PROTEST AND COUNTER-PROTEST AND WEARING ONE’S HEART ON ONE’S WRIST
I wrote in this newspaper two weeks ago that the failure of the Ahava and Sodastream shops to seek a civil injunction from the High Court, stopping the pro-Palestinian agitators who were relentlessly picketing their businesses, was a direct cause of those shops closing down.
I wrote that the owners had been penny-wise but pound-foolish in not wanting to pay legal fees,, with the inevitable result.
This picketing is happening right now at the Kedem shop in the centre of Manchester. Ruthlessly determined and professional in their organisation, these agitators are now preventing innocent shoppers from using the Kedem store without harassment.
I have organised a team of solicitors and barristers, not myself, and private detectives (necessary for filming and collecting the evidence) who are willing to test this matter in the High Court at a fraction of market rates.
We urgently need £36,000 to launch this action which the shop say they cannot afford. I urgently appeal now to community benefactors who will realise the importance of creating this precedent in court and will donate the necessary funds. Jonathan Goldberg QC firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been involved in the Manchester protests outside Kedem Cosmetics. I was upset to see our protest included in an article about attacks on UK Jews ( News, July 25). It is certainly not an action aimed against the Jewish community. It is an economic protest against Israeli policy.
For the past several days, there have been counter-demonstrations by people holding the Israeli flag. Some of these people have behaved very badly. I’m a small young woman, and today one of the demonstrators spat at me, twice, as I was sitting silently with my placard.
I have been called a Nazi more times than I can count, which, as a dedicated anti-fascist and antiracist campaigner, I find offensive and hurtful. A woman from Jews for Justice was called a “traitor” and a “Jewish thug”. As we read a list of names of dead Gazan children, the counter-protesters danced and cheered at each name read.
I do not believe that these people are in any way representative of the British Jewish community. I truly hope that your readers will recognise that, even if they disagree with our protest, we are motivated by humanitarian concerns, grief and hope, and not by hatred of any kind. Elinor Rooks Lytham Rd, Manchester
Councillor Barry Kushner equating Liverpool with Israel ( Letters, July 25) is bizarre in the extreme. No rockets fly across from Birkenhead and no Hamas terrorists are using the Mersey Tunnel. His letter is actually the latest in a long line of self-flagellating Jews who have decided to place the blame squarely on Israel. How about some reciprocity for Israel’s victims of terror and for the traumatised children sheltering from rocket attacks in Sderot?
We know that Hamas terrorists dress up in IDF uniforms to kill Israelis. We know that some tunnels reach right into the heart of kibbutzim to threaten the lives of women and children. I know of no Israeli, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, who does not long for peace, and this also applies to Chief Rabbi Mirvis. As far as I can see nobody is threatening Liverpool, except perhaps Manchester United! Malvyn Benjamin Downage, Hendon, NW4
Where, please, can I purchase “Protect Israel” or similar wristbands which I could wear on the bowls green? John Tilsiter Letchmore Road Radlett, Herts