Dawn Butler’s important commitment
Butler is no longer Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities ( A false dawn for Labour, JC February 10), it is important that we work hard to keep as many channels of communication as possible open to both Government and to the Opposition.
I was one of the invited participants to the meeting organised by Dawn Butler last December to discuss working with the Jewish community. I have also met her a number of times since and know how committed she is to bringing communities together.
I appreciate the many challenges there are in trying to accommodate the varied concerns of Britain’s diverse communities. In addition to tackling antisemitism (as well as all racism and discrimination), there is much that we need to do to bring our communities together, not only to improve relations between us but also to tackle jointly some of the many social ills facing Britain today. We need to develop new initiatives that can make a positive contribution to enhancing community cohesion. Failure to do so means that we in the Jewish community are in danger of isolating ourselves from active participation in civic society. in attacking criticism of Israel, however justified that criticism may be, as witnessed by the recent fervour over UNSC 2334, but what takes real courage is to be prepared publicly to disagree with Israeli Government actions that are contrary to our Jewish values and manifestly self-destructive, as with this law, a courage which we have not seen from our communal leadership since the passing of Lord Jakobovits, a courage which marks out the true friend. Stanley Bloom,
individuals who wish to see Resolution 2334 implemented, would also agree that this works both ways. Namely that the Jordanians — later named Palestinians — who drove out the Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria, now called the West Bank, would also have to go back to pre 1949 times, that is Jordan.