Deter the terrorists
Sir, – Regarding “Four killed in spray of bullets on car
near Kiryat Arba on eve of DC summit” (September 1), it’s high time that Israel
incorporates capital punishment for murder committed by terrorists.
is the murder of Jews in Israel (or elsewhere) any different from what the Nazis
did? Is the killing of a Jew today any less hideous than what was done in the
Holocaust? Israel does have a capital punishment law for ex- Nazis. Why are
terrorists any different?
Sir, – With unfortunate growing
counterproductive public pressure against the government, to give in to Hamas’s
demands to release 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Gilad Schalit, yesterday’s
horrendous perpetrators don’t seem to have anything to worry about. When Israeli
security forces find them, all they have to do is raise their hands in order to
make sure they will be back at home in the near future. After being sentenced to
life imprisonment, they can simply wait for their coming release in exchange for
Gilad Schalit, or his unfortunate successor.
If the perpetrators of the
Park Hotel massacre and similar atrocities are to be freed, why should the
terrorists who murdered four Israelis not join the mass exodus of terrorists
from Israeli prisons?
Sir, – In the wake of the
recent terrorist attack on Route 60 which left four Israelis dead, I
left-wing apologists for Arab terror will resurrect the vile phrase
All victims of Arab terror – preand post-Oslo – are victims of
war, not of peace.LEVI J. ATTIAS
Ma’aleh Adumim It’s not deportation
Sir, – Will you please stop the nonsense! Israel is not deporting people
the Philippines, China, Ghana, Sudan, Eritrea and so forth (“Foreign
kids head to school, despite uncertain future,” September 1). The word
All these people have a country, a language, a history, a
culture and tradition.RIVKA ARMONI-EYAL
Ramat Gan Do do-gooders do harm?
Sir, – In petitioning the High Court of Justice against the withdrawal
of MK Haneen Zoabi’s parliamentary privileges (“IDF commandos ‘came to
peaceful activists’ on the Marmara, Zoabi tells UN panel,” September 1),
prominent left-wing politicians claim that such withdrawal would not
freedom of expression for those holding unpopular opinions.
do-gooders should stop to consider how their defense of parliamentarians
main desire is to blacken our name in world opinion causes us harm and
the false claims of our enemies.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Looking for Sadat
Sir, – Our ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, expresses the belief
the same way we established peace with Egypt by negotiation, we can do
through the current talks with the Palestinians (“Naysayers are not
right,” September 1). I respectfully beg to differ.
In the former case,
negotiations were between two sovereign states whose governments had the
to impose on their peoples the peace agreed upon, although it did cost
life. Both leaders saw it in their country’s interest to do so.
with our Palestinian neighbors.
First, they have no undisputed or
Second, their past record, and the current
statements of many of their leaders, indicate that their main aim is to
of Israel, as a Jewish or any other kind of state.
Third, they have been
dragged into these negotiations against their will.EDWIN HOFFENBERG
Haifa Contact lenses and risks
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich states in her comprehensive
article on the risks involved in wearing contact lenses (“Contact lens
are blind to the risks,” August 29) that some lenses are used in
eye. Elsewhere, the article emphasizes that the most important lens
is never to leave them on while sleeping.
I have suffered for years with
nocturnal dry-eye. In addition to the excruciating pain, my condition
enough to bring about a tear in my cornea that became infected. As a
was a guest for a week at the Ophthalmology Ward of Shaare Zedek Medical
No ophthalmologist who has examined my condition has done
anything other than prescribe nightly use of a lubricating ointment – a
treatment that has a number of drawbacks, including not always
keeping the inner eyelid from sticking to the upper corneal layer.
contradiction to the advice never to leave one’s contact lenses in when
sleeping, optometrist Hillie Cohen, manager of Einit Optics in
suggested using moist, zero prescription contact lenses at night as a
separate my inner eyelid from my cornea.
Unlike most of the world, I wear
my contact lenses only at night, every night, and remove them each
has proven to be safe and the only solution that works for me.ARDIE
Efrat Claims against the Claims Conference
Sir, – Regarding Marilyn
Henry’s article “If it ain’t broke, fix it” (Metro views, August 29), no
of whitewashing – by someone who failed to mention that she had been on
payroll of the Claims Conference – can change the basic actuality.
are the facts: The Claims Conference’s board of directors consists of 24
institutions; 22 are not Holocaust survivors’ organizations.
almost defunct, yet they usurped themselves the right to dispose of the
intended for Holocaust victims.
Throughout each year, requests for
emergency funds by destitute Shoah survivors are examined by unpaid,
survivors who are not permitted to grant more than a maximum of $2,500
to any survivor, regardless of hardships.
Yet, there is apparently no
limit to the amounts that are granted to institutions that have barely
to the Holocaust or no justifiable need. Many are pet projects of a
organization. One recent example: an organization which had been able to
$4.5 million on its own received more than $50,000 from the Claims
The recent leadership acts mostly like a handsomely rewarded
The former executive vice-president received an
annual compensation of close to $500,000.
Without consulting any survivor
groups, hundreds of millions have been granted over the years to
nursing homes and other institutions, because they occasionally service
survivors (for payment).
That’s like subsidizing the railway because
survivors sometimes take the subway.
Ms. Henry ought to advise the CC
board members to stop all allocations to their pet projects, to let
decide whether institutions ought to get any allocations at this point
when there is such a huge level of destitution among elderly survivors,
ask most of these institutions to return these undeserved funds that
belong only to survivors.LEO RECHTER
President, National Association of
Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors Flushing, NY