(photo credit: JP)
Sage advice for air power
Sir, – According to your report “Decision to buy new
F-35 stealth fighter jet pending” (22 July), Israel was given 60 days to commit
billions in ordering a squadron of the new Joint Strike Fighter.
has eight partners in this project: the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada,
Australia, Denmark and Norway. With so many boycotters in this group, Israel
cannot risk the shipment of spares being held up at critical times.
experts agree that the next generation in air combat is super-drones. As Israel
is the world leader in this technology, let it invest its billions in total
self-reliance. And let the best of the drones be named after Hillel, for “if I
am not for myself, who will be for me?” SOL UNSDORFER
London Public health, not
Sir, – The Health Ministry said earlier this week that 6,140 Israelis
had been diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS. This represents about a 10 percent
increase over the past two years, with best estimates that that an equal number
of people remain undiagnosed.
Current AIDS policies in Israel will do
nothing to reduce the number of HIV infections unless confidential mandatory
testing, mandatory partner tracing and notification, and mandatory treatment are
invoked. Confidential mandatory testing is already enforced in the military, at
blood banks and by the insurance industry, but not in the general population.
How, when and where mandatory testing is carried out will be determined by the
ministry, but until that happens, the epidemic will continue to rage out of
control because far too many people infected with HIV – about 20% – are unaware
and may unknowingly transmit the virus.
Isn’t it time to place public
health over politics and treat HIV/AIDS just like every other serious infectious
disease? SANFORD F. KUVIN, MD
Jerusalem The writer is founder and international
chair of the Sanford Kuvin Center for Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Editor’s note: The article the writer is
referring to is “Health Ministry: 6,140 Israelis have AIDS” (July 20). The
headline should have said that these Israelis have HIV/AIDS.
Sir, – I was most surprised to read the op-ed piece “Scandal at
the Claims Conference” by Isi Leibler (July 13). The writer notes that
activities of the Yiddishpiel Theater are incompatible with the purposes
which the Claims Conference was established.
In my discussion with the
writer I understood that if only he had before him the facts on the
Theater’s unique and exclusive activities for Holocaust survivors, he
seen in it a shining example of funding of activities that are
the Claims Conference’s definitions.
Although the Yiddishpiel Theater is,
for all matters, a repertoire theater receiving financing from various
it receives such from the Claims Conference for two important projects.
first involves performances for Holocaust survivors in old-age and
homes. The second involves funding to enable survivors who are mobile to
regular performances at no charge.
The many thank-you letters we receive
underscore the fact that aside from economic and physical support,
survivors also need spiritual and cultural nourishment.
Theater brings them a most meaningful and invaluable experience: a
and taste of their parents’ home, of the good old days before the war.
this gives them the will to go on living.
The Yiddishpiel Theater views
the Claims Conference as a full partner in all its wonderful activities
behalf of Holocaust survivors.
For this it is to be
CEO and Artistic Manager Yiddishpiel