April 16: Holy demolitions?

As a Jerusalemite, I wondered in disbelief at how planning permission was given to build the Holyland complex and watched in incredulity as it grew.

Holy demolitions?
Sir, – As a Jerusalemite, I wondered in disbelief at how planning permission was given to build the Holyland complex and watched in incredulity as it grew and grew (“Former J’lem mayor Lupolianski arrested on suspicion of accepting Holyland bribes,” April 15).
In other parts of our city, the municipality is keen to demolish buildings that do not have the correct building permits, have been illegally erected or were built in inappropriate places. Perhaps in the next few months, we will be seeing the bulldozers move in to raze this monstrosity that mars our skyline.
    NATALIE GILBERT    Jerusalem
Frantzman’s on the money
Sir, – Regarding Seth Frantzman’s article on the double standards employed by left-wing organizations (“From Nataf to Jerusalem,” April 14), I have but one word to say: bingo!
The sound of silence
Sir, – Go, Ed (“A dangerous silence,” April 14)! You are 100-percent correct. Having been a New York resident prior to aliya, it sickens me to “hear the sound of silence” from our own brethren back there. One would think that an article like yours, coming on the heels of Holocaust Remembrance Day, would ignite flames of passion for Israel in the Jews. But sadly, it will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears.
    HOWARD MANN    Acre
An outside solution
Sir, – I appreciate Monty M. Zion stating that I made a strong case, as an American citizen, for supporting the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama (“Obama and Israel,” Letters, April 14). I would like to point out that I have children and grandchildren living in Israel, including one serving proudly in the IDF. Like other Israelis, they do not necessarily agree with all of my positions.
In response to Mr. Zion taking strong issue with my statement that “some thoughtful pressure from the US government is essential to obtain a solution to the current conflicts,” unfortunately the reality seems to be that no solution will be obtained without such pressure. Of course that solution must be consistent with the many statements from Obama and other US leaders that Israel’s security must be maintained.
Some other considerations include: How will Israel solve its many environmental, economic and other domestic problems without a proper resolution of the current conflicts? How will Israel remain both a Jewish and a democratic state if it maintains the West Bank?
Rather than stressing obstacles to a resolution and seeing issues in terms of good versus evil while the situation worsens, isn’t it better to seek common ground and solutions?
At a time when the world is rapidly approaching an unprecedented catastrophe from global warming and other environmental threats and is attempting to get out of the greatest recession since the Great Depression, wouldn’t it be helpful if the world’s attention could be focused on these issues rather than conflicts in the Middle East and other areas?
    RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ        Staten Island
Seeking family
Sir, – Iser Miller was born approximately 1890 in the city of Kovel, which is now a part of the Ukraine Republic.
Around 1910, he fled to the US because he was a communist, and thepolice looked for him to put him in prison. In doing so, he left hiswife, two young daughters and the rest of the family – including mygrandfather Yehuda, his younger brother.
Later on, his wife passed away, and Iser arranged for the two daughtersto brought to him to the US. As far as we know, he remarried andprobably had three children from his second wife, whose name we don’tknow.
One of these children was maybe a painter who lived in San Francisco.
We are looking for Iser’s descendants from his second wife. If anyonehas any information, please share it with me. It would be muchappreciated.
    Tel Aviv