Letters to the Editor: Corbyn, the Labour Party and Border Detentions

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, in Liverpool, Britain.
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Over the top about Corbyn 

In response to “Corbyn for Prime Minister of Britain” (Gideon Levy, Opinion, August 9). 

Has Gideon Levy gone mad? I usually sympathize with his pieces, but this one proves decisively that he knows nothing about Corbyn, nothing about the current controversy ripping the Labour Party apart, and, ipso facto, very little about British politics in general.

He should stick to doing what he does best. Reporting on the miserable, intolerable conditions in the occupied areas.

Norman Rose 

Professor, Hebrew University

Jerusalem

Habitual offender and apologizer 

Sharing a platform is one thing but constantly apologizing for anti-Semitic remarks is another.

Jeremy Corbyn is a habitual offender, his hatred of Israel has morphed into the anti-Semitism pervading the party.

A Corbyn-led Labour government would be a nightmare come true, not only for Jews but for all correct-thinking people.

Stephen Vishnick

Tel Aviv

Selective reading of British history

In response to “Britain’s last pogrom was under Labour” (Rosie Whitehouse, Opinion, August 3).

A very interesting article which could have been received better if Ms. Whitehouse had not decided to use it for political reasons. The message I received from her deductions at the end is that this is what Labour caused in 1946, and, seeing the Labour Party today, we Jews know what to expect. I have an allergy to politicians and journalists who build their cases on half-truths and hearsay.

What was the background and the events which led up to this pogrom? On November 6, 1944 Lord Moyne, the senior British official in Cairo, was murdered by two young Jews from Palestine. Eliyahu Bet-Tzuri and Eliyahu Hakim were members of Lehi, an extremist terrorist organization.
In July 1946 an enormous bomb destroyed one wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. The offices of the British administration were in this building. Ninety-one people were killed, of whom 28 were British citizens. The perpetrators of this action were from Etzel, the other terrorist organization. It was later claimed that a phone warning had been given by Etzel to vacate the building before the explosion occurred. It was also claimed that Sir John Shaw, the head of the administration, had given orders not to leave the building.

The killing of the two British sergeants was the last straw. Whitehouse blames the Labour government for not fulfilling its promise to allow Jewish immigration. How many times have we heard politicians make promises while they are in opposition, only to find that carrying out those promises is not always possible.

As to the reaction of the British public, it can be compared to this parable: If you keep kicking a dog, eventually it will bite you.

(I am not British, never have been and have no interest in British politics.)  

Stan Sagie

Ramat Yishai

Opening the curtain on Oz

In response to “Nation-state law is good for the Druze” (Rabah Halabi, Opinion, July 31).

In a very well written op-ed, Halabi makes the valid point that Israel is doing its best, by way of the back door, to become a state ruled by xenophobia. Add to this, cautioning a writer, Peter Beinart, at the airport about expressing left wing views. Next year, or so, he will be held as being a danger to Israel. Kindly read, regime. 

The regime is moving to enforce religious behavior on the public. I choose to observe dietary laws but I don’t want the state to bind my neighbors. Same can be said of the fast of Tisha B’Av as per the sales of pretzels. On the same page, we have one more disgraceful or ugly act by Miri Regev. No money for Sabbath-observant athletes while she decries shows on the Sabbath. Then she makes a great show of international events on that same Seventh Day.

Jews from overseas are told that all Jews are welcome and then face undue scrutiny if they have not been toeing the regime’s line, such as the nation-state law. What is the implication: Come to the airport and then go back? I sincerely hope that Western Jews will pay attention to Rabah Halabi`s writing. Soon he will be arrested. Then Jews abroad who express support for him and author Yuval Noah Harari will be “cautioned” this year and prohibited entry next year. Mr. Halabi, thank you very much for opening the curtain of Oz. And for telling the people to look at the emperor’s new clothes. 

Ze’ev M. Freed

Be’er Sheva

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