x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Palestinian history in the making

Britain doesn't have the right to put conditions on the Palestinian bid for UN non-member status, a reader writes. Other topics: blocking mobile phones, the Dhaka fire tragedy, and the perils of child stardom.

As Mahmoud Abbas arrives at the United Nations to make the case for Palestinian non-member status, a reader says the United Kingdom is wrong to put conditions on its support for the bid. John Minchillo / AP
As Mahmoud Abbas arrives at the United Nations to make the case for Palestinian non-member status, a reader says the United Kingdom is wrong to put conditions on its support for the bid. John Minchillo / AP

Britain wrong to put conditions on its support

I am writing in reference to France declares support for Palestinian UN status (November 28).

TheGuardian newspaper reported this week that Britain "is prepared to back a key vote recognising Palestinian statehood at the United Nations if Mahmoud Abbas pledges not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume peace talks."

But why should Israel not be pursued for alleged war crimes in Gaza?

Why should those reportedly responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 civilians in 2008 not face justice before the International Criminal Court?

And why is David Cameron's government colluding in such an attempt at avoidance?

Is this attempt to evade justice an honourable and democratic position for any British government to take?

Is this an example for a permanent member of the UN Security Council to show to the world?

Douglas Reed, UK

Congratulations to France for taking the correct stance on the Palestinian issue.

By backing the Palestinian bid for non-member status at the United Nations, France is setting a great example to other members of the General Assembly - and, I hope, the Security Council.

The recognition of Palestinian statehood is the only way forward if there is to be any permanent peace in the region.

C Bryant, Abu Dhabi

Blocking phones not the answer

I refer to the letter from Jason Burke, To put safety first, block mobiles in moving cars (November 27).

I think this is a ridiculous idea.

Would the signal be blocked for all passengers too? What about calling for help in an emergency?

I think the idea would be unworkable and impractical.

Neil Roberts, Abu Dhabi

Expatriates feel at home in UAE

I totally agree with Dubai Ruler tweets virtues of being in the UAE (November 27).

After being in Abu Dhabi for 30 years, I feel as if I belong here. I am completely loyal to the UAE and thankful to have such a comfortable life.

R Ghastia, Abu Dhabi

I was very happy to read Britons embrace the UAE (November 28), which notes that many of my countrymen share my great enthusiasm for this young, vibrant nation and the lifestyle it offers.

However, the photograph of people waving union jacks was more than a little at odds with the story.

Like many of my fellow Brits who have spent many years living and working in the Emirates, I shall be proudly waving the UAE flag this weekend.

Ian Dunn, Abu Dhabi

Money won't fill void in star's life

Regarding Two and a Half Men star blasts show (November 28), I tend to agree with young actor Angus T Jones that the show is "filth".

However, it is filth that I can choose not to watch.

What concerns me is the effect stardom at such a young age has had on Jones, who was 9 when the show started and is just 19 now.

He earns $350,000 (Dh1.29 million) an episode and wants for no material thing, yet it appears that he is not happy with his life and is desperately looking for spiritual fulfilment.

I would not wish these circumstances on any young person.

Terri Holt, Dubai

Compensation hope for victims

Dhaka fire puts plight of workers in the spotlight (November 28) is a sad story.

The factory accident not only claimed 112 lives but also inflicted terrible losses to Bangladesh, as the garment industry is a major source of revenue for that nation.

The factory owners are also key players in national politics, and I hope that the victims are properly compensated.

K Ragavan, India

Religious values must come first

I am writing in response to Trying to define abuse against women (November 27).

Cultural and Islamic values are two different things and Islamic values must prevail.

N Al Fatah, Abu Dhabi

Visa re-evaluation a welcome move

In reference to your editorial Re-evaluation of visa rules is the right move (November 26), it's good to see the principle of reciprocity is being requested by the UAE.

I hope that the UAE will apply the same principle to citizens of other countries who currently have difficulty getting tourist visas to come here.

M Carr, Abu Dhabi