Fact on the ground
Sir, – Regarding “Munich widows make last-ditch effort in
campaign for Olympic moment of silence” (July 25), I have a simple suggestion
that would accomplish this and thus commemorate the memories of the Israeli
athletes who were the victims of the Munich massacre 40 years ago.
suggest that at the opening ceremony, as the teams of the various countries
march into the main stadium, the Israeli squad, when it reaches the center of
the stadium, stops marching, dons black armbands, brings the Israeli flag to
half mast, lowers its heads and stands for a moment in silence before
A little Israeli chutzpah and some old-fashioned Israeli
facts on the ground would be just right for this occasion.ELI SCHMELL
Rehovot It’s not Jew-hatred
Sir, – By tying the recent German court decision to
outlaw circumcision to a general thesis on ever-morphing anti-Semitism
(“Circumcision,” Editorial, July 25), you missed the point and did the fight
against both race hatred and religious intolerance a disservice.
moves to limit religious rituals seen as cruel (ritual slaughter, circumcision)
have a lot to do with the mania for political correctness that has gripped a
decadent Europe, as well as ignorance, intolerance and simple
It is not a manifestation of Jew-hatred.
remember that there is a small but growing secular movement in Israel that is
against circumcision; are these people anti-Semites? Famously, a former head of
the British Pediatric Association, a Jew, was tooth and nail against
circumcision. Misguided and bigoted he may have been, but he was not anti-
Of course, circumcision is common in some Christian countries,
not to mention Muslim countries, a fact that suggests nothing with regard to
them being philo-Semitic.ANTHONY LUDER
The writer is head of the
Department of Pediatrics at Ziv Medical Center Scorched earth
Sir, – In “Ramot
residents incensed over ‘helter skelter’ tree thinning” (July 19), your reporter
was told by a KKL-JNF spokesman that complaints directed against it were
“distorted and false” and that “staff members are present at all times during
the trimming process and continue to supervise all procedures.”
assurances by professional handlers make good copy but reflect fiction, not
fact. When neighbors confronted the cutting crew the foreman admitted he and his
men had not been given any real guidelines about which trees to cut, but were
cutting on a basis that could be called somewhere between helter-skelter and
scorched earth. Only after the damage had been done did representatives of the
JNF show up.
At least 80 percent of the forest has been razed, as the
tree stumps clearly show – and the JNF has the effrontery to call it
The motives behind the cutting must be questioned.
Post has reported that city planners and developers want to build apartments
here to provide promised housing solutions.
Look no farther than the end
of Mishol Hamagalit Street, where trees have been felled to make a clearing that
matches perfectly an extension of the road and new residential lots – but with a
few decorative trees left in place.
Two years ago the JNF conducted a Tu
Bishvat ceremony in the forest, including the planting of hundreds of
Music and speeches were part of the program. The saplings were
never tended to and died within weeks, foreboding the future.
prevented the last vestige of trees from being cut, but the damage has been
done. This blight on the JNF’s reputation will take decades, literally, to
The writer is a resident of Ramot