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The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The ban­ner head­lines on the front page of last week’s is­sue left me with a sense of sad­ness. The coun­try I fell in love with over 40 years ago, is pass­ing laws that are be­com­ing ever more dra­co­nian. With a daugh­ter liv­ing in Is­rael, I am be­com­ing ever more fear­ful for the fu­ture demo­cratic dis­po­si­tion of the coun­try.

As with most Is­raeli prime min­is­ters, Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is in the thrall of dis­parate par­ties, who serve their own con­stituen­cies, as op­posed to the greater good.

I am sure that, among An­glo Jewry, I am not alone in find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to de­fend the in­de­fen­si­ble.

Whether it is ban­ning peo­ple from en­ter­ing Is­rael or set­tle­ments, as much as I want to I can­not agree with a gov­ern­ment that since Pres­i­dent Trump came in to power seems to be run­ning amok.

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu should know that ev­ery past pres­i­dent has al­ways looked after Amer­ica’s in­ter­ests first, and very of­ten played lip ser­vice to its so called al­lies.

Pres­i­dent Trump looks like be­ing an ex­pert achiever in that role. De­spite my anx­i­eties, when I make my an­nual pil­grim­age to the Holy Land, as ever I will step off the plane and feel I am on home soil. It’s the peo­ple I love not the politi­cians.

Robert Dulin,

Lon­don N21

I am dis­ap­pointed but hardly sur­prised by your ed­i­to­rial. It does gen­er­ate a lot of high-minded waf­fle by Western lib­er­als. But would the UK or US or any other coun­try wel­come for­eign­ers ded­i­cated to de­stroy­ing those coun­tries, by eco­nomic means if not vi­o­lence? Is­rael, how­ever, is not meant to ob­ject. Why not? Is­raelis are al­lowed free speech in their own coun­try, even if they are its avowed en­e­mies, though of course some pre­fer to find their way to UK uni­ver­si­ties. There are clearly some who be­lieve that Is­rael should not be­have like any other coun­try but should con­stantly apol­o­gise for its ex­is­tence. Why?

M Schachter,

Lon­don NW6

In de­nounc­ing NUS from the top down is an­tiZion­ist (not just against par­tic­u­lar poli­cies) and Jewish stu­dents are not obliged to be­long to it. BDS is a vile, an­tisemitic move­ment and Is­rael has ev­ery right to take ac­tion against it and sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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