Hotheads with guns
Sir, – In reference to “Security guard guns down
father-daughter lawyers in Jerusalem office building” (July 24), as long as the
ministers of public security and the interior do not replace the live firearms
carried by security personnel with armaments that indispose rather than kill
(e.g., stun guns), the killings will continue.
There are too many
hotheads in this country who pull guns in the heat of the moment. This is
similar to the chronic problem of dangerous knives that kill dozens every year
and wound hundreds.
(The police have yet to get the legal authority to
act against those carrying dangerous knives.) There are very few security
assignments that require the possibility of live fire. A massive recall of all
firearms is urgently needed.
Readers might recall that several months ago
Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch promised this would happen
(“State vows to curb private gun ownership,” May 22). But it has not. Here’s
another urgent job for him.DAVID GOSHEN
Kiryat Ono Heading for Gaza?
Sir, – In baseless spin, Hamas’s Mousa Abu Marzook suggests that Cairo is
signaling an intent to restore its control over the Gaza Strip (“Hamas concerned
Egypt trying to reclaim Gaza,” July 24).
The addiction of the Palestinian
leadership to play victim knows no borders.
But wait. Wouldn’t it be
brilliant if the Egyptian military liberated both Egypt and the Gaza Strip from
Muslim extremism and gave these people true democracy? After years of
lawlessness, suppressive state terrorism and increasingly bloody dictatorship,
the Gazans must be even more ready than the Egyptians.MOSHE-MORDECHAI
Jerusalem Works both ways
Sir, – MK Ahmed Tibi had a busy week last
On Tuesday he lost his status as deputy speaker of the Knesset
until the end of the summer session because he tore up and poured water on a
copy of the proposed legislation to regulate Beduin land claims in the Negev
(“Ethics panel bars Tibi from deputy speaker slot,” July 24).
On the same
day he led a group of Arab MKs in protesting that the mayor of Upper Nazareth
was racist for refusing to establish an Arab school there (“Knesset panel
discusses building Arab school in Upper Nazareth,” July 24).
some questions for Tibi, just to clarify his definition of racism: How many
Jewish schools do you propose to build in the area that might be allocated to
the Beduin? What percentage of the population in that area do you foresee will
be Jewish? JAN SOKOLOVSKY
Jerusalem More on EU
Sir, – Gil Troy’s “The EU
‘fauxcott’ as selective prosecution – and bad history” (Center Field, July 24)
hit the political nail dead center.
Europe’s misguided obsession with
Israel’s so-called illegal presence over the Green Line – the temporary,
improvised armistice line of 1949 – clearly reveals a continuing anti-Jewish
An American friend of mine once wisely counseled, “Don’t be
shocked by European hostility to Israel. Europeans are not changing; they are
merely returning to normal.”
As Troy has demonstrated, the European
Union’s fallacious targeting of Israeli settlements reflects an appalling
historical ignorance that is misleading and dangerous.HIRSCH JOSEPH
Beit Shemesh/New York
Sir, – The EU’s policy should come as no
According to a Jerusalem Post report from November 2003
(“Olmert lets EU label territories exports”), Ehud Olmert, at the time minister
of industry and trade, agreed to allow European Union nations to specify on
labeling exactly where Israeli products were manufactured.
was endorsed the following week by thenprime minister Ariel Sharon, who
instructed Olmert and then-foreign minister Silvan Shalom to undertake more
The foolishness of Olmert led to this disastrous
situation and clearly indicates that he must never again be permitted to hold
public office. His comments regarding government policies should be treated with
the contempt they deserve.COLIN L. LECI
Jerusalem A parent’s lament
– Our son recently received his notice to report for the first stage of the
induction process to the IDF in the coming months. It drove home to me –
particularly after my own induction into the US Army during the Vietnam War –
the intractability of the situation here.
How much more does Israel have
to give in order to be allowed the status of a free nation among the very
council of nations that birthed her and then abandoned her? How many more lives
and tragedies must be endured between our peoples? Is there not one leader among
the Palestinians who will step forward and lead us to an agreement without
conditions, delaying tactics, posturing and impossible demands that must be
agreed upon before any real negotiations take place? How many more wars and acts
of terror will it take to finally end it? It’s a good situation for the
rejectionists on both sides, not for the hopes and dreams of us all.B.
Netanya Maccabiah record
Sir, – Congratulations to The Jerusalem Post
for the splendid magazine about the 19th Maccabiah Games that we received with
the July 19 newspaper. Yet it is with regret that I have to inform you that some
of the details, presumably taken verbatim from the Maccabiah archives, contain
I was a member of the South African team that in 1950
participated in the first Maccabiah Games after Israel’s
Certainly, the opening ceremony took place at the new Ramat
Gan Stadium, but it was led by acting president Joseph Sprinzak, not
then-president Chaim Weizmann.
Sprinzak arrived late, having been caught
in a traffic jam, and the teams had to wait in the boiling sun, standing in an
arena that was just stones and gravel, with not a blade of grass
No track or field events took place there, as no athletic
facilities existed. We competed on a cinder track that had been prepared around
a soccer field close to an army camp called Mahane Yona. I have a photo with the
Reading power station in north Tel Aviv clearly visible in the
Still, it was an amazing achievement for our new little
I tried many years ago through a contact at the Wingate Institute
to correct these errors concerning the 1950 Games. It appears that my
notification to the Maccabi authorities was never received or
Some more! My late cousin, Archie Davidson, played tennis for
South Africa at both the 1932 and 1935 Games, so I don’t understand how you
state that South Africa sent a team for the first time only in
Finally, no country called Zimbabwe existed in 1953. It was
Southern Rhodesia. It became Zimbabwe only in 1980.EDNA (FRIEDMAN)
Hod Hasharon The Sports editor responds: We worked very closely with the
Maccabi World Union and the Maccabiah Games organizers to put together the
magazine.As the writer correctly surmises, pretty much all of the
historical information came straight from them and their archives. While I had
no reason to question the authenticity of the data, perhaps I should have done
more thorough fact-checking and for that I beg for your pardon.