Dawn But­ler’s im­por­tant com­mit­ment

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

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,

Lon­don NW3

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.

Mau­reen Shapiro,

Es­sex IG4

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