Sir, – In striking for higher wages, social workers are
victimizing the people who need their services most (“Social workers’ strike
goes on as latest wage talks stall,” March 10). These people do not pay, and
cannot influence, the amount of said wages, but they do suffer the effects of
Where is the logic? Where is the justice? The right of social
workers not to be slaves is clear. But surely, their target should not be the
innocent third party that does not even have the right or ability to
Surely there is a better way.JULIAN ISRAEL
Haifa Safety over
Sir, – I applaud the well-reasoned editorial “Keep our airport safe” (March
The High Court of Justice faces a dilemma regarding airport security
in which the alternatives are the continuation of alleged profiling policies,
which have effectively maintained security in Israeli air travel; cumbersome and
time-consuming security checks for all passengers; or a less rigorous system for
all, aimed at eliminating the stricter security check for travelers who sense
inconvenience and discrimination.
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The latter two alternatives would
result in either a significant increase in time and inconvenience of airport
security measures for all travelers, or lower the current standard of effective
security measures. In this issue, it is imperative that the High Court pay heed
to the vital safety of the majority of its citizens who use its airport
facilities, and maintain the present policy. A successful reduction in terrorism
takes precedence over adherence to political correctness.
Herzliya Bring the huppa!
Sir, – The news story “Internet jobs will
create 8.5% of GDP by 2015” by Nadav Shemer (March 10) suggests a promising new
avenue to encourage and promote employment among Israel’s haredi community.
Indeed, the article specifically identifies the haredim as a potential untapped
In order for Israel to grow its Internet economy at
the current pace, it will need trained, intelligent workers who have the
capacity to learn and be creative – and haredim represent a vast, available and
concentrated reservoir of exactly this kind of talent.
To date, the
haredi community has been mired in poverty. It is underappreciated and
underemployed because of cultural barriers that keep haredim
One of the greatest workplace deterrents to the haredi
individual is the workplace itself, with its melting pot atmosphere and secular
influences; haredim appear hesitant to cross that line, even as some wish very
much to work.
But the Internet sector does not, and need not, require an
employee to leave his or her neighborhood to get to work.
industry can build much of the network it needs through small workplace
environments (perfectly matched to the haredi neighborhood and lifestyle),
and/or though homebased work stations.
Through the influence and
leadership of specific religious leaders in the haredi world, and with work
rules that are sensitive to haredi culture, a virtual army of talented haredi
workers can be identified, recruited and trained.
Tapping the haredi
sector serves Israel in three ways: First, it can provide the intelligencerich
talent the Internet industry will desperately need. Second, it can bring needed
income to families. And third, it can reduce Israel’s welfare rolls.
a perfect shidduch!
Hourglass for two
Sir, – In your
editorial “Peace in a volatile region” (March 9) you quote one of Israel’s
friends (German Chancellor Angela Merkel), who repeats the mantra that “time is
not on [our] side.” But it is not on the Palestinian side, either.
assertions of the PA and its supporters, settlements are in monthly growth,
which makes their evacuation less and less likely.
Energy-wise, Israel is
becoming more self-reliant, and by its developing a missile shield, more
True, in time Iran may become nuclear and Israel’s hostile
neighbors may reach over-overkill capacity in terms of rockets. But is an
all-out war or a nuclear confrontation a Palestinian interest? One needs only to
look at a map to know the answer.
I wish that as often as our friends
tell us that time is not on our side, the Palestinians’ friends would tell them
Jerusalem The bright side
Sir, – The message
in “Why do we need a Jewish state anyway?” by Gil Troy (Center Field, March 9)
was very inspiring and gets to the point of what it means to have a Jewish
state, for both Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora.
Troy is right. By
accentuating the positive aspects of Zionism rather than denigrating the anti-
Israel critics and outright racists in the world, we make a better case for this
Roger, over and out
Sir, – So a former
member of Pink Floyd became the high profile person to kickstart Palestine
Hypocrisy Week that demonizes Israel as an “apartheid state” (“Roger Waters
declares support for BDS campaign,” March 7).
His support for the BDS
Movement goes back to 2006 when he scrawled “Tear down the wall” on our security
I am aware that Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” made Waters a
millionaire rock star, but his obsession has clouded his judgment.
co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization, I hope he will forgive me
for saying the wall keeps me alive.
I invite Waters to come to Netanya
and hear the tragic tales of people who barely survived the onslaught of
Palestinian terror before the wall went up. I will be happy to take him to the
barrier, where he will receive a different perspective.
To paraphrase his
famous song: We don’t need no education/ Hey, Waters! Leave the Jews alone/ All
in all you’re just another brick in the wall! BARRY SHAW
Sir, – What is
the importance and relevance of this story that it warrants a bold-type headline
and so much column space? Roger Waters is a 67-year-old has-been and is now
attempting to influence his colleagues and other musicians to join the
Such is his antagonism toward Israel.
Why attach to him
such prominence? Surely there are far-more important articles that are of real
interest to your readers.URI MILUNSKY
Netanya Ask your accountant
I read “Protecting your UK Pension” by Leon Harris (Your Taxes, March 2) with
some alarm, and must commend Harris for his lucid explanation of a complex
However, having spent most of my career in financial services, I
have some understanding of this subject, yet it was not clear if for me the
reciprocal double taxation agreement would still be in place, as my pensions are
not remitted from the UK.
As usual, accountants, like many other
professionals, use unexplained terms, in this case QROPS, which means
“Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pensions Scheme,” and Harris fails to mention
that this only applies to either private or company pension schemes, and not to
any state pension. Also, this option can only be exercised before taking an
annuity. There are no cash options or open market options with a state
His advice, to consult a qualified accountant, is most
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