National Geographic : 1984 Jun
Members Forum Jordan The article about Jordan (February 1984) was excellent, but I was surprised at Thomas Aber crombie's need for two passports to avoid an Israeli stamp in one in case he wished to return to an Arab country. When my wife and I crossed the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge from Jordan in October 1982, the Israeli border guards stamped a piece of paper and inserted it in her Canadian and my U. S. passport. This allowed us to return to other Arab countries, including Syria. Edward P. Kinney El Cerrito, California People who cross the borderoften, such as jour nalists and businessmen, usually carry double documents to avoiddelay and to ensure thattheir "real"passportis not stamped by mistake, a rec ommendation of the U. S. Department of State. While it may be true that the West Bank is not Is rael, it is also not Jordan. Jordan took it by con quest in 1948, as Israel occupied itin 1967. It was supposed to be part of the Arab state carved out of Palestine west of the Jordan River. There is some question whether material on the West Bank, or Judaea and Samaria, belongs in an arti cle on Jordan at all. Rabbi George M. Stern Valley Cottage, New York The caption on page 260 of the February issue re fers to the mass suicide of the last Jewish defend ers of Herodium. This actually took place on Masada in A.D. 73. Its defenders, almost a thou sand men, women, and children, chose to com mit suicide rather than fall into Roman hands. Sheldon Somerstein Bayside, New York On page 260 the picture obviously shows Masa da, the Jewish fortress that fell to the Romans in A.D.73 after the 960 Zealot defenders, rather than surrender, committed mass suicide. This is well documented and reported by the historian Josephus Flavius. Hans E. Schapira New York, New York We did not move Masada to the West Bank, as some of our readers have suggested. The photo graph is of Herodium, one of the last three for tresses held by the Zealots, the other two being Whirlpool Tech-Care® service: Keeping the dream alive. At Whirlpool, we know that a home appliance isn't much good ifyou can't get the proper service when you need it. That's why we're so proud of our Tech-Care service. Consisting of about 5,000 independently owned franchised service companies across the United States, Whirlpool Tech-Care service assures our customers of quality service for their appliances. To ensure that the most up-to date service is available, our Tech-Care service personnel are required to have the latest in tech nical training and equipment. Advanced training is TECH CE avail able at the Whirlpool Educational Center from instructors who have had field expe rience themselves. Plus, there's a Tech-Care National Advisory Board designed to improve the quality of service to our customers. And our Whirlpool Instant Service Parts pro gram for fast parts delivery. We want you to be happy with any Whirlpool home appliance you may own. Our Tech-Care service, listed in most Yellow Pages, helps to make sure you are. Whirlpol Home Appliances Making your world a little easier.