Quite the stain
Sir, – Regarding “Katsav may have had sex with ‘Aleph,’ say his
attorneys” (August 8), who was it who said: We all know politicians are wedded
to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart?
dirty laundry finally coming clean in the wash? DANIEL ABELMAN
Sir, – I am an admirer of Stewart Weiss and his columns, but
I felt his horrendous scenario (“A world without Israel,” Comment &
Features, August 8) to be inappropriate, especially on the eve of Tisha Be’av.
What should be the role of God in this depiction of utter gloom? Despite the
profound sorrow we express, there is always an element of hope and ultimate
redemption. More fitting for a day of anguish would be the prediction of the
prophet Zechariah (8:19) that Tisha Be’av will one day become a time of
Sir, – We are still fighting for our
right to live peacefully. Don’t you think writing about achievements, hoping for
a happy future for our children and grandchildren, being a strong people would
have made much better reading than ashes and gloom, even at Tisha Be’av? We
desperately want to smile and not to cry! A.R. KATZ
Sir, – “A world
without Israel?” makes me shudder in horror.
However, very sadly, Stewart
Weiss’s projection is not so unrealistic as one would hope.
Are we not
already denied many of our rights in our own land by our government? Are we not
already condemned by gentiles merely for trying to retaliate in self-defense?
Are we not already in a situation whereby we must ask permission from US
President Obama to build homes for Jews in the Land of Israel? We have to
believe that another Holocaust is possible and even probable given the hostility
of the world, especially those calling themselves “friends,” and because of
leadership that lacks faith and courage in our just cause to keep this land for
the Jewish people.EDITH OGNALL
Sir, – On the eve of the day we
Jews remember that we lost our precious Temple because of disunity and hatred of
fellow Jews, Stewart Weiss felt it appropriate to make an ugly comment about the
Is he so blinded by hatred of the Left? Is his antipathy
of these fellow Jews so virulent that even just before Tisha Be’av, he is
incapable of controlling himself? GARY SMITH Jerusalem Primitive concept Sir, –
Having just observed Tisha Be’av, the time has come to discard the widely
accepted mantra that because of sinat hinam
(Jewish hostility to fellow Jews),
the Temples were destroyed and the Jews were sent into exile.
It is true
that in Roman times the Jews were divided into warring sects, which made it
easier for the Romans to destroy Judea.
But the fact remains that at the
time, Rome was the most powerful nation in the world, whose armies conquered
every other nation, regardless of its size and strength.
Even if all the
Judeans had been united in their defense of their homeland, Rome, which was
irritated by a small, troublesome country that rejected its gods, culture and
way of life, would have destroyed the Jewish homeland and scattered its people,
many of them as slaves, throughout the known world.
It’s time for us to
stop beating our breasts and discard the primitive concept that we were
responsible for our own destruction! We should be mature enough today to lay
this absurdity to rest.ELIEZER WHARTMAN
Jerusalem Shocking, I say
If the Electric Company raises our rates by 12 percent (“Treasury cuts
electricity hike to 12%,” Business in Brief, August 8), do its workers –
supposedly the highest paid of utility employees – still receive free
electricity? Where is the social justice in that? Perhaps they should start
paying for their electricity usage.AVRAHAM SCHWARTZ
Jerusalem Look who’s
Sir, – Silvan Shalom’s “An opportunity for real change” (Comment &
Features, August 7) is, to say the least, a bit of chutzpah.
the last decade and more in high governmental positions, he bears with his
colleagues the responsibility of the current protests.
are taken, the only true, real and effective change would be to reform the
present electoral system – oft promised but never undertaken – from 100 percent
proportional to just 50%, the balance being based on regional representation,
which might reduce the presence of smaller parties and could also make for
Failing to do so will produce the same results in future
Jerusalem Paying the price
Sir, – Perhaps Monty
Zion and Diana Barshaw-Rich (“Here’s to health!,” Letters, August 5) can tell me
what I am doing wrong.
Having made aliya five years ago and regrettably
having been forced to avail ourselves of the country’s healthcare facilities, my
wife and I can honestly say that they do not compare so favorably with those in
Furthermore, despite being pensioners, we have to make National
Insurance Institute payments every month, pay most of the cost of prescription
medications, a fee (Form 17) for every referral to anyone other than our family
doctor, plus a monthly subscription to a health plan.
As pensioners in
England, all of these items were completely free, including exemption from
National Insurance payments.
Please don’t think I am knocking the health
system, but I feel it is a gross misrepresentation to say that it is “as good as
or better than that in any other country” or “the best and most equitable in the
world.” I accept its shortcomings as a price one has to pay to live in one’s own
Afula No rubber stamp
Sir, – I was very disturbed
when I read “Claims Conference: A failure of leadership” (Candidly Speaking,
Actually, though, I was not surprised, as two years ago, at
its annual meeting, I saw the Claims Conference board in action – or, better
expressed, inaction. I was at the time a board member. I later exchanged letters
with the chairman and other leaders.
I became aware of those who led as
if the Claims Conference is a private club and not an organization providing
assistance to the last survivors of the Holocaust who live in dire poverty. It
should be managed in the best way possible, and not behave as if all is
I decided to resign from the board and wrote: “I am too experienced
and old to be a rubber stamp for the automatic majority the Chairman of the
Claims Conference Board and its management have and use in their
Sir, – Generations of the Shoah
International (GSI), the world’s largest Holocaust survivor family organization,
applauds The Jerusalem Post for taking a global leadership role in pursuing the
investigation into the Claims Conference.
For Holocaust survivors and
their families who have felt disenfranchised for decades, columnist Isi Leibler
has become a clear advocate calling for transparency, accountability and
integrity in a scandal-ridden organization.
has shown its
commitment to the Jewish community by reporting this ongoing story and speaking
truth to power.ESTHER TOPOREK FINDER
Henderson, Nevada The writer is
president, Generations of the Shoah