TOO LIT­TLE TOO LATE FOR IS­RAEL AD­VO­CACY

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

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 stan­leymedicks@email.uk.com

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: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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