WRONG ABOUT ME

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

I am shocked by the slur im­plied in G M Zokante’s let­ter ( Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 24) in which he claims that I “have a soft spot for despots and ter­ror apol­o­gists”. I did not preach a ser­mon in 2004 eu­lo­gis­ing Yasser Arafat as a “man of peace”, as he al­leges, and cer­tainly do not hold such a view. More con­struc­tively, I in­vite G M Zokante to join me and mem­bers of Alyth on the evening of Yom HaZikaron this year (April 27 2009) when, as in past years, we come to­gether to re­mem­ber and mourn those who have been killed in the wars against Is­rael and mur­dered by ter­ror­ist out­rages.

Our Is­rael Com­mit­tee’s in­vi­ta­tion to Pro­fes­sor Has­sas­ian, the Del­e­gate Gen­eral of the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity, to speak at North West­ern Re­form Syn­a­gogue on Novem­ber 12, which I sup­port, is in line with a long tra­di­tion at Alyth of hear­ing those whose views are chal­leng­ing as well as those who are our nat­u­ral part­ners in the build­ing of Is­rael as the Jewish State. Rabbi Mark Gold­smith North West­ern Re­form Syn­a­gogue Alyth Gar­dens, Lon­don NW11

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