It is Shechem
Sir, – I am sorry that in “Vishnitz rebbe and hundreds of hassidim
visit Joseph’s Tomb” (August 29) you said the tomb is “in the Palestinian city
It may be located in Area A, but Nablus is Shechem, as it is
known in the Bible and has been called since antiquity. Nablus is a rather new
name and has very little historical meaning.
All in all, however, the
news makes one glow with happiness since Joseph is venerated for his association
with and love for Shechem, and the holiness inherent in his grave is revealed
Thank you, Jerusalem Post, for revealing how necessary to the
lives of so many people this pilgrimage has become.
Tibi et al
Sir, – How wonderful indeed that a young Israeli Arab was able to
receive medical care from an Israeli doctor in Barcelona and at Ichilov Hospital
in Tel Aviv, with the cooperation of El Al (“Tibi saved my life in Spain, says
Israeli vacationer,” August 28).
How welcome and appropriate it would
have been had the patient and his mother expressed their appreciation to
everyone involved in that noble effort, and not just MK Ahmed Tibi.
boggles the mind to imagine such a story coming out of any other country in this
region, specifically where someone from a minority group receives such a
response after having contacted a member of his parliament.
for the good our country tries to do for all its citizens (and on behalf of so
many others as well).
JOANNE JACKSON YELENIK
Sir, – Richard Marceau (“The real nature of Jewish anti-Zionists,”Comment
& Features, August 28) resorts to the self-appointed Jewish establishment’s
typical weapon: misrepresentation or slander.
The Zionist political
establishment runs away from debating the values that divide Jews. It is afraid
of Jews who believe that Israel is wrong to treat Palestinian-Israelis as
second- class citizens, that Israel’s settlements, occupation and blockade of
Palestine are despicable, and that the manufactured hysteria about Iran is a
re-run of the lies about weapons of mass destruction that led up to the
catastrophic US war on Iraq.
The political Zionist establishment
shamefully supports the creeping annexation of Palestine, if not an apartheid
Ironically, it has found its positions losing mainstream support
while anti-Zionist and liberal Jews reflect the ethical values and political
strategy needed to resolve this conflict.
We challenge the Jewish Zionist
establishment to stop hiding and sniping, and to start debating.
The writer is a member of Independent Jewish Voices
Sir, – There is indeed a case to be made that Israeli drivers need
training in stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks (“Pedestrian protectors,”
Editorial, August 26). But I feel uncomfortable with setting up an enthusiastic
army of citizen enforcers. It reminds me of East Germans reporting on their
The first thing to do is mark the crosswalks more clearly.
Since in Jerusalem they use inferior paint, the road markings wear off quickly.
The street signs are usually small and to the side. Many are not lighted at
Pedestrians also need training in using crosswalks.
one small step off the curb so that drivers see you intend to cross; then stop
and make sure the driver sees you and intends to stop. Do not talk on your
phone. This is especially true at intersections where drivers turn right with
limited visibility of pedestrians.
I would suggest that a criterion be to
use people who have a drivers license – they can sense when a driver is behaving
in an unsafe way.