A Swedish organ transplant
Sir, - Earlier this year, Swedish journalist Donald BostrÃ¶m published unfounded allegations of the systematic killing of Palestinian Arabs as part of an official Israeli organ-trafficking industry. He has since admitted that he has no evidence to support his allegations, and according to "Bostrom scraps organ theft allegations" (online edition, November 12), is now reassessing his stance on the issue following his recent visit to Israel. He has had a change of heart, quite simply.
Perhaps there has been some organ trafficking, after all.
Sir, - Has an American robin (Turdus migratorius) similar to the one pictured alongside Steve Linde's article ("Where are you robin?" November 12) really been turning up at the Jerusalem Bird Observatory? That would be a sensation. Seems much more likely to have been the common "European" robin (Erithacus rubecula).
The editor writes: Indeed, the absent bird looks more like this.
Road carnage: Let good citizens help
Sir, - Many of the ideas in the November 12 editorial "Road warriors" were on target. The issue is getting some quick action and not being dissuaded by the police, the courts or the attorneys who protect traffic criminals.
Many of us see and are infuriated at cars weaving on highways as a cellphone is being used; at the disrgarding of crosswalks, stop and yield signs and traffic lights; at parking in zones that creates an obvious danger.
Many of us would be pleased to document violations if our diligence could result in tickets being issued or at least becoming a part of the record when a ticket is issued. We may not have the time or inclination to serve in the Auxiliary Police but, like all good citizens, when we see a crime we want to report it.
Why can't a program in this vein be initiated? There are thousands of pairs of eyes and hands willing to look for and report traffic infractions. Motor vehicles have become lethal weapons in the hands of a few -but many of us would like to help confront the danger. Citizens' actions can go long way in supplementing our overworked and understaffed police.
STEPHEN J. KOHN
Derfner, wake up...
Sir, - Hizbullah has said very clearly that it has missiles that can hit not only Tel Aviv but all of Israel. Israel has now intercepted and removed from a ship weaponry in such quantities that even the foreign ambassadors viewing it were appalled. Why, then, is Larry Derfner worried about Israel's interception of a ship that was in violation of United Nations Security Council rules ("Picking fights at sea," November 12)?
He should be cheering the interception and praying that Israel would continue being vigilant in maintaining its security. He should be troubled by a world that continues to want to undermine Israel's existence. Mr. Derfner, wake up!
... You've got to be kidding
Sir, - You gotta admire Derfner's sense of humor. Who could argue with the logic of letting our enemies arm to the hilt? After all, we have better armaments. The fact that each missile could mean the death of additional Israelis doesn't really count in the big picture. And fair is fair, if Hizbullah sees we aren't letting it get all the armaments it wants, it will almost certainly become very upset and do terrible things to us, and it will serve us right! And our government will probably get used to stopping illegal arms shipments, get into the habit, and who knows, perhaps all this will cause our MKs sleepless nights.
The solution is clear. We should share. Let's make sure our enemy gets shipments of (almost) equal destructive value. Then they won't be upset and we won't have to feel guilty. I understand the SS Jerusalem is at the loading dock right now.