Brexit not all bad

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

the Zion­ists to re­lin­quish their claim to Pales­tine and pub­licly lob­bied for the cre­ation of a bi-na­tional state. It is morally in­de­fen­si­ble for rab­bis to in­struct di­as­pora com­mu­ni­ties to “fight for Israel’s sur­vival”, a “duty” which will in­evitably re­sult in the loss of thou­sands more Jewish and Arab lives for gen­er­a­tions to come.

David Ch­esler,

Edg­ware, HA8 Your cor­re­spon­dent, An­thony Mel­nikoff ( Let­ters Feb 10), links the re­cent in­crease in an­tisemitic and other racist in­ci­dents to Brexit, which he con­demns for that rea­son. He goes on to de­plore the rise of far-right pol­i­tics in Ger­many, Hol­land, France and Aus­tria. I would there­fore ask Mr Mel­nikoff why, in view of this, he is so at­tached to re­main­ing in the EU? With re­gard to Aus­tria in par­tic­u­lar, the leader of the Vi­enna Jewish com­mu­nity as­cribed the spike in an­tisemitic in­ci­dents, not to neo-Nazism, but en­tirely to Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion. That alone, to me, is a good enough rea­son to quit the EU with its un­bri­dled open door pol­icy. Far-right pol­i­tics has in the past al­ways been associated with an­tisemitism.

That is no longer true. It is now associated with op­po­si­tion to Mus­lim im­mi­gra­tion. How­ever, I am not naïve, na­tion­al­ism can turn into an­tisemitism, if it is not care­fully mon­i­tored.

In his con­dem­na­tion of Brexit, and the rise of an­tisemitism, Mr Mel­nikoff should per­haps query who the per­pe­tra­tors of th­ese an­tisemitic in­ci­dents are, and their ori­gins. He may be sur­prised and con­clude that Brexit is not such a bad thing af­ter all. Lau­rence Fac­tor,

Stan­more, Mid­dle­sex

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