Sir, – Regarding “Philatelic magazine: British nixed image of
J’lem, leading to cancellation of Israel-Gibraltar stamp” (February 20), let me
point out that Gibraltar is not an island, as stated in the article.
importantly, I have written to Sir Adrian Johns, governor of Gibraltar, setting
out my views on the scandalous interference by the British government in
Gibraltar’s affairs, and its policies on “occupied territory” generally and
I have crossed swords with these authorities in
the past. If they do answer, I can predict it will be the same repetitive
arguments best advanced by a drunken parrot!
LEVI J. ATTIAS
Gibraltar Enlightening us
Sir, – It would be interesting to know the source from which
your reader gets his facts in making the accusation that compact fluorescent
lights (CFLs) involve a hoax (“Dangerous hype,” Letters, February
The quantity of light emitted by a light source is measured in
lumens, but the pertinent factor here is lumens per watt, not lumens and not
watts. CFLs require only one-fifth to one-third the power of an incandescent
lamp to provide the same quantity of light.
Talk of a “hoax” derives from
the practice of most manufacturers to exaggerate the virtues of their product.
When replacing a light bulb, one should take care to put in a bulb that gives
the needed quantity of light, irrespective of the manufacturer’s claims on the
box.GERRY MYERS MIET
Sir, – With all the environmental issues
of battery disposal, what about low energy CFL light bulbs? Nowhere are the
dangers of inhaling mercury when a bulb breaks, or the required safety cleanup
method to protect consumer health, published or even printed as warnings on the
And what about disposal? Nowhere in Israel is there any
preparation to dispose of mercury- based bulbs; instead, consumers simply throw
them into the trash. Then, when the mercury from hundreds of thousands of these
bulbs seeps into our aquifers, we will all be poisoned.
Why has this
issue been completely ignored by environmental agencies and the media? Even
environmentalist groups are ignoring a potentially catastrophic situation to
push this dangerous technology. What is going on? ERROL BRODIE
Hod Hasharon What
makes a Jew
Sir, – In “Shake-up needed” (Letters, February 20), a reader,
alluding to matters of conversion, writes: “Our harsh, intransigent and
compassion-free Chief Rabbinate turns a blind eye and deaf ear to all views
other than its own, which is so detrimental to our society, especially when
Israel so desperately needs Jews – whatever their makeup.”
of a Jew is in fact very important and central to whether or not this land is
the Jewish one to which we prayed to return for 3,000 years.
It might be
that the rabbinate can ease the conversion process in some cases, but not when
it is made aware that the reason for conversion is one of convenience, with no
intent to live the life that makes us who and what we are, the people chosen by
God to receive the commandments we accepted in one voice.
Just as we have
no justification to give up our land, we have no justification to give up the
laws we accepted.EDITH OGNALL
Netanya Lamentable regression
Sir, – Under
the guise of advocating for recovery, Daniel Friedmann (“On the road to recovery
from Israel’s legal revolution,” Comment & Features, February 20) promotes a
Israel’s courts, led by the Supreme Court, have
provided an essential service in ensuring that government is held accountable.
The authority of the courts is a necessary check on the exercise of power by the
other branches of government.
Friedmann appears to take exception with
the very ideas that public servants constantly seek legal advice or that
citizens have free access to the courts.
These are badges of honor, not
In the words of John Adams, second president of the United
States, we must seek to establish “a government of laws and not of men.” If this
be an illness, may Israel never recover.MICHAEL PARTEM
writer is vice chairman of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel Racist
Sir, – Jeff Barak (“Talkbacks and racism,” Reality Check, February
20) needs to be reminded that we are still at war with the Palestinian Arabs in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and with Arab Israelis, most of whom see themselves as
Palestinians or at minimum sympathize with them.
If Yara Mashour were to
put as much energy into reassuring Israeli Jews that her and her people’s
loyalty to Israel was beyond question as she does into lodging her complaints,
it would create a climate for more inclusiveness and less
Sir, – As long as Arab
atrocities occur, such as that perpetrated against the Fogel family in Itamar,
there will always be a need to search and investigate Arabs at all sensitive
areas, such as airports.
This is plain common sense and has nothing
whatsoever to do with the treatment of Arabs as so-called second-class citizens,
which is what Jeff Barak is trying to purport.
When acts of terror come
to an end, so will these extra precautions.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – I was absolutely shocked reading the talkbacks on your website
pertaining to the bus accident that claimed the lives of so many children.
Sadly, I am not shocked by the stupidity and cruelty of your readers, but by the
fact that you let their comments appear. This article did not call for
The fact that you did not block these horrible comments is, to
me, absolutely outrageous – for a very simple reason called humanity.
went against your own policy: “Our aim is to provide the worldwide readership of
The Jerusalem Post
with a platform for lively but good-tempered
debate. We do not tolerate abusive language, and such talkbacks will be
This was not journalism. This was a disgrace.Name
Sir, – I have recently considered a proposal similar to
that of Gideon Biger (“Resolving Israel’s territorial dispute with the PA,”
Comment & Features, February 20): Palestine can be created as a land-locked
enclave completely within territorial Israel, similar to present-day
Admittedly, this proposal favors Israel’s positions in that it
would retain control of the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. But the Palestinians
could have an international airport, like Lesotho does. And just as Biger
suggests a crossing for Palestinians through the Negev, they could cross through
the Jordan Valley to reach Jordan.
In a way, this situation already
This plan could lead to at least an interim agreement allowing
the Palestinians to declare independence.ADAM SLOTNICK
Sir, – To suggest that our dispute with our neighbors can be solved in
the manner used in post-war Europe, as proposed in “Resolving Israel’s
territorial dispute with the PA,” seems naïve, to say the least.
difference is that those we have to negotiate with are, in the main, our sworn
Until that problem is solved there is clearly no hope for a
peaceful solution.M. VEEDER