HAMAS CALLS ITS ENEMIES ‘JEWS’ NOT ISRAELIS
It is with dismay and deep disappointment that I read the open letter published by Lady Dahrendorf et al in the Financial Times (July 17, “Israel has to end its blockade and respect Arab rights”). The writers give the impression that if only Israel were to lift the blockade over Gaza peace would reign in the Middle East. Alas, if only it were so simple. When Israel occupied Gaza, until the unilateral withdrawal from all of Gaza in 2005, similar calls were made — if only Israel were to end its occupation. Now that there is no occupation of Gaza, and there hasn’t been one for eight years, it is the blockade which is the barrier to peace. Will lifting the blockade really change the minds of Hamas, in whose official charter is the stated aim of destroying Israel completely?
I am sorry to hear that, as Jews, the writers are appalled, and they seem to think that Israel is acting “in their name”. Israel is responding, as any sovereign nation would respond, to missile attacks aimed at killing and injuring its civilian population — this time across the entire country. Israel is not acting in the name of Jews living in the safety and security of the United Kingdom.
Incidentally, the last time London was repeatedly bombed, Britain responded by attacking cities in its adversary’s country.
The only real connection between Gaza and British Jewry is that when Hamas people speak of their sworn enemies, they refer to them as “Al Yahood” (the Jews), not “the Israelis”. So yes, the misguided writers are indeed involved, but not in the way they believe they are. Thankfully, the majority of the Jewish community in the UK see the situation for what it really is and don’t engage in the robotic response of automatically condemning Israel. Yuval Yashiv Goldhurst Terrace London NW6