November 12: Hanegbi and the system

It amazes me that there was any discussion whether or not the crime of giving false testimony be considered one of moral turpitude.

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Hanegbi and the system

Sir, – Regarding “Court forces Hanegbi to leave the Knesset” (November 10) and the MK’s sentence, it amazes me that there was any discussion whether or not the crime of giving false testimony be considered one of moral turpitude.

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Why would it not be considered such?

NACHAMA KANNER

Rehovot

Sir, – Two thoughts on the Knesset and Israeli politics: 1. In 2002, Tzahi Hanegbi, was minister of transport.

He established a nonprofit whose focus was road safety and used most of the assets to buy himself a new car. That he has continued as an MK from then until now says as much about the turpitude of Israeli politics as it does about Hanegbi.

2. Former MK Azmi Bishara has received over NIS 500,000 in pension and adjustment payments in the three years since he fled Israel. We see that the Knesset, the body responsible for enacting Israel’s laws, did not have the foresight to put in place a law preventing such an absurdity, and that it took more than three years to notice its oversight (“Bill advances to block state payments to Bishara,” November 10).



This shamefully wasted public money could have gone toward relieving the plight of the poor – another problem left unaddressed by the Knesset.

GERRY MYERS
Beit Zayit

The nerve!

Sir, – Regarding your November 9 news brief “‘Cyprus may need formal partition,’” I have to ask why. The whole of the island belongs to Cyprus.

Turkey has no right to be there. It took the northern part of the island, with silence from the rest of the world.

I have seen the Turkish part – barbed wire, soldiers with guns. And the Turkish prime minister has the nerve to attack our president about Israel and Palestine!

JUDY GOLDIN
Kiryat Ono

Long way around

Sir, – Gershon Baskin tells a reporter (“Book’s translation sparks Egyptian-Israel spat,” November 7) he believes in cultural exchanges and that books should be translated from Arabic to Hebrew and vice versa.

He translated a book against the author’s specific objections because of his liberal views. He knew it was illegal and was warned, he admits, by the author, Alaa Al-Aswany, that he would be sued, and that the author “would demand royalties and donate the money to Hamas.”

Baskin knew he would lose. Based on this interaction, he went ahead and thus is admitting that the money he will have to pay will go to a terrorist organization.

An intelligent and liberal person, Baskin found a way to legally send money to, and support, Hamas.

AHARON GOLDBERG
Hatzor Haglilit

Resistance hero

Sir, – I am compiling a documentary on Capt. Alec Rabinovitch, particularly his life as a wireless operator during World War II with the SOE F section in occupied France, and his subsequent execution in the Gross-Rosen concentration camp along with 18 comrades in September 1944.

While I have amassed much information regarding Rabinovitch’s war record, I am sadly lacking information on his pre-war life and family. He was born in Moscow on May 27, 1918, and attended the Herzliya Gymnasia in Tel Aviv, where he was a classmate and friend of the late Professor Joe Moyal.

He had a sister. I do not yet know her name.

Rabinovitch’s life was short and I have no doubt he faced death as bravely as he lived life. He was a Jew under the British Mandate, and had he lived he would have been an esteemed son of Israel.

I have been working on this project since early 2009 and ask that anyone with information contact me at rosyfrier@shaw.ca or at 1- 604-255-4950.

ROSY FRIER-DRYDEN
Vancouver

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