Sir, – Haaretz has again been exposed in the truly horrifying
article by Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak (“The self-perception of Haaretz,” Media
Comment, June 13).
That paper tried to distance itself from the popular
perception, by widely advertising as “Haaretz. Not what you thought.”
could well riposte: “No. Even worse!” LOUIS GARB
The draw of
Sir, – Hannah Brown wrote a great article about Yaakov Kirschen, the
cartoonist who draws “The Dry Bones” (“Why is this cartoonist different from all
other cartoonists: Animix festival honors Yaakov Kirschen,” Arts and
Entertainment, June 13).
We’re sure that his “Passover Haggadah” will be
a big success. I just wish that his cartoons would be back in your newspaper,
instead of the crude and gory cartoons you’ve been featuring lately, which also
lack any sense of humor.
Let’s get back to cartoons of the Kirschen type,
that make us laugh and bring humor to the forefront.HANNAH SONDHELM
Waze and means
Sir, – It occurs to me that Israel should immediately
announce to all anti-Israel activists and their sympathizers that they should no
longer use Google since it now owns Waze – which is made in Israel and therefore
is contaminated (“It’s official: Google gets its Waze,” June
Furthermore, I would think that Yair Lapid can now return the VAT
tax to 17% as the income tax Israel will gain from the sale of Waze will more
than make up for the recent increase.URI HIRSCH
Sir, – Waze
should have come up with a version of their software which would be very useful
for the southern part of Israel. Since the South of Israel has been under Kassam
and Grad rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip numerous times, forcing
residents to find shelter in 30 to 60 seconds, the app would find the optimal
route between two points (usually between home and work) while minimizing the
time to take cover, i.e. the route would stay close to buildings where one could
take cover within a few seconds.
I am sure that this “Grad Waze” version
would be a hit in these parts of the country.MLADEN ANDRIJASEVIC
Sir, – The police told us a day after the new arrests
in the Bar Noar shooting that this was not bias-motivated violence, but details
the court now allowed them to share show otherwise (“Bar Noar murders were
revenge for sexual assault, police reveal,” June 12).
If the alleged
killer would have gone to the presumptive sexual molester’s home or workplace or
had sought to hurt him on his way, it would have been “just”
However, senselessly the shooter went to a LGBT youth center,
reportedly expecting to find him there, but when he didn’t, he shot randomly at
those present, including people of the age of his relative, the supposed victim.
This is similar to having a grudge against one Jew and therefore trying to hurt
as many Jews as possible.
This is called a hate crime – targeting people
because of loathing their group.
And if there never was such a rape, as
the lawyer of the youth claims, then the hate crime of this murderer becomes
It is high time and fitting that Israel introduce a hate
crime law whereby violators see their punishment doubled.MOSHE-MORDECHAI
Sir, – Israel should continue its policy of
never negotiating with terrorists, as was its policy in time of Golda Meir and
Menachem Begin (“Poll: 85% oppose releasing prisoners for peace talks,” June
In the past, those terrorists sent suicide bombers to murder
innocent Israeli citizens, whom I know did nothing wrong. When such news came
here, being a parent of two children, it struck anger in myself and very deep
sympathy for those parents and relatives who lost their loved ones.
do not remember the US demanding that those murderers be found and be brought to
I hope that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues the firm
policies of not negotiating with terrorists. Israel continues to be on my three
times per day prayer list.IGOR KONETZOV
Surrey, Canada Obeying orders
Sir, – If Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, is guilty of treason, then what
were the Nuremberg trials all about? One of the bottom lines of Nuremberg was
that a soldier has the right, even the obligation, not to obey orders he feels
to be immoral, illegal and or constituting a crime against humanity (“Former CIA
worker Snowden revealed spy programs ‘to inform public,’” June 10).
would seem to me, that it would not take a great stretch of the imagination to
incorporate what Snowden did into the Nuremberg bottom line. Even The Jerusalem
Post, in an article by Yonah Jeremy Bob (“Edward Snowden vs Anat Kamm,”
Analysis, June 11) clearly distinguished between Snowden’s action and that of
Anat Kamm.RICHARD JACOBS
We cannot explain it
Sir, – Standing in
line waiting to enter The Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii, I chanced to speak
with a former general who had been an instructor at the American War College
(“The war nobody wanted” and “Triumph and tragedy,” Comment and Features, June
He was very enthusiastic about the many Israeli soldiers in his
classes, who had been sent there to study at that facility and exclaimed that
they were extraordinary students.
His subject matter was to analyze the
various wars and the strategies that were used.
When I inquired what is
taught about Israel’s Six Day War, he said quietly: “We don't teach it, because
we cannot explain it.”RUBY RAY KARZEN
Jerusalem Serious strike
The article entitled “Israeli nuclear expert: Iran strike won’t cause civilian
catastrophe” (June 2) was riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations of my
study, The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble: The Human Cost of Military Strikes
against Iran’s Nuclear Facilities.
Had Lappin contacted me, I would have
been glad to correct the many distortions attributed to Dr. Ephraim Asculai’s
paper which served as the basis for Lappin’s article. The Ayatollah’s Nuclear
Gamble is an analytical study of the humanitarian consequences of military
strikes on Iran endorsed by many leading specialists in the field.
article misquotes our study as saying that “radioactive fallout from military
strikes on Iranian nuclear sites could leave up to 70,000 Iranians
This is not correct. In our report, I have stated that casualties
can range from 5,000 to 70,000, should only 1-20% of 371 tons of uranium
hexafluoride gas at Isfahan’s Uranium Conversion Facility be released into the
My study puts a large share of the blame on Ayatollah
Khamenei and the regime in Iran for taking the Iranian people down the path of
possible conflict with the US and/or Israel.
The Iranian people are thus
caught in the Ayatollah’s nuclear gamble and could pay severely in the event of
Let there be no doubt: Humanitarian consequences would
be grave and long-lasting.
I urge readers in Israel and around the world
to read the study for themselves. It is my duty as a scientist and a
humanitarian to warn of the very real dangers of the consequences of a military
strike on Iran. Iran’s nuclear dilemma is not a cause, but a symptom of a
dictatorial regime that is willing to sacrifice innocent Iranian and Israeli
lives to guarantee its survival.KHOSROW B. SEMNANI
Salt Lake City, Utah
The writer is the founder of the nonprofit Omid for Iran