MY HAIKU WAS FINE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Thanks for pub­lish­ing my haiku ( JC, April 4). How­ever I’m un­clear why you needed to add the “We de­plore such wrong-headed and of­fen­sive analo­gies” dis­claimer. Not only did I make no anal­ogy or “crude com­par­i­son” be­tween Is­rael and the Nazis, I ar­tis­ti­cally high­lighted the dan­ger­ous im­pli­ca­tions of the fact that an Is­raeli gov­ern­ment min­is­ter, Matan Vil­nai, had just done so.

Cu­ri­ously, your news­pa­per ap­pears not to have con­demned Vil­nai’s com­ments at the time as any­thing more se­ri­ous than a “PR calamity”. I would sug­gest that any wrong-head­ed­ness and of­fen­sive­ness here, not to men­tion hypocrisy and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, lie in the eye of the be­holder. Arthur Neslen Ra­mal­lah, PA

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