The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Noth­ing unites Jews more than a rise in an­ti­semitism but for some rea­son there is a cer­tain lack of unity when it comes to the An­glo-Jewish com­mu­nity. We have be­come too com­fort­able and the lead­er­ship ap­pears, as gen­er­a­tions of lead­ers have be­fore, re­luc­tant to make waves.

What strate­gies there are to de­fend Is­rael or stand up to an­ti­semitism are ca­sual and tran­sient. It’s all very well hold­ing a flag-wav­ing sing-song in Trafal­gar Square or writ­ing letters to MPs, but the truth is that ral­lies of this kind do lit­tle to con­vince the un­con­vinced while MPs are gov­erned by their con­stituen­cies.

It is all too easy to lay the blame for com­mu­nal in­ac­tiv­ity in re­sponse to cur­rent prob­lems at the door of the lead­er­ship. The whole com­mu­nity needs to shoul­der much of the blame.

How dif­fi­cult would it be to form a co-or­di­nat­ing group made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ma­jor Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions that would en­sure that protest was effective, vo­cif­er­ous and nu­mer­i­cally strong?

We rely all too of­ten on ad­mirable non-Jews such as Rod Lid­dle, Richard Lit­tle­john and Richard Kemp. As wel­come as their sup­port is, the future of our com­mu­nity lies in our hands. Jef­frey Leader Mel­lows Road, Clay­hall, Es­sex

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