September 27: Diplomatic impunity

Would she dare do this to a policeman in Britain or in any other EU country? I wonder what Catherine Ashton would then have to say.

Letters 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Letters 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Diplomatic impunity
Sir, – While diplomats may have diplomatic immunity, this surely does not include ignoring the laws of the countries they are accredited to (“EU angry at Israel for ‘mistreating’ its diplomats in West Bank on Friday,” September 22).
We have a well-developed Western style system of justice, and just as the European Union and other countries expect Israel to follow judgments to remove Jewish citizens from some outposts, we expect that the EU and all the other countries support us when the decision relates to non-Jewish citizens.
I am sure that by now most of us have seen the video in which the so-called French diplomat hits the Israeli soldier in the face.
Would she dare do this to a policeman in Britain or in any other EU country? I wonder what Catherine Ashton would then have to say.
Why was this woman, as well as the other participating diplomatic provocateurs, not immediately declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave the country? Sadly, since the late prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, we have had no leaders with enough backbone to stand up to those who claim to be friends but show this in a very odd way.EMANUEL FISCHER Jerusalem
Celebrating Succot
Sir, – While reading “Succot celebrations in the Jewish state” (Borderline Views, September 24), I was reminded that our family came on aliya during Succot more than 50 years ago. David Newman is amazed that because it is a week-long holiday, non-religious people go away instead of sitting in a succa and enjoying the Jewish feeling of the festival. As a normal state, it is bound to be a mixture of religious and non-religious types.
However, coming from the United Kingdom we were not used to celebrating Succot outside because of the weather. Therefore, being keen Zionists and in spite of giving up a comfortable home and a good job, we brought three small children under the age of five here in order for them to start school in kita alef (first grade) and feel like those who were born here.
After the flight and the taxi from Ben-Gurion Airport we arrived at a family ulpan in Netanya and everyone was sitting outside under colored lights. I thought we had come to a nightclub by mistake.
Someone said, “This is Succot in Israel!” A lady from London popped her head through the window of the taxi and offered us a cup of tea.
That was my introduction to Israel.HILARY GATOFF Herzliya Pituah
Equal rights
Sir, – When will Israel finally take into account the lack of equal rights for its Jewish population? Reporter Ben Hartman (“Hatikva residents feel abandoned by state, court ruling,” September 18) wrote about the anger and disappointment felt by residents of south Tel Aviv following the Supreme Court decision to cancel the antiinfiltration law.
It is no secret that these residents live in fear, with good reason, due to the infiltration of their neighborhoods.
While claiming to be doing what’s morally right by treating foreigners with respect, the legislators are perpetuating a gradual and profound deterioration in the quality of life of Israeli citizens by putting their needs second to those of the infiltrators.
It shouldn’t be considered racist to call a spade a spade by acknowledging the serious rise in crime – including rape and murder – in south Tel Aviv due to the infiltration. Many fear to leave their homes.
Let’s try to be humane while respecting the lives of our own people and focusing on their safety first and foremost.
LINDA BECK Jerusalem