and fallen security personnel,” April
In addition these so-called extremists spray painted the words “the
fallen were killed for their treason,” and put up Palestinian
These people are a disgrace to the State of Israel, and to the
memory of the fallen, who were killed protecting the people of
Defacers such as these should be called “traitors” to Israel and
tried in a Court of Justice and handed a sentence for traitors who commit
Perhaps they could be expelled to Gaza where they would learn
what it means to live with the extremists. A good lesson, well