Thursday, May 07, 2009

My Letter Appears in The Guardian

My letter made it into today's edition of the Guardian:

Regarding your story "End Palestinian demolitions in Jerusalem, UN tells Israel" (1 May). Of course Israel should end Palestinian demolitions, and I presume you are referring to terror explosions, suicide bombings and attacks by infernal machines like bulldozers.

Yisrael Medad
Shiloh, Mobile Post Efraim, West Bank

Of course, it was the paper that added that "West Bank" label.

At least they don't boycott me.

P.S. To be fair, here are the other letters:

Jonathan Steele is whistling in the wind in advising Barack Obama to behave sensibly, let alone decently, towards Israel (Comment, 5 May). Obama's contemptible silence during the December-January Israeli onslaught on Gaza, together with Hillary Clinton's weird implication that all could be well if only the tunnels from Egypt supplying Hamas with rocket capability could be blocked, demonstrate that on Israel-Palestine there is no more to be hoped for from this new US administration than from its predecessor. With congressional elections 18 months away, Obama's presidency is as much in hock to the blustering American Israeli Public Affairs Committee pressure group as was George W Bush's.

At least Bill Clinton tried, and Bush senior even threatened economic sanctions. No, everything will continue as before. Israel will go on persecuting the Palestinians. The outcome, unless Obama actually does force the Israelis to talk to both Fatah and Hamas, will be an ever-growing Palestinian population until Israeli Jews are outnumbered, and a two-state solution will go off the agenda.

Gerald Kaufman MP
Lab, Manchester Gorton

You don't have to support Israel's occupation of the West Bank to recognise the disingenousness of author David Gardner's justification of Hamas: "There is no legal or moral reason why Hamas ... should recognise a state that refuses to define its boundaries, which are being expanded daily on Palestinian land." Steele quotes approvingly. But Hamas would not recognise Israel within any boundaries. Until it is prepared to do so how can peace be achieved? [that's a good point even from a liberal]

Jeremy Beecham
Vice-chairman, New Israel Fund UK

Jonathan Steele writes that George W Bush's letter encouraging Israel to continue building illegal settlement "was not a treaty or even a bilateral government agreement". This didn't prevent another letter, known as the Balfour Declaration, from determining British policy in Palestine for 30 disastrous years. Drafted by Zionists [and altered and rewritten by the Cabinet] led by the Russian Jew [and chemical scientist who aided Gt. Britain's war effort] Chaim Weizmann, and handed to Balfour to sign, its creation led a Daily Mail editor of the time, JMN Jeffries, to write: "The walls of the Foreign Office without doubt have enclosed many a singular scene, but they might well have inclined together to hide from view the spectacle of a Secretary of State [Balfour] asking a visitor from Russia [Weizmann] to give him a draft of his own Cabinet's measures."

Karl Sabbagh
Newbold on Stour, Warwickshire

They must have been pained to read my letter and be found in company with me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Right up there with the Rebbe. As he said, it's up to us. You make our case to the world. If they are uncomfortable with that, they have only themselves to blame.

And, we have all the help we need.