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The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Is­rael’s Boy­cott Law which is di­rected pri­mar­ily at the BDS move­ment, your leader is in good com­pany with other main­stream Jewish bod­ies. But why is it un­demo­cratic for Is­rael to refuse en­try to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of or­gan­i­sa­tions that are plainly anti-Zion­ist and an­tisemitic? Many coun­tries, in­clud­ing the UK, have laws that en­able them to bar hate-mon­gers and those that would dam­age the in­ter­ests of the state and its cit­i­zens.

Why should Is­rael be dif­fer­ent? Ad­mit­tedly, the law may give rise to prac­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, such as you point out, for a Jewish mem­ber of the NUS. But the fact re­mains that the Lionel Blu­men­thal, Lon­don NW11

Two Jewish peers have reg­is­tered their dis­ap­proval of the new Holo­caust Me­mo­rial, one on the grounds of ex­pense and one on lo­ca­tion. Bri­tish Jewry should be in­tensely proud that the gov­ern­ment should choose to erect such a prom­i­nent me­mo­rial in this coun­try and in a lo­ca­tion the im­por­tance of which is sec­ond to none. Fur­ther­more, the galaxy of fa­mous artists com­pet­ing for the de­sign is an­other rea­son for pride. Could this be a re­flec­tion of the Jewish com­mu­nity’s, quite dis­pro­por­tion­ate to its num­bers, con­tri­bu­tion to Bri­tish life over

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