SACKS ON JEW-HA­TRED

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

The Chief Rabbi’s es­say de­scribes much of the his­tor­i­cal ori­gins of an­ti­semitism cor­rectly. But it is a sad omis­sion, in­deed a re­gret­table self-de­cep­tion, that he fails to ac­knowl­edge a ma­jor root of an­ti­semitism to­day. For to­day’s an­ti­semitism, grow­ing world­wide as he says, is no longer be­ing vis­ited on a peo­ple who are in­no­cent vic­tims. It is be­ing created by our own selves, or more pre­cisely by our fel­low Jews who rule the state of Is­rael.

We can­not go on de­lud­ing our­selves that we are in­no­cent vic­tims. Stan­ley Wa­linets Barnard Cas­tle, Co Durham DL12

Sir Jonathan Sacks makes the fol­low­ing as­ser­tion: “To­day the supreme source of le­git­i­macy is hu­man rights. That is why Jews (or the Jewish state) are ac­cused of the five pri­mal sins against hu­man rights: racism, apartheid, eth­nic cleans­ing, at­tempted geno­cide and crimes against hu­man­ity.” To de­lib­er­ately en­deav­our to make di­as­pora Jewry syn­ony­mous with the state of Is­rael is un­for­giv­able and a step too far — es­pe­cially for a Chief Rabbi. As he knows full well, Jews are ab­so­lutely not ac­cused of racism, apartheid, eth­nic cleans­ing, at­tempted geno­cide and crimes against hu­man­ity. It is the gov­ern­ment of Is­rael that is ac­cused by so many. Ob­vi­ously there are those in the di­as­pora who sup­port Is­raeli gov­ern­ment pol­icy, but Sir Jonathan would do well not to al­low him­self to be­come con­fused. The Is­raeli elec­torate is re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of its own gov­ern­ment and con­se­quently for any ad­verse crit­i­cism (or worse) that en­sues — and not Jewry, per se. Michael Halpern West­gate Park, West­bourne, Dorset BH4

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