No get-out clause
Sir, – Police have been authorized by the High Court to curb
already restricted Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount if violence by Muslims
appears imminent (“15 Palestinians arrested for rioting near Jerusalem’s
Damascus Gate,” September 29). To this I have a question: Were Jews to threaten
violence if Muslims visited a Jewish holy site, would Muslims be denied entry
for fear of Jewish riots? It is just a pity the police do not see how their
actions weaken the Jewish people’s historic rights to its holy sites and even
the Jewish land. After all, if, as seems obvious, we recognize the rights of our
enemies above Jewish rights, then surely we are accepting their narrative that
we are the “occupiers” of another people’s land – in which case, let’s stop the
charade and hand the lot over, lock, stock and barrel.
There is just one
little flaw. This land is historically and legally God’s land, given by Him to
the Jewish people only, with no get-out clause to give it to any other.
I say to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: We have the best case in the world
for keeping our land. All we need is faith and courage to stand up for the
justness of our cause. Then we can once more be a proud people with our head
held high and back held straight.EDITH OGNALL
Netanya Nothing new there
Sir, – Eugene Kontorovich’s excellent piece (“How the EU directly funds
settlements in occupied territory,” Comment & Features, September 29) is a
real eye-opener, though I’m sure the European Union has pat and well-rehearsed
answers, including crying foul at Kontorovich’s allegations along the lines of
helping Turkish residents who should not be blamed for the unlawful occupation
of the area by their Turkish government (which the EU, of course, condemns
unequivocally, etc., etc.).
No matter what spin the EU tries to put on
its flagrant contradiction and hypocrisy vis a vis its policy on Israeli
“occupation,” Kontorovich is absolutely right to conclude that no matter what we
do we will suffer discrimination and “special” treatment. In my view this should
be no surprise given Europe’s infamous history regarding Jews and
As our sages taught, there is nothing new under the
Hatzor Haglilit Hard to grasp
Sir, – Nicholas Meyer
(“Holocaust narratives,” Comment & Opinion, September 29) says anger is
rarely expressed when writing about the Holocaust.
Although this is
understandable, it is a little difficult to digest.
I believe that
mankind in general, and the Jewish people in particular, still cannot grasp the
sheer dimension of the Holocaust.
The mind just cannot cope with the
Perhaps in a generation or so, when survivors’ grandchildren and
great-grandchildren have grown up, someone will say, Why wasn’t someone angry?
Petah Tikva Letters about letters
Sir, – With regard to “Drug of last
resort” (Letters, September 29), treatment resistance in schizophrenia remains a
major unmet challenge of modern medicine despite the use of clozapine for more
than three decades.
Clozapine is a unique atypical antipsychotic that in
some cases may alleviate symptoms of treatment- resistant patients. In general,
patients who do not respond significantly to other presently available
antipsychotics and do not have medical or other contraindications should be
offered a trial with clozapine.
Measurements of clozapine serum levels
may be informative, particularly in regard to safety issues. Unfortunately, as
worldwide research and psychiatric practice indicate, clozapine use is not
devoid of significant efficacy and safety drawbacks. A high percentage of
patients do not respond even to clozapine, and many treatment-refractory
inpatients are actually maintained on it.
Overall, routine measurement of
antipsychotic serum levels was not shown to improve outcome.
a major contribution to the relatively reduced use of clozapine is built in its
unfavorable side effects profile. Of particular concern are potentially
life-threatening alterations in white blood count, necessitating under present
regulations repeated blood draws and monitoring.
With many patients, due
mainly to non-compliance and paucity of support systems, the implementation of
these procedures is impractical, further resulting in clozapine
The writer is director of the
psychiatry department at Herzog Memorial Hospital
Sir, – I write in reference to
“Priorities first” (Letters, September 29). While I fully agree that Jews should
be living in Israel, why in the world would someone want to scuttle another’s
option for being buried in the Holy Land? Jacob Mendlovic says he would allow
for the burial of those he terms “illustrious.” Care to define that? Would that
be someone who does not engage in lashon hara (idle gossip), or perhaps someone
who is kind to his wife and children at all times? Maybe to be illustrious one
needs to have attended a minyan every day.
In addition, Mendlovic states
that the land where these individuals are being buried “will be needed for other
Does the writer think that land in a cemetery will be needed
for a corner grocery or perhaps a bank? What other purposes could land set aside
as a cemetery serve? ZE’EV M. SHANDALOV
Ma’aleh AdumimYou can breathe
Your editorial “Obama’s misguided linkage” (September 27) states that the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be solved until US President Barack Obama
and other world leaders realize that it is Islamic extremism that is
perpetuating the conflict and fueling violence throughout the Middle East and
I suggest you do not hold your breath hoping Obama will ever
accept your premise. While other world leaders might, his numerous speeches
praising Islam, his bowing before the Saudi king and his clear statement that
America has never been and will never be at war with Islam should be enough to
convince you.MONTY M. ZION
Tel Mond Surefire incentive
Sir, – Just this
once I agree with David Newman (“Succot celebrations in the Jewish state,”
Borderline Views, September 24) in that the three-day festivities outside Israel
are indeed a punishment.
I would like to go further and suggest, with
some Talmudic basis, that the rabbis should declare Yom Kippur to be a twoday
fast outside Israel. This would undoubtedly increase aliya.MICHAEL
Elazar No arms sales
Sir, – In reading “China’s inscrutability in
the Middle East” (Comment & Features, September 22), I was dismayed to
discover a statement that is patently false: “...Israel is now the second-largest
provider of military armaments to China.”
The fact of the matter is,
Israel does not sell any military material to China. This has been the case
since 2005 under a legal agreement with the US Defense Department – an agreement
US and Israeli officials take very seriously to avoid the sort of major
diplomatic crises that occurred in 1999 and 2005 with American anger at the sale
of Israeli military technology to China.
A cursory level of research will
easily confirm these facts, as will conversation with informed government
Unless evidence of weapons sales surfaces, it is simply false
and potentially damaging to Israel’s ties with China and the US to suggest that
a Sino-Israeli arms relationship exists.SAM CHESTER
is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and
an expert on China-Middle East affairs