WRONG ABOUT ME
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