TOO LITTLE TOO LATE FOR ISRAEL ADVOCACY
In endeavouring to put Israel’s case in public, Geoffrey Alderman and Bicom ( JC, April 18) are voices crying in the wilderness. Both are 60 years too late.
Does it really matter now whether Jews legally purchased land in Palestine from the Arabs? For 60 years, and with unlimited funds at their disposal, Arab propoganda has saturated the media and world opinion with lies. For the past 60 years, the silence emanating from Jewish and Israel media contradicting Arab propaganda was deafening. Meanwhile, Arab children were brought up on a diet of hatred after the Naqba (catastrophe). The catastrophe for the Arabs was when five of their well-armed nations failed to destroy the tiny newborn Jewish state in 1948. It was a terrible war: 6,000 Jews were killed — one per cent of Israel’s population. But for the Arabs, it was a bitter pill to swallow and they have never forgotten or forgiven. Is it any wonder that Israel has always had to defend itself? One chink in that shield would lead to innocent Jewish lives to be torn to shreds. Injustices, yes, but how does one react to a pregnant woman wearing an explosives belt?
So far, Palestinian leaders have failed to motivate their people to accept a peaceful solution. Is there an Arab out there who is not prejudiced and would courageously lead his people away from their foolish ideology of conquest, who would accelerate a movement away from hatred to the acceptance of Israel? If there was such a person of that stature and wisdom, the rewards would be staggeringly beneficial. Stanley Medicks Co-ordinator, British & European Machal Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike Professor Geoffrey Alderman, I did attend the Bicom Advocacy for Israel Conference but nevertheless agree with his in absentia comments. It is alarming that there is no training within Bicom on the “why” to put forward Israel’s case. What has to be recognised is that we are involved in Arab psychological warfare against all Jews, the aim being to isolate Israel and weaken support of the Zionist state from Jewish diaspora communities, thus to separate the two camps.
Arab and pro-Arab propaganda is first and foremost directed to, and for, Jews’ consumption, and regrettably those who are unaware of this are manipulated and swayed by the prejudiced and biased reports in the media. It is curious that not one Bicom staffer at the conference made any reference to what the organisation had, since its inception, been able to rectify and when they had made a difference for Israel. Leila Cumber Hendon Lane, London N3 Please note that individual letters cannot be acknowledged. Letters may be edited. The email address for correspondence is: email@example.com. All correspondents are requested to supply their postal address, even when writing by email.