November 6: The Abbas statement
The flurry of excitement over Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s recent interview on Channel 2 evokes a weary feeling of déjà vu.
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The Abbas statement
Sir, – The flurry of excitement over Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas’s recent interview on Channel 2 (“Peace divide,”
Editorial November 5) evokes a weary feeling of déjà vu.
I recall the
hysteria stirred up by the Guardian regarding the so-called “Palestine Papers”
incident in January 2011. Notorious for its anti-Israel stance, the newspaper
went to town castigating the Palestinian leadership as weak and craven for
surrendering “land which the Palestinians have lived on for
Now Abbas has acknowledged, in English and on Israeli TV –
both important qualifications – that the “right of return” is an impractical
concept in any twostate solution, only to see the headline in the Guardian:
“Mahmoud Abbas outrages Palestinian refugees by waiving his right of
Sir, – What will Mahmoud Abbas say
in Arabic when we sign a “peace agreement?” What will Hamas and Islamic Jihad
do? Fall in line? I doubt it.
Land for water
Sir, – The article “Holy Sepulchre in row over unpaid NIS 9m. municipal
water bill” (November 4) got me thinking.
I would love to stop paying my
water, electric and other bills. I just don’t think I would get free water or
anything else for very long. The fact that the Jerusalem Municipality let this
problem go on for years is a shame.
Now the Greek Orthodox Church is
threatening the Israeli government with closing this major Christian tourist
site because it doesn’t want to pay.
Since the patriarchate owns so much
property around Jerusalem, and because we need land for homes, hotels, etc.,
let’s just take what it owes in land instead of money.
Right on Poland
Sir, – Bravo for an excellent article by Greer
Fay Cashman (“A bittersweet return to Poland,” Travel Trends, November
Newspaper articles about Poland are too often negative.
article was especially well balanced and objective. It also touched my sense of
I feel grateful to a land that was a haven of refuge to my
Jewish people for most of a thousand years, when persecution roared against us
in many other countries of Europe. Having personally made more than a dozen
visits to my birthplace and other communities in Poland, I agree with Cashman’s
portrayal of today’s Poles as being friendly to Israel and desirous of learning
more about Jewish culture.
The Jerusalem Post is a news channel of truth,
and Cashman is doing a commendable service to promote the good relationship
between Israel and Poland. Keep up the good work.
Let us join in
Sir, – I agree with Liat Collins (“Frighteningly small
world,” Comment & Features, November 4) that we need to help each other to
face natural disasters.
But to use her word, it is “surreal” to me that
my country, the Republic of China (Taiwan), is neither a member nor an observer
of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), whose
18th session is to be held later this month in Doha.
There are now 195
parties to the convention. It’s unfair to the 23 million people in Taiwan that
the Republic of China is not. It is also a loophole in the global efforts to
reduce carbon emissions.
Undaunted, Taiwan has voluntarily pledged to the
UNFCCC that it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent below
the business-as-usual (BAU) level by 2020.
Carbon emissions are not an
abstract concept in Taiwan. President Ying-Jeou Ma declared in May that
developing an environment characterized by low carbon emissions and high
reliance on green energy is one of the five pillars of the country’s long-term
Taiwan has the will, expertise and resources in
developing green energy. We would like to join hands with the 195 parties in
environmental protection and technological cooperation.
The writer is representative at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Sir, – Many thanks for the excellent article you published on
November 2 regarding the Israeli Fund for UNICEF (“Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes named
UNICEF Israel chairwoman”).
We strongly believe that Shalom Nir-Mozes
will advance our vision to guarantee all children education, health, equality
and the right to be heard out of the belief that Israel must be a strong partner
with nations of the world in the humanitarian community.
We aim to make
UNICEF a household name and touch the heart of every Israeli. Shalom Nir-
Mozes’s leadership position in Israeli society will certainly enhance the
advancing of our mission.
It is important to clarify, however, that we
are an Israeli NGO that works together with UNICEF’s headquarters in New York
and Geneva, but maintains its independence. Our mission is to make the State of
Israel part of the international circle of industrialized nations that are
partners in UNICEF’s mission to save children’s lives.
Nir-Mozes’s strong voice we are confident we will reach our goals on behalf of
all children in need.
The writer is deputy director
of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF
Sir, – Having lived more than 50
years in South Africa, I am amazed when South African politicians claim that
Israel is an apartheid state (“South African ruling party conference supports
Israel boycott,” November 1).
The former deputy president Baleka Mbete
even accused Israel of being worse than apartheid South Africa. Were she to
spend only a few days in Israel, she would see that there is absolutely no
resemblance to any aspects of apartheid and that Israel is a wonderful example
of a democratic state.
When one reads in the same article that a German
delegate at the international conference said that Israel cannot be compared to
the apartheid regime, one realizes that the official South African attitude is
one of blatant prejudice aggravated by the frequent pronouncements of
Desmond Tutu, who himself actively fought apartheid in the
Frankly, as one who always opposed apartheid, I feel disgust at the
attitudes of current South African leaders.
MONTY M. ZION
Support groups needed
Sir, – With regard to “Four myths about doctor-assisted
suicide” (Comment & Features, November 1), the best way to deal with
depression over terminal illness is to join the right kind of support group or
create your own.
Gaman (http://www.gamani.co.il) is a closed Facebook
group with over 600 members, young women in Israel with breast
Some are survivors, some are in treatment and some are
These women have chosen life and optimism. They share personal
experiences and advice.
They listen, question, debate, laugh and,
Gamani has social gatherings, lectures, fun days,
workshops and trips. On October 26, members, families and friends met at the Tel
Aviv port for a huge flashmob dance to raise awareness of the need for early
detection and call all breast cancer patients to join the group.
an answer for women in Israel with breast cancer. But what of others? We need
more groups like Gamani.
article “Remembering Isaac Ochberg, father of orphans” (Arts &
Entertainment, November 5) was written by Lionel Slier, and not as noted.