Sir, – Isi Leibler’s “Anti-Semitism in Belgium reaches new
heights” (Candidly Speaking, September 25) is yet another warning for European
For Hitler to have succeeded in world domination he would have
had to destroy democracy. History has also proved that no democratically elected
government that allows rabid anti-Semitism to go unchecked can
Ridding the world of barely 15 million Jews – whose existence
has been the catalyst that keeps democracy alive – will be essential for the
Muslim caliphate to become fully functional. Most assuredly this will happen
unless politicians in Europe realize that the history of the 1930s is being
replayed and there is now a race to see which European country becomes an
Islamic state.KALMAN BOOKMAN
Sir, – I usually
appreciate Isi Leibler’s columns. However, as a survivor of the Shoa thanks to
Belgium’s Christian heroes, I must say that his most recent column was not
Only two days before, Belgian Ambassador John
Cornet d’Elzius made some important statements in your pages (“Belgian
anti-Semitism,” Letters, September 23). I don’t want to minimize the importance
of combating anti-Semitism, in particular in Belgium, but Leibler needs at the
same time to recognize, appreciate and encourage all actions coming from Belgian
authorities, as described by the ambassador.
Other European countries
don’t have the courage to do even part of that.THOMAS COHN
Priorities first Sir, – Rabbi Philip Berg, founder of the highly controversial
Kabbala centers and a resident of Los Angeles, was buried in Safed (“Kunis,
Kutcher attend Berg funeral,” News in Brief, September 20). Similarly, many Jews
who live their lives in America or Europe are buried in Israel.
and more land will be needed for other purposes, the country should ban burials
of Diaspora Jews. It is not a right but a privilege that should be reserved for
The living should have priority over the
Toronto Accepting the other
Sir, – With regard to
“Intermarriage” (Editorial, September 20), fighting this phenomenon requires
strong ties with the State of Israel, and I completely agree with you. However,
without fighting racism in our midst this enterprise would be null and
As for intermarriage in an open society being inescapable, only
acceptance of the other will provide Judaism the powerful tool of showing the
world the true values of our tradition.
Unfortunately, a majority of Jews
still think that anti-Semitism is like a fatality and that the walls of the
ghetto have to be strengthened.
Until when will Jewish leaders keep their
eyes closed and continue to promote a policy that obviously does not work? The
choice, as presented by the editorial, is between weakening the ability of
Judaism to perpetuate itself by rejecting those who decide to marry out of the
community, and perpetuating the inability of the Jewish people to show itself in
the magnificence of its traditions by turning young people away from their
dreams of a normal life.
The creation of the State of Israel was
paramount to such a desire, but spending millions of dollars on Birthright
programs will, unfortunately, not make a difference. Fighting racism is a much
harder task but is the only way to attract to Judaism members of the tribe as
well as their non-Jewish spouses.DENIS FRENKEL
Sir, – David M. Weinberg’s “Emasculating America”
(Observations, September 20) is so ridiculous that it deserves a
President Barack Obama took a very courageous gamble in sending
American forces to kill Osama bin Laden. He has killed many additional terrorist
leaders using drone strikes.
Obama has also ended a disastrous Iraq
involvement that is estimated to end up costing the US at least $3 trillion, in
addition to the loss of 4,500 American and over 100,000 Iraqi lives. He will
soon end US involvement in Afghanistan.
Through the persistent efforts of
Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel and Palestinians, after years of failed
attempts, are again at the negotiating table.
While many readers will not
regard this as positive, I believe a comprehensive, sustainable resolution of
the conflict is essential to enable Israel to avert renewed conflict,
effectively respond to its economic, environmental and other domestic problems,
and remain both a Jewish and a democratic state.
Obama entered office
with the US and the world on the brink of a depression, with over 750,000 US
jobs being lost per month. He helped stabilize the American economy such that
there have been positive private sector job gains in the past 40 consecutive
months despite consistent Republican efforts to have him fail.
previous presidents, Obama is far from perfect, but to claim that he is
purposely trying to weaken America’s standing worldwide is
outrageous.RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ
Ma’aleh Adumim/New York
Sir, – To suggest
that the president of the US is making a project of weakening American influence
in the world must rank among one of the most ignorant and politically motivated
things I have read.
Barack Obama inherited from his Republican
predecessor a situation that in military and political terms left America in a
mess. There is now a president with a view to restoring the credibility of that
To blame Obama for the failings of an extreme group of
neocons is an insult to the intelligence of any reasonable-minded
Netanya Drug of last resort
Sir, – In “Glutamate,
the next psychiatric revolution” (Health & Science, September 15), Prof.
Uriel Heresco-Levy is quoted as saying: “Today, most of the inpatients have
schizophrenia resistant to drugs.”
Unfortunately, no mention is made of
clozapine, which, despite its age (it dates back to 1959), is still undisputedly
the foremost drug for the treatment of drug-resistant
Currently in Israel, clozapine is underused. I am 100
percent sure that Prof. Heresco-Levy is well aware of this, but I expect that
99% of the readers of The Jerusalem Post are not.
Not all patients
respond positively to clozapine. This poses a very serious problem, as clozapine
is the drug of last resort and when it fails, no alternative is currently
available. Therefore, all efforts should be taken to prevent the unnecessary
failure of clozapine treatment.
One way in which treatment fails is when,
for one reason or another, adequately dosed clozapine does not lead to an
adequate concentration of clozapine in the blood. The only way to ascertain
adequate levels is to measure them.
No such measurement is possible in
Israel because the method has not yet become available in any of the country’s
laboratories. This is in sharp contrast to the practice of laboratories in the
developed world. Israel needs to allow for the measurement of clozapine levels
in at least one laboratory.
In the meantime, many hospitalized patients
can benefit from improved clozapine treatment and be discharged to live on their
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands The writer is a
psychiatrist and member of the Dutch Clozapine Collaboration group
Dr. Alexander Lerner is director of orthopedics at Ziv Medical Center, and not
as stated in “Wounded 8-year-old Syrian girl walks again after treatment at
Safed hospital” (September 24).