Brexit not all bad
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.
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,