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Hanegbi and the system
Sir, – Regarding “Court forces Hanegbi to leave the
Knesset” (November 10) and the MK’s sentence, it amazes me that there was any
discussion whether or not the crime of giving false testimony be considered one
of moral turpitude.
Why would it not be considered such?
Sir, – Two thoughts on the Knesset and Israeli politics: 1. In 2002,
Tzahi Hanegbi, was minister of transport.
He established a nonprofit
whose focus was road safety and used most of the assets to buy himself a new
car. That he has continued as an MK from then until now says as much about the
turpitude of Israeli politics as it does about Hanegbi.
2. Former MK Azmi
Bishara has received over NIS 500,000 in pension and adjustment payments in the
three years since he fled Israel. We see that the Knesset, the body responsible
for enacting Israel’s laws, did not have the foresight to put in place a law
preventing such an absurdity, and that it took more than three years to notice
its oversight (“Bill advances to block state payments to Bishara,” November
This shamefully wasted public money could have gone toward relieving
the plight of the poor – another problem left unaddressed by the
Beit Zayit The nerve!
Sir, – Regarding your November
9 news brief “‘Cyprus may need formal partition,’” I have to ask why. The whole
of the island belongs to Cyprus.
Turkey has no right to be there. It took
the northern part of the island, with silence from the rest of the
I have seen the Turkish part – barbed wire, soldiers with guns.
And the Turkish prime minister has the nerve to attack our president about
Israel and Palestine! JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat Ono Long way around
Sir, – Gershon
Baskin tells a reporter (“Book’s translation sparks Egyptian-Israel spat,”
November 7) he believes in cultural exchanges and that books should be
translated from Arabic to Hebrew and vice versa.
He translated a book
against the author’s specific objections because of his liberal views. He knew
it was illegal and was warned, he admits, by the author, Alaa Al-Aswany, that he
would be sued, and that the author “would demand royalties and donate the money
Baskin knew he would lose. Based on this interaction, he went
ahead and thus is admitting that the money he will have to pay will go to a
An intelligent and liberal person, Baskin found a
way to legally send money to, and support, Hamas.AHARON GOLDBERG
Haglilit Resistance hero
Sir, – I am compiling a documentary on
Capt. Alec Rabinovitch, particularly his life as a wireless operator
during World War II with the SOE F section in occupied France, and his
subsequent execution in the Gross-Rosen concentration camp along with 18
comrades in September 1944.
While I have amassed much information
regarding Rabinovitch’s war record, I am sadly lacking information on his
pre-war life and family. He was born in Moscow on May 27, 1918, and attended the
Herzliya Gymnasia in Tel Aviv, where he was a classmate and friend of the late
Professor Joe Moyal.
He had a sister. I do not yet know her
Rabinovitch’s life was short and I have no doubt he faced death as
bravely as he lived life. He was a Jew under the British Mandate, and had he
lived he would have been an esteemed son of Israel.
I have been working
on this project since early 2009 and ask that anyone with information contact me
at [email protected]
or at 1- 604-255-4950.ROSY FRIER-DRYDEN