July 3: The right thing

We don’t need to discuss here the morality of Max Brod’s not destroying Kafka’s manuscripts, as per the writer’s dying wish; right now, what to do with them is them.

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July 2, 2015 22:25
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The right thing

I took a trip to Prague a couple of years ago and learned that Franz Kafka was one of the city’s most notable figures, and also was the Czech Republic’s pride and joy. So your article “Franz Kafka’s manuscripts belong in National Library, Tel Aviv court says” (July 1) caught my attention.

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We don’t need to discuss here the morality of Max Brod’s not destroying Kafka’s manuscripts, as per the writer’s dying wish. Right now, what to do with them is the question.

The legal history leads to the need to donate them to a public institution. So why do we draw the conclusion that these precious manuscripts should remain in Israel, to be housed at our National Library? Just because Kafka was Jewish? Just because his friend brought them here, against Kafka’s wishes? The only correct and moral thing to do with these manuscripts is to restore them to the Czech Republic, to the city of Prague, where they rightfully belong. Let the Czechs install them in their own national library in tribute to their native son.

We have a strong and friendly relationship with the Czech people, and the Czech Republic is one of the few countries in Europe today where, I’d venture to say, there is little to no outward anti-Semitism. It also often takes the right moral stand in supporting Israel in international bodies.

Let’s do this one, easy thing to return the favor – let alone do what is right – for these manuscripts were taken away from the people of Prague without their knowledge so many years ago.

An appropriate public ceremony, in which President Reuven Rivlin returns them by handing them over to the Czech ambassador to Israel, would surely cement our friendship and ties with this lovely country in the heart of Europe. And what wonderful press this would make in the Czech Republic, showing Israel in such a positive light.

I hope that someone in a position of authority reads this and is able to persuade the Tel Aviv District Court judges to reconsider their final decision.

MARCIA KATZ
Ma’aleh Adumim

Lack of coverage

I am a big fan of The Jerusalem Post. However, your lack of coverage (or minimal, at best) regarding the many internal terror acts and murders of Jews and Israelis is quite apparent.

Please do not go the way of your too-liberal news brethren in Israel who seem to cheapen the loss of lives in Judea and Samaria.

Those outlets ultimately have no credibility with the Jewish readership and are indeed quite sad.

Let the Post return to its honored position among those reporting from Israel.

STEVEN FISHBEIN
Sacramento, California

News service

It is incredible that in our present circumstances, the government has not seen fit to create an international English news service to present the Israeli side of our ongoing battle against terrorism and general anti-Israel activities. We have long realized that we cannot rely on the foreign press to honestly present our case.

The barbaric beheadings by Islamic State and other Islamic groups are too soon forgotten, and Israel is dragged to international criminal courts because of unproven “massacres” of Palestinian children.

With our own news channel, we could work against the “big lie” method so successfully used by our enemies. True, there are many volunteers and groups trying to stem the “anti” flood, but TV can reach millions of viewers and listeners more quickly and more efficiently.

I’m sure there are capable and experienced people in the country who can be found to maintain such a project.

ESTHER RAFAELI
Jerusalem


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