Who was negligent?
Sir, – Okay, so I am not a lawyer and don’t speak legal
lingo, but how does negligence play a role in the death of Lance Wolf (“Court
convicts Jerusalem teens of death by negligence for 2010 wooden plank attack,”
February 23)? Perhaps it is the parents’ negligence that allowed a 14- and
15-year-old to drink a bottle of vodka. Maybe it’s Wolf’s negligence for being
in the wrong place at the wrong time. But if two youths walk toward a man
carrying wooden planks, deliberately confront him and bang him over the head,
how is that negligence? It looks to me like a case of intent to cause bodily
harm, which in this case resulted in a man’s death.
If the sentence for
adults who commit such a crime is three years in prison, we are all in trouble.
I hope that these minors go into detention long enough for them to first
understand the gravity of their crime, and then remain there long enough to
learn how to behave like decent human beings.
By the way, the personal
details of Wolf’s life are totally irrelevant to this story. Even dead people
should be entitled to privacy.LINDA WOLFF
Sha’arei Tikva More than yucky
Sir, – The photo of the “Taglit- Birthright Culinary Group (“Marching on its
stomach,” February 23), with that much chicken mounded and then being handled
without gloves, hats, hair nets or aprons at an unknown temperature, is a little
disconcerting, to put it mildly.
One hopes that after this “culinary”
moment, hands were washed before moving to another task. The risk of
cross-contamination and possible salmonella is quite evident.
soldiers deserve the best food prepared in the best of conditions. I couldn’t
tell by the look on the face of the young woman in the middle whether she was
talking on her cellphone or was a little put off by the experience.
hope that further Taglit events of this type are handled with more attention to
food hygiene.MICHAEL PATCHEN
Tiberias The writer is a retired chef Not
Sir, – Dore Gold hits the nail on the head (“Hatred: Coming soon to a
campus near you,” Comment & Features, February 23).
completed a couple of training sessions for groups going overseas, participants
appeared to be ill-equipped to deal with the type of hostile questions likely to
be posed to them. With an IDF group there seemed to be no idea how to respond to
the question, “How do you sleep at night knowing the next morning you will be
killing Palestinian children?” In the case of high school students who receive
some training prior to exchange visits, the level is very superficial. The
Ministry of Education needs to wake up.
Gold says that “typically, those
hurling these charges against Israel hope their audiences are ignorant of the
facts.” Let’s be clear: For some people, even the presentation of facts does not
result in a change of mind. At best, one may get the answer: “We will have to
agree to disagree.”STUART PALMER
Haifa The writer is chairman of the
Coalition of Advocacy Volunteers Universally healing
Sir, – Referring to Judy
Montagu’s sensitive article about sitting shiva (“Mourners of Zion,” In My Own
Write, February 22), it really is a very healing process.
Many years ago
I was sitting shiva for a parent in England and we had a good friend, a
Christian lay preacher, who came to visit. He stood there and gave a short
speech, saying what a wonderful idea the shiva was. He said in his experience,
non-Jews crossed the street when they encountered bereaved acquaintances as they
were too embarrassed to say anything.
He wished that shiva would be
instituted in his Church, as it was such a comfort for the remaining members of
the family. It was a truly heartfelt thought.JUDY PRAGER
Sir, – No matter the person, as Judy Montagu writes so eloquently, shiva is a
difficult time and there is no “proper” behavior as to how to relate to the
The lead is taken from the mourner(s), and the visitor who
enters, uncertain as to what his or her behavior should be, has to gauge the
Montagu’s column should be required reading for all
who must sit shiva or visit a mourner.SHLOMO LOSHINSKY
Frame of reference
Sir, – Regarding “Barak: We’ll do what we need to do”
(February 21), one thing we learned from Saddam Hussein is that sanctions that
are much tougher than those currently being proposed for Iran are unlikely to
Sanctions are predicated on the assumption that leaders will
make rational decisions based on economic calculations. Similar to Saddam,
Iran’s leaders have little incentive to cooperate because sanctions have limited
impact on their internal authority or personal living conditions. They may feel
that acceding to external demands would be a sign of weakness and hasten their
downfall. They may rightly assume that once they have nuclear weapons, Iran’s
position as a regional power will be strengthened and the world will be forced
to lift the sanctions.
Combining all this with their radical religious
beliefs, Iran’s leaders are acting rationally – within their own non-Western
frame of reference.
The choice is not between maintaining the status quo
or dealing with the aftermath of a military strike. The choice is between
stopping Iran now, even if it requires military action, or facing a
nuclear-armed Iran later on.
A more robust sanctions regime now would
have a very limited chance of success. If concerted action is delayed much
longer, it could well be too late for Israel and the world.EFRAIM A.
Zichron Ya’acov The writer, a former US diplomat, was directly involved in
enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq No wonder
Gershon Baskin (“Q&A affecting
the future of the Middle East,” Encountering Peace, February 21) has once again
presented the warm, glowing, positive Palestinian attitude to a negotiated
settlement with Israel.
Baskin does not explain why Abbas walked out on
then-prime minister Ehud Olmert after being offered everything he asked
Nor does he explain Abbas’s refusal to recognize a homeland for the
Jewish people. In addition, he is not troubled when Abbas sits down for a
photo-op with someone convicted of murder, and omits any mention of rocket fire
Is it any wonder that the vast majority of Israelis remain
unimpressed by Baskin’s arguments for a real peace with the Palestinians?
Petah Tikva Good idea
Sir, – I would like to express my
support and thanks to MK Rachel Adatto for initiating legislation to allow for
the involuntary hospitalization of patients suffering from anorexia
(“Ministerial panel okays bill for forced hospitalization of anorexia victims,”
Many men and women suffering from eating disorders do not
recognize the grave danger they are in, or are in denial and therefore do not
seek help. Many have died as a result. While effective treatment requires the
patient’s motivation, many are cognitively compromised such that rational
decision making is impossible.
As a graduate-level counseling student,
author, speaker and consultant in the field, I strongly believe that initial
life-saving steps must be taken with or without patient consent. I commend
everyone involved for approving this important bill.NAOMI FEIGENBAUM
Boca Raton, Florida