Sir, – Regarding “Turkey asks for the names of ‘Mavi Marmara’ raid
commandos” (May 15), Israel should really ask the Turkish government for full
details about the 50-odd terrorists who were placed on board the vessel last
year without passports or border processing at a completely separate
Ankara should also be given warning in advance that any
terrorists or terror-promoting passengers participating in future flotillas will
not enjoy the quick release given those aboard the Mavi Marmara, and that they
will be prosecuted and, if found guilty of terror-related activities,
Kiryat Ono Pedestrian safety
Sir, – Your account
of road accidents (“Arava road car crash victims laid to rest,” May 15) includes
the elderly couple run over in Rishon Lezion last Friday.
that about 70 percent of pedestrians injured or worse by oncoming vehicles were
using crosswalks, as required by law. In our Jerusalem neighborhood of Bayit
Vagan, I know of two such cases, in which one victim survived after a long
The root of the trouble is the false assumption that these
crossings are safe because the law obliges people to cross there. The law,
however, does not give vehicles the ability to stop in one second to avoid
pedestrians who suddenly cross without looking.
The least that is needed
is the posting a notices at crosswalks warning pedestrians to look before
crossing. Extending the use of traffic lights might help.
readers have further ideas.
Something has to be done, and
Jerusalem Way to freedom
Sir, – For a very long time I
was uncomfortable with the campaign to free Gilad Schalit. I do not believe
there is an Israeli alive who does not want him back.
and protesting in front of our Knesset or prime minister’s residence is not the
Finally, someone in the press has been able to express my
discomfort with the tone of the campaign. Thank you, Liat Collins (“Protesting
the protest,” My Word, May 15). Now, if more people were to realize that the
proper address for any protest is the UN, Red Cross or Hamas, we might actually
get movement in the right direction.SUSAN SHAUL
Sir, – I
recently wrote in praise of Liat Collins, but this time I cannot agree with her
great trust in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s wisdom.
Our leader, right or
wrong? Not, I’m afraid, when it is Bibi.
He is certainly no Ben-Gurion or
Rabin – not even Sharon. Thus, to assume that only the prime minister knows what
is best for us is not sensible or even correct.
When fully 65 percent of
the public believes that a way must be found, and quickly, to get Schalit
released no matter what, our prime minister should perhaps
Netanya Letters bring letters
Sir, – I write in
reply to the letter from Abe Krieger (“Appropriate or not,” May 15).
note with sadness that such a horrific series of words emanated from someone
whose address is in the United States and not in Israel. He instructs the
Schalit family to “suck it up.” Excuse me? He tells them to “pipe down.” Excuse
me? He wants them to roll up their carpets, take their ball home and just wait
passively! Mr. Krieger, as you sit thousands of miles away with none of your own
sons sitting in captivity for five years, how dare you tell parents whose lives
have been devastated what to do or not to do! People have the right to make
alternative suggestions as to how to win Schalit’s freedom, but no one has the
right to tell parents to stop doing something for their child.
you rethink your choice of words. In the meantime, might I suggest you pipe down
and suck it up.ZE’EV M. SHANDALOV
Sir, – The Yiddish
paper Jacob Mendlovic cites in regard to the recent earthquake in New Zealand
(“Understanding needed,” Letters, May 13”) is not alone in its reluctance to use
the name Christchurch. Jewish oldtimers from Auckland and Wellington, the large
cities on the country’s North Island, had the same feeling and would only allow
themselves to say, “I have to go to Ch-ch this week.”
As I know from
rabbinical visits to Christchurch, the small community there has a gem of a
synagogue but got around the bizarre name “Christchurch Synagogue” by calling it
the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation after the section of the city in which it was
In other countries, they have come to terms with
incorporating Christianity-oriented names into those of synagogues. Examples
include St. John’s Wood Synagogue in London and St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation in
Melbourne, Australia.RAYMOND APPLE
The writer is a rabbi
Sir, – As our prime minister prepares for his forthcoming visit
to the US (“Big speech or big sleep,” Diplomacy, May 13), I would urge him for
the sake of his supporters who may be intimidated by the constant barrage of big
lies that have become “conventional wisdom” to clearly state what I believe is
the view of the overwhelming number of Israeli Jews.
We are not occupiers
of anybody’s land. State lands beyond the 1967 borders came into Israel’s
possession as the result of a defensive battle. Palestinians never owned these
lands and Jordan has relinquished all claims.
Both from the point of view
of international law and historical association, Israel has the strongest claim.
Nevertheless, it stands ready to make accommodations for a Palestinian entity as
a neighbor living in peace, mutual respect and cooperation.
the Palestinians nothing. It is up to them to articulate their vision of
statehood, their role in the region and their relationship with
Should they do so they will find a generous response on the
part of Israel.
Binyamin Netanyahu will never have a more sympathetic
audience than AIPAC and the US Congress, nor a more auspicious time as the
present. Let these words be heard, for they are the words of
Jerusalem Unfair portrayal
Sir, – I wish to express
my dismay and disgust at your flawed and one-sided article, “Give us back our
history! Austria’s Jews sue Israeli central archives” (May 6).
the Jews in Vienna today are anything but Austrian, including Ariel Muzikant.
There are many more Austrian Jews in Israel.
I was born in the Rothschild
Hospital in the 2nd district of Vienna. We left in September 1941. We had to
leave behind my grandmother and she was sent to Terezin, where she
The date of her death is listed in a document at the Central
Archives of the History of the Jewish People. Please note these words: “central
archives” and “Jewish people.”
The archives in Jerusalem are open to all,
whether academics, students of history or individuals wanting to trace their
The Jewish community in Vienna unfortunately seems extremely
reluctant to allow access to students and researchers to historical material in
Quoting the necessarily adversarial opinions of the legal
representatives of Muzikant without giving the Central Archives a chance to
refute their allegations is most unfair.NINA KELLMAN