Sir, – While diplomats may have diplomatic immunity, this
surely does not include ignoring the laws of the countries they are accredited
to (“EU angry at Israel for ‘mistreating’ its diplomats in West Bank on Friday,”
We have a well-developed Western style system of justice,
and just as the European Union and other countries expect Israel to follow
judgments to remove Jewish citizens from some outposts, we expect that the EU
and all the other countries support us when the decision relates to non-Jewish
I am sure that by now most of us have seen the video in which
the so-called French diplomat hits the Israeli soldier in the face.
she dare do this to a policeman in Britain or in any other EU country? I wonder
what Catherine Ashton would then have to say.
Why was this woman, as well
as the other participating diplomatic provocateurs, not immediately declared
persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave the country? Sadly, since the late
prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, we have had no leaders with enough backbone to
stand up to those who claim to be friends but show this in a very odd
Jerusalem Celebrating Succot
Sir, – While reading
“Succot celebrations in the Jewish state” (Borderline Views, September 24), I
was reminded that our family came on aliya during Succot more than 50 years ago.
David Newman is amazed that because it is a week-long holiday, non-religious
people go away instead of sitting in a succa and enjoying the Jewish feeling of
the festival. As a normal state, it is bound to be a mixture of religious and
However, coming from the United Kingdom we were not
used to celebrating Succot outside because of the weather. Therefore, being keen
Zionists and in spite of giving up a comfortable home and a good job, we brought
three small children under the age of five here in order for them to start
school in kita alef (first grade) and feel like those who were born
After the flight and the taxi from Ben-Gurion Airport we arrived at
a family ulpan in Netanya and everyone was sitting outside under colored lights.
I thought we had come to a nightclub by mistake.
Someone said, “This is
Succot in Israel!” A lady from London popped her head through the window of the
taxi and offered us a cup of tea.
That was my introduction to
Herzliya Pituah Equal rights
Sir, – When will
Israel finally take into account the lack of equal rights for its Jewish
population? Reporter Ben Hartman (“Hatikva residents feel abandoned by state,
court ruling,” September 18) wrote about the anger and disappointment felt by
residents of south Tel Aviv following the Supreme Court decision to cancel the
It is no secret that these residents live in fear,
with good reason, due to the infiltration of their neighborhoods.
claiming to be doing what’s morally right by treating foreigners with respect,
the legislators are perpetuating a gradual and profound deterioration in the
quality of life of Israeli citizens by putting their needs second to those of
It shouldn’t be considered racist to call a spade a
spade by acknowledging the serious rise in crime – including rape and murder –
in south Tel Aviv due to the infiltration. Many fear to leave their
Let’s try to be humane while respecting the lives of our own
people and focusing on their safety first and foremost.LINDA BECK
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