SACKS ON JEW-HATRED
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