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Having been a sub­scriber for some 50 years, I did not take the JC last week for rea­sons that I do not need to spell out to you.

You could not have been ig­no­rant of the fact that Is­lamic Re­lief World­wide is a con­stituent mem­ber of the DEC, and that its branches in Gaza and the West Bank have links to Ha­mas. In essence, you have en­cour­aged your read­ers to sup­port an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps fund Ha­mas and of­fers it moral as well as fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Ha­mas is at­tempt­ing to oblit­er­ate the State of Is­rael.

How do you jus­tify your ac­tion? How do you think the be­reaved Is­raeli families and wounded sol­diers feel about the ma­jor or­gan of Bri­tish Jewry en­cour­ag­ing the col­lec­tion of funds for Ha­mas?

Funds may in­deed be sent for humanitarian ef­fort but we know ex­actly how that term is construed by Ha­mas!

Let the tens of thou­sands who have demon­strated in the Euro­pean cap­i­tals put their money where their mouth is. That should pro­vide ad­e­quate “humanitarian sup­port” for the cit­i­zens of Gaza. Rabbi Dr Jef­frey M Co­hen jef­frey@jef­freymichael­co­hen.co.uk

Let Euro pro­test­ers make do­na­tions to Gaza

I re­ally can­not get my brain around why you pub­lished an ad­vert on be­half of DEC. I do hope that you will make a do­na­tion equiv­a­lent to the re­tail value of the ad­vert. If you do not, to say words fail me would be a gross un­der­state­ment. Cum­ber­land Gar­dens Lon­don NW4

I found your ad­ver­tise­ment for the Gaza cause deeply of­fen­sive. It se­ri­ously un­der­mines the po­si­tion of the Is­raeli army and over­looks the suf­fer­ing of their families who have been be­reaved.

I doubt very much that any Bri­tish news­pa­per with an iota of ed­i­to­rial rea­son­ing would have taken an ad­vert dur­ing the 1939-1945 war spon­sored by the Nazis and as­sorted hench­men.


What pos­sessed the JC to carry an ad to raise funds for a self-in­flicted war?

I have no doubt that money raised for Gaza will end up in the hands of Ha­mas only to be used to fund more ter­ror­ism against Is­rael.

I did won­der if you had taken the ad­vert and were go­ing to do­nate the fee to Is­raelis in­jured in the war. But no, you gave the space for free.

I won­der how many Is­lamic weekly news­pa­pers will be pro­vid­ing their read­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate money for Is­raelis in­jured by Ha­mas in the war.

I’d guess none.

Whitchurch Lane Edg­ware HA8

Com­pas­sion is a core part of our Jewish iden­tity. It stops at no bor­der. In this spirit, we were heart­ened to see the JC give promi­nence to the Dis­as­ters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee Gaza ap­peal.

We are dis­mayed that the pa­per felt com­pelled to apol­o­gise for having of­fended some of its read­er­ship when we be­lieve there is noth­ing to apol­o­gise for.

Re­gard­less of who one may think is to blame for the cur­rent round of vi­o­lence between Is­rael and Gaza, in­no­cent civil­ians caught up in fight­ing de­serve our com­pas­sion as Jews.

We urge you to con­tinue to use the JC to reach across di­vides, and to not let a small but vo­cal mi­nor­ity in­flu­ence you oth­er­wise. Lord Jeremy Beecham Alex Gold­berg Rabbi Jeremy Gordon Can­tor Zoe Ja­cobs Jeremy Newmark Ni­cholas Saphir Ray­mond Si­mon­son Han­nah Weisfeld Rabbi Jonathan Wit­ten­berg and 534 oth­ers

As a Manch­ester Jewish ci­ti­zen, I am ap­palled at the ad­vert for Gaza. How dare you put that in a Jewish pa­per. What is that say­ing? It is say­ing that Is­rael is killing the civil­ians of Pales­tine.

You have re­ally up­set the Jewish com­mu­nity and I for one will not be buy­ing your pa­per ever again and hope­fully all the Jewish com­mu­nity will do the same.

We are demon­strat­ing ev­ery day in Manch­ester’s King Street and the abuse and re­marks we get from the pro-Pales­tinian peo­ple is be­yond be­lief. Peo­ple who shout ob­scen­i­ties at us are be­yond be­lief; the man who did a Nazi salute at us is be­yond be­lief. The ha­tred against us is un­be­liev­able .

And for you, a Jewish pa­per, to put an ad­vert in like that is also un­be­liev­able.

Shame on you. Ca­role Sewel­son ca­role.sewel­son@out­look.com

How dare you put that in the pa­per

Having been numbed by the sheer vol­ume of full-page ap­peals for Gaza in the na­tional press, I was aghast and ap­palled to see such an in­ser­tion in your news­pa­per.

Surely you must be aware that many of the or­gan­i­sa­tions form­ing the DEC have done their best to un­der­mine Is­rael.

It is well doc­u­mented that much for­eign aid ends up lin­ing the pock­ets of Ha­mas and be­ing used to ac­quire weapons.

Equally im­por­tant is the fact that this ap­peal acts as a pro­pa­ganda tool to lay the blame solely on Is­rael.

You will no doubt claim that your ac­tion is merely a humanitarian ges­ture, yet I can re­call no such ap­peals for the in­no­cent men women and chil­dren in Is­rael who

Michael Shenker

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