Claims Conference should reorganize
Sir, – Quite separately from the concerns
expressed by Isi Leibler (“Scandal at the Claims Conference,” Candidly speaking,
July 13), everyone should recognize that the Conference is a fundamentally
It has two main functions. The first is to help Jews
reclaim assets that were stolen from them or their forebears, and the second is
to use heirless recovered assets for distribution to survivors in
Unfortunately, the same people are responsible for both functions,
even though they should be separate.
In the case of my own family, the
Conference has refused to hand over all the proceeds from our claim,
notwithstanding the documents we provided. It was more concerned with
funds for distribution than with helping families in their legitimate
providing a full accounting.
Unfortunately, there is no independent
appeals procedure.RONNIE STEKEL
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Readers reply to Tibi
MK Ahmad Tibi’s op-ed (“What about Palestinian residents of Israel?,”
a confabulation of innuendo, manipulated mendacity and very poor
to say the least, disingenuous.
While totally dismissing context, the
honorable MK recounts his removal from the Knesset podium by “armed
(side-arms are part and parcel of the Knesset Guard’s uniform). He makes
reference to an unnamed colleague who was “very nearly physically
attacked by a
fellow Knesset member,” apparently referring to MK Haneen Zoabi – she
common cause with the mercenary thugs aboard the Mavi Marmara and then
the Knesset podium to indignantly defend her allegiance to the
Gaza. Seditious behavior such as hers can hardly be expected to earn her
colleagues’ affection or respect.
Turning to a US audience, Tibi alleges
the “execution” of a Turkish-American, one of the nine mercenary
the May 31 flotilla, citing “some reports in the Turkish press” as
substantiation. He cites two more casualties with an American connection
omits any substantiation save for “some witnesses,” regarding a
terrorist attack on police in Jerusalem’s Wadi Joz neighborhood.
with MK Tibi that ambiguity, constructive or otherwise, is not helpful.
high time that he and his fellow-travelers decided where their loyalties
Sir, – I read MK Ahmad Tibi’s article with
interest – albeit frustrated interest.
I have but two questions for him:
Since you – and your compatriots – would certainly have all the rights
possibly want in a state with a majority of fellow Palestinians, are you
to vote in favor of the suggestion regarding territorypopulation
forth by our “neo-fascist” (your words) foreign minister? If not, why
Sir, – The most significant statement Ahmad Tibi makes
is his first: “In the 11 years that I have served in the
Listen to those words! MK Tibi, an Arab, can serve for 11
years in the parliament of the Jewish state! He refers to Gaza as “a
cruelly and illegally deprived of essential goods.” Has he been to Kerem
to watch the tons of items being shipped in weekly by Israel? He makes
to “false notions of Israel’s security.”
Since when is Israel not
entitled to security? Tibi has entirely missed the point. In how many
can a person be a member of parliament, spew vicious, venomous attacks
government and still be permitted 11 years of service? Certainly in no
ZEV M. SHANDALOV
Ma’ale Adumim What better venue?
Sir, – Regarding
“Should Birthright groups visit Hebron? (Elsewhere, July 11), I looked
the Book of Genesis pretty carefully and could find no reference to our
forefathers having shopped at the Malha Mall, or ever having partied the
away on the seaside promenade in Tel Aviv. However, they did live and
are buried, in Hebron.
For a Birthright trip to visit the Jewish Quarter
and Kotel in Jerusalem’s Old City, yet deny participants their
spiritually that’s associated with the patriarchs, is inconsistent at
hypocritical at worst.
We have seen many articles expressing the concern
of Birthright’s organizers that trip participants do not remain
either Israel or the Jewish people once the trip is over.
Dare I suggest
that part of the reason might be the superficiality of its itinerary?
with soldiers and taking jeep rides are a lot of fun, but what do they
will connect young people to the holiness of the land or their right to
MARSHA GREENBERG MOTZEN
Petah Tikva/Englewood, New Jersey Not very scientific
Sir, – I have very serious misgivings about the research in Judy
article (“Study highlights impact of trauma in boosting Gazans’ support
terror,” July 9).
First, 53 subjects out of a population of probably tens
of thousands of boys of that age group must be far too small a sample to
true statistical significance.
Second, the sample seems to have been
selected with an intrinsic bias, without a control group. Third, the
team, at least from the article, did not take into account the
brainwashing and propaganda that Arabs in general, and Palestinians in
particular, have been subjected to over the past century.TREVOR DAVIS
Sir, –What struck me most when reading Judy Siegel’s article is that no
one bothered to see if any comparable impact could be seen in Israeli
have lost family members in bus bombings or during other terror
Dollars to doughnuts, no similar impact would be seen in
Israeli Jews except for a few very isolated instances that come to
But you can see where Prof.
Victoroff, who is affiliated
with that hotbed for fanatic Islamic sentiment, the University of
California, wouldn’t have wanted to skew or sully his intended results
counterproductive data.VARDA EPSTEIN
Efrat Who are they?
Regarding “Haredi men nabbed for smuggling cocaine” and “Police bust
in South” (July 9): Why isn’t the religious affiliation of the southern
Jerusalem At a loss
Sir, – Last weekend marked the
25th anniversary of an event that brings into focus the perennial double
standard regarding Israel.
On July 10, 1985, French foreign intelligence
services sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in the port of
New Zealand, to prevent it from interfering in a nuclear test. A
drowned aboard the vessel.
Although France initially denied involvement,
the head of French intelligence at the time said 20 years later that the
had been authorized by then-president François Mitterrand.
Nothing can be
found in the history books about the expulsion of French diplomats from
Zealand or any of the other countries affected. There were no
rage against a criminal attack on an innocent man and a widely respected
Compare this to the reaction by governments and media outlets
against Israel for purportedly being behind the assassination of a known
terrorist and murderer earlier this year. I am at a loss to find any
fairness and equality.HENRY KAYE
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