Flipping the bird
Sir, – Linda Claire, chairwoman of Manchester’s Palestine
Solidarity Campaign, is upset that Israel’s national bird, the hoopoe, was
featured in a newspaper’s quiz (“Anti-Israel activists slam UK daily for
referring to Israel’s national bird,” May 18).
As a former Mancunian, I
would strongly urge the mayor and corporation of that great city to award Claire
an emblematic bird of her very own – the cuckoo.MURRAY ROSOVSKY
Send them home
Sir, – At the risk of sounding callous and hard-hearted, I must
say I believe all illegal African migrants (“The challenge of treating illegal
African migrants,” Comment & Features, May 18) must be sent home. The phrase
from Exodus “Do not oppress the stranger among us” is not a concept intended to
force us to allow every illegal person who makes his way through our porous
borders to remain here.
Most of these people are not refugees whose lives
would be in danger if they were to be sent back. They come here to better their
There are millions of such impoverished people. Does
that mean we must accept all who make their way here? They are a burden on us
financially and physically. It would be cheaper to send them home than to keep
them here, where the cost for their medical care alone is more than the cost of
a flight home.
Our government must not be afraid to act for the good of
the country. It’s time it showed some backbone and acted to have these people
Zichron Ya’acov A line overstepped
Sir, – As a
regular and devout reader of Sarah Honig’s weekly column Another Tack, I’ve
always admired her “calling a spade a spade” approach. However, her Three
Stooges column (“Every man for himself,” May 18) overstepped the
Criticize by all means, but within the framework of civility and
good taste.ZVI FREEDMAN
Kiryat Tivon Kindness to animals
Legislation that would permit surprise inspections and the seizure of abused
animals is a welcome step forward (“Knesset passes first reading of bill to
strengthen fight against animal cruelty,” May 17).
inspectors from approved animal organizations should be allowed to seize abused
animals. They are readily available and care more about animals than do the
police. In addition, witnesses of animal abuse call them
Facilities in Jaffa selling horses for hauling carts and other
purposes are in dire need of inspection.
As long as such atrocious
conditions are allowed to exist, the ugly phenomenon of horses hauling heavy
loads through city streets will persist.
The prevalence of abuse and
absence of land and facilities to meet the needs of horses clearly demonstrate
that the Agriculture Ministry’s plan to welcome the horse racing industry would
only result in more abused, abandoned horses and the inability to pay for their
care when they are no longer fast enough to win races.NINA NATELSON
Alexandria, Virginia The writer is a board member of the Israeli animal rights
group Hakol Chai
Sir, – We certainly agree with the fight against animal
cruelty, but as parents of a dairy farmer in the Jezreel Valley we were
surprised to see the picture that illustrated your article.
not “tightly penned cows in a field,” as you stated, but rather newborn calves
getting individual and caring attention. It is unfortunate that The Jerusalem
Post didn’t use a more appropriate photo.RUTH and YITZ GREENWALD
Givatayim Misplaced protest
Sir, – Regarding “‘Nakba Day’ leaves soldier, 3
border policemen, 270 Palestinians wounded” (May 16), the United Nations
partitioned Palestine into a Jewish state and Palestinian state. It is not our
fault that the Palestinians turned the offer down.
There were those who
fled and became refugees and those who stayed and today are Israeli citizens
living well in Israel. The fact that the Arab countries have allowed the
refugees to languish for 64 years is a crime. One day’s oil money would have
sufficed to resettle them.
Thousands of Jewish refugees were left in
displaced-person camps after WWII and were immediately helped by Jewish
organizations to resettle and be absorbed elsewhere. Here is a thought for the
Jewish students who commemorated Nakba Day with their Palestinian counterparts:
Some may have had relatives who would have been grateful for the existence of a
Jewish state to which they could have fled before WWII instead of being taken
away to be murdered.
I am sympathetic toward the Palestinian Arabs
because they have always been the pawns of powerful Arab countries. They should
stop blaming Israel and call on their Arab brothers for help.YVONNE
Kfar Shmaryahu Egypt and peace
Sir, – Ray Hanania (“Egyptian democracy
will undermine ‘peace’ with Israel,” Yalla Peace, May 16) states that the peace
agreement with Israel did not have the backing of the Egyptian
There is no empirical way to prove or disprove his
We went to Egypt as tourists in an Israeli group and were
received very warmly – which again does not prove anything.
valid hypothesis is that the Egyptian people at the time were happy to be
relieved of the burden of Palestine and the loss of lives and
However, the gradual rise over 30 years in the strength of
Muslim groups has led to the radicalization of the younger generation and a rise
in hatred of Israel and Jews. Mubarak attempted to limit and contain this
threat, but it burst loose upon his demise.GEORGE LEBOVITZ
Sir, – Ray Hanania predicts that the “undemocratic” peace agreement signed with
Egypt may be abrogated because “the Egyptian people never had a voice” in its
adoption. He says the treaty never led to the regional peace that Sadat promised
In order to achieve peace with its neighbor, Israel had no
choice but to deal with that country’s leadership. The suggestion that a treaty
entered into by a government the world recognized as Egypt’s legal
representative will no longer be honored proves the wisdom of Israel’s caution
regarding treaties with other Arab countries.
Pacts with Syria, Saudi
Arabia and many other countries would be signed by Arab leaders who do not
necessarily speak for their people.
Hanania recommends that Israel
“genuinely embrace” peace with the Palestinians.
With whom should Israel
reach an accord? The PA’s leaders are very possibly corrupt. They arrest
journalists who criticize them, and may well be discarded at the next election.
Gaza is ruled by a despotic terrorist organization that murders its
With Egypt as a precedent, Israel could end up compromising its
own security in exchange for a paper that becomes meaningless if and when the
Palestinian people are allowed to express themselves freely.
for the treaty’s likely demise is not the continuing Israeli-Palestinian
dispute. The fault lies with Egyptian (and other Arab) leaders who have
inundated their people with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel materials for over
three decades – convincing them that Israel remains their enemy. That is a major
reason Sadat’s promised regional peace has not been realized.
point: If Egypt decides to scrap the treaty, shouldn’t the Sinai revert to
Israeli control since it was a critical element of that “undemocratic” and
therefore unenforceable agreement? EFRAIM A. COHEN