Support for strikers
Sir, – I am writing to express my solidarity and strong
support for the social workers of Israel in their struggle for recognition of
their crucial contributions and for fair compensation in return (“Almost 150
emergency calls rejected as social workers begin strike,” March 7).
teach and provide clinical consultation in Israel and work closely with many
social workers. They are at the forefront of caring for the most troubled and
under-served members of society, including adults with chronic mental illness,
families with multiple adversities, women victimized by domestic violence and
The work they do is emotionally draining and requires
much skill, energy and devotion. Much is expected of social workers, but they
are given very little in return.
Adequate compensation is long
San Francisco, The writer is on the faculty of
the psychology department at UCSF Democrats? Not!
Sir, – It is surprising that
two apparently accomplished academics such as Tamar Hermann and David Newman can
join together and produce an op-ed like “Israel’s democratic veneer” (Comment
& Features, March 7).
Even conceding, for argument’s sake, the gross
caricatures of the minorities they despise, their idea of democracy seems like
something out of Orwell’s 1984. According to them, anyone who doesn’t believe in
their politically correct left-wing vision of the world is obviously
The unstated corollary of their argument is that these
right-wing and religious fanatics don’t deserve the right to vote in the
writers’ democracy. Some democrats! SHLOMO SIMON
To the bitter end
Sir, – I usually enjoy Allon Sinai’s sports articles, but I was really
disappointed by his “Mac TA dumps Hap J’lem in Nokia clinic” (March 7),
especially where he stated that Maccabi’s run in the final quarter “sent Hapoel
fans on their way home long before the final whistle.”
I do not know if
Sinai was in the Nokia arena that night. If he was, he would have seen and heard
the 500 Hapoel fans who traveled with their team to Tel Aviv. We did not stop
cheering, and definitely not one of us walked out. We are proud of our team even
when it is defeated, and will always stay by its side to the end of the
The only ones who left early were some yellow and blue Maccabi fans
who apparently did not want to get stuck in the post-game traffic.SHIMON
Jerusalem We should know better
Sir, – Regarding “Hundreds gather in Tel
Aviv’s Gan Meir to protest gov’t plans to deport illegal residents’ children”
(March 6), our government, which has nothing better to do, wants to deport
children who were born here. Went to school here. Speak, read and write fluent
Hebrew and no other language.
Counter-demonstrators chanted “Israel is a
Jewish country.” I seem to remember a similar quote: “Germany for Germans.” This
did not include Jews, and we all know what happened there.JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat Ono And what about us?
Sir, – The description of Liat Collins’s flight to
London courtesy of British Airways was mouthwatering (“The ultimate in
‘Bleisure’ – High-flying aspirations on BA,” Travel Trends, March
However, while the airline acknowledges that it profits from its
first-class and business-class passengers, it should be giving some thought to
improving service for the majority: those who are squashed like sardines into
the regular cabin.
At one time, Executive Club members could reserve
their seats when booking, a very useful benefit when flying with children or
other family members. Last time I booked a bar mitzva trip for five, I had great
difficulty getting seats in close proximity because, like all passengers, I
could check in online only 24 hours before the flight. My travel agent had put
in a special request in advance, but when I checked in at the earliest
opportunity, I found that we were scattered throughout the cabin, without enough
vacant spots to move us to a more convenient seating
Executive Club membership also did not offer much compassion
when, after that midnight phone call we immigrants dread so much, I had to take
the first plane to London to get to a funeral. Shocked and in tears, I managed
to get the last seat on the plane, but BA charged me the maximum price and would
not allow payments on my credit card.
And this past October, we rejected
a breakfast that was the worst meal we’d ever experienced on any flight. The
flight attendant placed the kosher tray, all signed, stamped and sealed, on our
tables, but immediately removed the “hot dish” because he said it had not been
sufficiently heated and would take another half hour. Meanwhile, the yogurt and
juice were frozen solid, the roll was like a rock, and the dessert was a dry
piece of cake standing in a puddle of frozen custard.
My complaint to BA
in Tel Aviv was answered by a lukewarm letter of apology.
membership booklet, BA claims that passengers can save money with special deals
it has with retail services, but in truth the hotels and other tourist services
on offer are in the higher income bracket and not affordable for the average
While first-class and business-class passengers would not take
the no-frills option of Easyjet, the regular passengers of BA are very tempted
by the lower prices.
Who needs a food service when it is so bad? And for
a small fee, one can reserve seats.WENDY BLUMFIELD
Haifa Incorrect &
Sir, – In “Fifty years later, new information surfaces about Eichmann
trial” (March 1), it is mentioned that a special “document” had been discovered
about the prosecution’s decision “not to call a survivor to testify because of
his large and muscular physique,” and that it would be “better to call up people
who looked more ‘suitable’ for the part of Holocaust survivor.”
been one of the officers of Bureau O6 of the Israel Police who investigated
Eichmann and met a great number of survivors in order to decide which were
potential witnesses, and also having been the personal assistant of chief
prosecutor Gideon Hausner during the trial, I wish to inform you that this is
completely incorrect and ridiculous.
We tried to choose people who were
able physically and mentally to stand in front of this Nazi criminal and tell
what they saw and what they went through. Witnesses like Antek Zuckermann, Dr.
Leo Wells, Abraham Gordon, Frida Mazia, Abraham Amiel, Shalom Cholawski, Esther
Goldstein and many others were young, strong and “good looking.” Out of 110
witnesses who appeared at the trial, only one fainted while giving
In his book Justice in Jerusalem
, Hausner writes (page 293):
“I wanted people who would tell what they had seen with their own eyes and what
they have experienced on their own bodies....
I took it over myself,
together with Chief Inspector Michael Goldmann of the Police, himself a survivor
of the Holocaust....
We read through hundreds of statements at Yad
Vashem... putting us in touch with prospective witnesses...
less tongue-tied and finally picked out the people who would later give evidence
Claims that we avoided bringing to the witness stand survivors
who looked healthy and strong are groundless. On the contrary, we avoided
bringing witnesses who seemed physically fragile.
I don’t think a new
gimmick has to be invented in order to evoke people’s interest in the Eichmann
Trial. It does not need it! MICHAEL GOLDMANN-GILEAD