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He was ar­rested and im­pris­oned in Egypt in 2001 , where he re­mained un­til 2006 . In that time, read­ing books on hu­man rights and the like, he changed his stance and came to re­nounce his Is­lamist past .

He has since been an au­thor, colum­nist and Lib­eral demo­cratic can­di­date. Most re­cently, he has come to be known for his ex­cel­lent week­end pro­grammes on LBC.

What was so im­pres­sive about Mr Nawaz’s crit­i­cisms of those who ques­tion Is­rael’s le­git­i­macy, was that his com­ments came dur­ing a heated de­bate about Ha­mas. Although he spoke hon­estly about be­ing an anti-Is­rael ac­tivist in the past, his stand­point is now that of “enough is enough “as re­gards talk of Is­rael’s right to ex­ist. Most hard-hit­ting was his at­tack upon end­less, dis­pro­por­tion­ate sin­gling out of Is­rael, com­par­ing other “colo­nial pro­jects”, such as those giv­ing rise to Aus­tralia and Amer­ica — and point­ing out how those, by way of ex­am­ple, are never ques­tioned. On the other hand, as Mr Nawaz high­lighted so vividly , fo­cus upon the very ex­is­tence of the state of Is­rael con­stantly serves to dis­tract from con­cen­tra­tion upon “very real geno­ci­dal prob­lems”, such as those in Syria and Iraq — and in re­la­tion to Isis .

Mr Nawaz’s broad­cast clearly and pro­foundly un­der­lined the un­fair, im­par­tial and un­in­formed way the me­dia tar­get Is­rael neg­a­tively all the time. He is to be thanked for his courage and tenac­ity in openly pro­mot­ing the fact that Is­rael is the only sec­u­lar, demo­cratic coun­try in the Mid­dle East .

His knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence on rel­e­vant is­sues is ex­tra­or­di­nary. His com­ments were hon­est, in­ci­sive and pas­sion­ate. He is to be lis­tened to, not least be­cause he is cor­rect . Jeremy Dein QC,

Lon­don WC1

Over the past few months, I have fre­quently asked my friends who are Labour sym­pa­this­ers how they can rec­on­cile their back­ing for the party, when it is un­der the lead­er­ship of a man with the views, and the “friends”, of Mr Cor­byn.

With the an­nounce­ment of a Gen­eral Elec­tion, the mo­ment of truth has ar­rived. What­ever the mer­its of any lo­cal Labour can­di­date, a vote to put Mr Cor­byn into Num­ber Ten is in­com­pat­i­ble with any de­sire for a free, flour­ish­ing and sus­tain­able Jewish com­mu­nity in the UK. David Wolf­son QC,

Lon­don EC4

With a seven-week no­tice pe­riod for the elec­tion, I hardly think that the ad­jec­tive “snap” is cor­rect.

Martin Levin

Lon­don E4 The seeks to cor­rect er­rors quickly. Con­tact de­tails are on P2.

On last week’s Obit­u­ar­ies page, we printed the wrong date of birth for Deb­o­rah Lynn Stein­berg. She was ac­tu­ally born on Oc­to­ber 7, 1961.

We also said that Rena Behrman at­tended the first World Zion­ist Con­gress in Basel in 1931. This was ac­tu­ally her first World Zion­ist Con­gress. The first one ever was in 1897.

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