GALA’S MIXED REVIEWS
I believe the choice of Jackie Mason at the Zionist Federation’s Gala Show was immensely misguided ( JC, May 2). I understand that comedy is about “pushing boundaries” but does anyone find homophobic, racist and stereotypical material funny today? I was especially embarrassed that the police and arena staff heard the derogative word schwarzer uttered several times. Let us not forget that this was a showcase event organised and sponsored by the establishment of British Jewry. We’re quick to complain about comments such as those by Ken Livingstone and against Avram Grant, but as a community shouldn’t we at least practice what we preach? Jonathan May Friern Mount Drive, London N20
I attended Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration at Wembley, with 7,500 others. The evening started almost an hour late. We were then “entertained” by Jackie Mason, whose comments on blacks and homosexuals were worthy of the late Bernard Manning. Following some amateurish film presentations (the film was blurred and the voices distorted), the comperes informed us of the really outstanding Israeli achievement in her 60 years existence — her record in the Eurovision Song Contest. Delightful though it was to be reminded of the quality of the songs, some of us felt this was not Israel’s supreme achievement.
The second half’s vocal performance by Sarit Hadad was superb, but is pop music Israel’s only asset?
Where was the inspiration and the true sense of history? The only moment in the whole evening that did anything for me was to join in with 7,500 people singing Hatikva. Ian Kay Wembley Park Drive, Wembley HA9
I would like to congratulate the ZF for its excellent celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary at Wembley Arena. While skating dangerously close to being politically incorrect, the comic Jackie Mason was extremely funny, at the last moment complimenting rather than insulting the groups he was talking about. The climax of the show was Sarit Hadad, whose wonderful singing together with the exciting rhythms of her band soon had the audience dancing in the aisles.
The whole event was very well organised, and the police and the CST excelled. Nomi Benari Sevington Road, London NW4
The ticket puller no doubt was Jackie Mason. I haven’t seen him for years. In my opinion he is like Peter Pan and doesn’t look any older, and he is so funny, we loved him. Naomi Fenton South Woodford, London E18