ISRAEL CRITICS’ ‘FURY’ WHY ON A FRIDAY?
In his predominately sympathetic review of A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity, Michael PintoDuschinsky is stretching the reader’s credulity too far ( JC, September 19).
He writes that most of the essayists “have a strong Jewish identity which they express in different ways” and that the book’s leitmotif is the right of British Jews to disagree publicly with Israel’s actions, as well as dissatisfaction for institutions such as the Board of Deputies for being “overly prescriptive”.
The harsh truth is that here is a group of people whose Jewish identity is defined by their dislike of Israel, and whose complaint that they are silenced is a just a camouflage for their frustration at their inability to win over the majority view.
It is their fury that they are challenged successfully in the public domain by the British Jewish establishment which drives them to ever new initiatives in their determination to remain in the public eye. As far as they are concerned, freedom of speech is a one-way street. Roslyn Pine Upper Park Road, Manchester
Could someone involved with the Aviv Geffen London show please explain the thought process and rationale of promoting a show by “Israel’s Shining Star for One Night Only” on a Friday night? Surely even the more traditional within our community would want to attend on this evening? And surely our community would make up a large percentage of his audience? As a Jew in the entertainment industry, I am puzzled. Steven Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
I stood in the crowd waiting for Paul McCartney after his successful and welcome concert in Tel Aviv. As he got into the car, someone in the crowd shouted, “Thank you Paul, you are a true hero”. And that is just what he is. It takes courage not to jump on the current bandwagon that seeks to demonise and delegitimise Israel. It takes courage to stand up to intimidation and to visit a country when there are those who threaten to kill you merely for doing so. So thank you, Sir Paul, you really are a true hero. Ruth Leveson Flamstead, Hertfordshire AL3