The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

I read your let­ter ( JC, Oct 2) from a group of no­to­ri­ous, long-stand­ing en­e­mies of Is­rael with great dis­may that the JC would al­low such in­di­vid­u­als as Miriam Mar­golyes and Moshe Ma­chover a plat­form for their de­struc­tive views. How­ever, on re­flec­tion it showed that you were pre­pared to pub­lish items from the very same peo­ple who would deny that same free­dom from the vast ma­jor­ity of Jews through­out the world.

Jeremy Cor­byn has still not re­sponded to the grow­ing clam­our for him to state ei­ther whether he sup­ports the very ex­is­tence of the State of Is­rael. Or not. His si­lence is thun­der­ous. How­ever, he is in good com­pany with the writ­ers of that let­ter, in­clud­ing a newish Face­book page that calls it­self “Jews for Jeremy”, many of whose mem­bers ap­pear to be old-style Stal­in­ists who did not dur­ing their youth be­lieve in such things as na­tion states.

All of these peo­ple want to help oth­ers to de­stroy Is­rael, si­lence it and to deny many Jews in this coun­try of the free­dom of ex­pres­sion to sup­port a coun­try we are jus­ti­fi­ably proud of.

Thanks to the JC for re­mind­ing us that there is a very vo­cal, al­beit tiny, num­ber of peo­ple whose ha­tred for Is­rael and any real Jewish iden­tity is find­ing ways to in­fect many im­por­tant col­umns of opin­ion within the UK, in­clud­ing the press, univer­si­ties, schools, cul­ture, free­dom of ex­pres­sion and now one of the great po­lit­i­cal par­ties of the last cen­tury.

Each of these as­pects of demo­cratic life have been the pride of Jewish cit­i­zens of this coun­try. Mark Dines North­wood, Mid­dle­sex, HA6

Af­ter slam­ming the JC for a se­ries of sup­posed in­ac­cu­ra­cies, the writ­ers of last week’s let­ter then go on to make the out­ra­geous and un­sup­ported claim that “thou­sands of Jews voted for Cor­byn”.

I am puz­zled how they ar­rived at this con­clu­sion.

Did the Labour Party study the re­li­gious and eth­nic ori­gins of those who voted in the lead­er­ship con­test and then sort out the Jews who were on board with Cor­byn from those who were not?

If so this is quite a sin­is­ter de­vel­op­ment and needs to be taken fur­ther. How­ever, I sus­pect this is just another howler and more hot air from those who will go to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to dis­credit Is­rael and the ma­jor­ity of the Jews who sup­port the em­bat­tled state.

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