Sir, – Regarding “Haredi extremists in Beit Shemesh smash bus
windows, throw stones” (August 1), last Thursday, our 19-year-old daughter
finished her year of National Service in Pardes Katz. It was the last time she
had to ride the 497 bus to and from Bnei Brak.
Without fail, every ride
for the entire year meant enduring verbal harassment from haredi men and
sometimes women for her refusal to sit at the back of the bus.
drivers varied in their response. Some demanded that the perpetrators stop or
leave the bus, while others ignored the problem. On one occasion she filed a
complaint with the police.
Make no mistake: Harassment against women on
public buses in Beit Shemesh is a daily occurrence, and a problem that we are
suffering alone.BATYA COHEN
Beit Shemesh Out of control
Sir, – “Link
revealed between Bank of China and American tycoon Sheldon Adelson” (August 1)
by Ben Caspit is close to yellow journalism. The hatred Caspit has for Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is out of control.
Sheldon Adelson can take
care of himself, and the insinuation that our prime minister is protecting him
is absurd. The entire situation has more to do with business that Israel wants
to do with China than it does with Adelson.
This charge is masking the
real tragedy of the family involved in the drama.JILL SINIGAGLIA
Sir, – Regarding “Electoral reforms bill passes hurdle” (August
1), I have a suggestion for the electoral threshold that takes a page straight
from American policy.
The US House Of Representatives has 435 members.
They are apportioned among states by population, but every state is guaranteed
at least one member, even those whose population is less than 1/435 of the total
(as was the case for three states in the last census in 2010).
consider leaving the Knesset threshold at 2 percent but limiting the number of
Knesset members to no more than one or two unless a threshold of 4% is reached?
This would avoid shutting out small voices completely, but still reduce the
chances that a lot of smaller parties deadlock the body. It would also encourage
the formation of larger and broader political groupings.ROBERT KANTOWITZ
Lawrence, New York Lawyer joke
Sir, – Congratulations to the Post for finally
including a humor section. It was hilarious to read about attorney Dola Indidis
(“Kenyan lawyer takes Israel to Hague over Jesus’s death,” August
Aside from the fact that Israel didn’t exist at the time, Indidis’s
actions also ignore the fact that the International Court of Justice doesn’t
have jurisdiction or even care about such facts.
It would be interesting
to know who this lawyer’s clients are – the Roman Legion? The Emperor? King
Herod? And how will he be paid? In ancient Roman coins? URI HIRSCH
Sir, – I commend The Jerusalem Post for drawing
attention to Tzipi Livni’s statement on the renewed peace negotiations: “History
is not made by cynics. It is made by realists who are not afraid to dream. And
let us be these people” (“Kerry: Talks aim to reach final-status agreement in 9
months,” July 31).
But Livni also warned: “In these negotiations, it’s
not our intention to argue about the past but to create solutions and make
decisions for the future.”
Not since Golda Meir published her
autobiography My Life has another Israeli woman laid out a more compelling
argument for a better future for Israeli children. Under Meir, Israel did so
much to help my native Uganda to set the foundation for development soon after
I urge Israelis and all people of good will around the
world to be realists, not cynics, and to support Livni and the chance to turn
the dream about peace with the Palestinians into reality.SAM AKAKI
London ...a matter of luck
Sir, – Here’s an idea to make the “piece”
negotiations more palatable to us.
Let Mifal Hapays start a
Participants would stake NIS 20 and guess the number of days it
takes for the Palestinians, having had their prisoners released, to decide to
bolt the circus. The winner or winners would be those who guess the correct or
This should give at least some people light relief in an
otherwise grim and pointless effort.JOE FRANKL
Savyon Trust? Seriously?
Sir, – The tortured centrism of Gil Troy (“When negotiating, trust but verify,”
Center Field, July 31) is increasingly pathetic.
Despite all the previous
failed negotiations with the Palestinians, buttressed by the blood of Jewish
terror victims, Troy still protests that he “genuinely” wants “serious
negotiations to start” and "desperately” wants Palestinians to “control their
own national destiny.”
Trust? Is he serious? When will our doleful
centrists realize that our enemies have not permitted us to come close to the
threshold of trust? We haven’t yet even reached the stage suggested by the
talmudic principle guiding negotiations: kabdehu v’hashdehu (honor your
interlocutor but be suspicious).
Let our enemies begin by honoring our
national Jewish rights to self-determination in the Land of Israel. Then we’ll
negotiate with varying degrees of trust and suspicion, verifying every promise
Until then, let’s be honest with ourselves: The US is
pressuring us in ways that we ordinary Israelis are not privy to. Our
government, we pray, knows what it is doing. All agonizing prognostications on
our part are sad and just plain sour.AVRAHAM FEDER
Sir, – Concerning “A celebratory send-off” (July 31), why did the 19th
Maccabiah Games have so little publicity in general, especially on TV and in my
favorite morning newspaper, The Jerusalem Post? By the way, enough is enough
about the royal baby. Let’s read more about our own accomplishments.OLGA
Holon Who can, who can’t
Sir, – In “Hypnotherapy:From charlatans and
performers to medical care” (Health, July 28), Dr. Shaul Livnay is quoted as
saying: “Untrained people have been sued for harming patients.” I trust that
astute readers are able to recognize the many benefits of modern medical
practice and still be aware that very well trained and educated medical
professionals are sued for harming patients every day! Livnay is also quoted as
saying: “There was a famous case a few years ago of a Florida high school
principal who tried to help pupils suffering from test anxiety, and a suicide
was the result.” That statement is complete rubbish! There was/is absolutely no
evidence that the hypnosis used by the principal to reduce test anxiety resulted
in a suicide! Tens of thousands of Israelis who could be helped to feel better,
heal faster and generally be more effective will not be, because outdated
Israeli law prevents the practice of hypnosis by qualified practitioners that
are not also medical doctors or psychologists. Instead, they will be forced to
visit one of the perceived experts and risk being told that they can’t be
hypnotized because they are poor subjects.MICHAEL ELLNER
Florida The writer is an expert on hypnotic pain relief
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