Unity after terror
Sir, – The terror attacks being directed against Israeli
targets abroad (“J’lem blames Iran Hezbollah for bomb attacks,” February 14)
should come as a warning not only to Israelis but to Jews
Jewish people are really part of an extended family. The
world views us as one, whether we live in Brazil, Ireland, Croatia or the United
States. Iran definitely views us in this way.
We should be very happy to
make Israel stronger because what we do for Israel is what we in the long-run do
for ourselves.THELMA SUSSWEIN
Sir, – All Indians were shocked
by Monday’s attack on Israeli diplomats in New Delhi.
politicians are afraid to come out in support of the people of Israel in their
fight against terrorism by Islamic fundamentalist organizations, the
nationalists in India stand by you since we hold you in high regard and esteem
for your suffering and sacrifices to survive as a nation.
Chennnai, India Not all are railing
Sir, – William Kolbrener (“Light
Rail revolution?,” Comment & Features, February 14) does in fact have
several choices for public transportation in Jerusalem.
Instead of the
Light Rail and a bus, he can take the #14 bus directly from the Central Bus
Station to the Givat Ram campus, a 5-7-minute ride. Or, he can walk, as I did
the other day in the reverse direction, a healthy and less-than-10 minute
But I had a very different Light Rail trip. After a
not-so-pleasant experience at the Central Bus Station to have my Rav Kav card
straightened out – CitiPass goofed royally there – I took the Light Rail down
Jaffa Road. I just missed a train but waited only a few minutes for the next
one, and I found it to be a very pleasant experience.
It was a horror
until it began running and it’s had more than its share of kinks to be ironed
out, but the Light Rail seems now to be up and running quite efficiently. Count
me among those who are optimistic.CHAIM I. WAXMAN
Jerusalemites are slaves to the Mahane Yehuda merchants who need deliveries at
all hours. On Agrippas Street, with one narrow lane in each direction and where
I and others have sat in traffic jams for hours, there is a solution that most
large cities already have: Deliveries can only be made from 7 p.m. until 7
Since we have no other public transportation, I personally suggest
that we block the streets and tracks at peak hours. By causing a monumental
mess, maybe our mayor will stop hiding and do something, especially if he wants
to be reelected.DAVID GEFFEN
Jerusalem Whose prayers?
Sir, – The police
spokesperson stated that the “areas of the Temple Mount and the Kotel Plaza are
used as a place of prayer and religious rituals....”
Likud’s Feiglin from ascending to Temple Mount,” February 13).
time I heard, this “use” was not very symmetrical, with Jews not being allowed
to show any sign of prayer or hold a prayer book. Apparently, the police
spokesperson meant that the Temple Mount is used as a place of prayer and
religious rituals for Muslims only.
It is about time that such a visit is
no longer considered incitement, and that Jews (who, ironically, have
sovereignty) are given equal time and privileges, as is done at the Cave of the
Patriarchs in Hebron.SIMCHA RUDMAN Jerusalem Wurzburg remembers
“Wurzburg ‘brings back’ its Jews” (February 13) almost glossed over a most
important event in the history of that German city: It was a collection point
for the deportation of tens of thousand of Jews to extermination
On June 17, 1943, the last of six transports, involving 2,063
Jews including members of my family, proceeded from Wurzburg. The Jews were
collected in an amusement hall called Platz’schen Garten, and then marched
across town to the Aumuhl-Ladehof railroad station, from where they were loaded
on trains to the east.
Forty-one survived the Shoah.
Thanks to the
meticulous records the Nazis kept, today’s citizens of Wurzburg were able to
identify 850 Jews in this transport. On May 10, 2011, they organized a march in
which thousands of people participated, repeating the trek from the amusement
hall to the railroad station.
Each of the 850 Jews was represented by a
plaque carried by a current resident. The plaques included the names of my
father-in-law and my mother-in law, both of whom were murdered at Auschwitz. The
plaques are now a part of a visiting exhibition.FRED GOTTLIEB Jerusalem
Heart of frustration
Sir, – Reader Jerry Aviram (“No logic,” Letters, February
13) states the obvious – direct election of the prime minister was an abysmal
failure – and is miffed that Prof. Uriel Reichman was mentioned “almost as an
afterthought” in your editorial (“Electoral reform,” February 10).
Committee of Concerned citizens, founded by the late Chaim Herzog in 1978, was
the front-runner for electoral reform. We worked closely with Reichman, who
openly stated that his mission was to write the constitution for Israel. He
needed the reform, which had already been worked on by Gad Ya’akobi and others
years before and was almost identical to the one being proposed today by the
newly-formed Sikui movement headed by Meir Dagan.
Reichman was party to
all that happened from the early ’80s and was close to Binyamin Netanyahu. He
decided he had bigger fish to fry and moved in another direction, and for almost
30 years did nothing. It’s a poor excuse for the letter writer to blame everyone
else and say “our movement faded away.”
If the public outcry of last
summer can be harnessed there’s every good reason we can finally get real
representation and, most of all, accountability from elected representatives –
the lack of which lies at the heart of our society’s frustration.ZELDA
Tel Aviv The writer was a co-founder of the Committee of Concerned
Citizens Faulty default
Sir, – Elliot Jager’s interpretation of the Portrait of
Israeli Jews report as revealing that “Israelis are not fond of the country’s
‘either-or’ school system” is right on the mark (“In God they trust?,” Comment
& Features, February 13).
A friend of mine recently attempted to
register her three-year- old for municipal kindergarten on her city’s
The system refused to accept her choices and she was asked to
come to City Hall and register in person. However, her choices were rejected
Why? Because she had chosen a religious kindergarten as her first
choice and a secular one as her second choice. The system was programmed to
reject this possibility.
She was told in no uncertain terms by the
manager of the municipal education department, “You have to decide! Are you
religious or secular?” No other parameter for choosing a kindergarten was
permitted, even for a three-year-old, for whom proximity to home or a parent’s
place of work might actually be more relevant to the choice.
somebody who tried to beat the system by living in a secular area while sending
my children to a religious school – and then having to deal with the
consequences – I can indeed sympathize.ELLIE MORRIS