Letters to the Editor: Jeremy Corbyn and the Nation-state Law

Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech to the Labour Party annual conference,  Brighton, England, Sept. 27, 2017
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Dogs that are kicked

In response to “The last anti-Jewish pogrom in Britain occurred under a Labour government” (Aug. 3)

This is a very interesting article, which might have been received better if Rosie Whitehouse had not decided to use it for political reasons. The message I received from her conclusion: 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 were the background and the events that led 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-Zuri and Eliyahu Hakim, 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; 91 people were killed, of which 28 were British citizens. The perpetrators of this action were from Etzel, another [Jewish] terrorist organization. It was later claimed that a phone warning had been given by the Etzel to vacate the building before the explosion occurred. It was also claimed that the head of the administration had ordered others not to leave the building.

The killing of the two British sergeants [in July 1947] 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 the 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.

Stan Sagie  

Ramat Yishai

 

A Corbyn nightmare

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

Jeremy Corbyn is an 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

 

Land of xenophobia

In response to “Israel’s nation-state law is good for the Druze” (July 30)

Rabah Halabi’s article is very well written. He makes the valid point that Israel is doing its best to become, through back-door entries, a state ruled by xenophobia. Add to this the cautioning of a writer at the airport because of expressing left-wing views. Next year he will be held for being a danger to Israel. Kindly read, regime.

The regime is moving to enforce religious behavior on the public ... I choose to observe [Jewish] dietary laws but I don’t want the state to bind my neighbors. The same can be said of the Tisha B’Av fast day with respect to the sales of pretzels. At the same time, we have a prime minister who dines in New York City on Friday might at a treif place. Did the pope give him dispensation?

On the same page, we have yet one more disgraceful or ugly act by Miri Regev. No money for Sabbath-observant athletes while she decries shows on Sabbath. Then she makes a great fuss about international events on that same Seventh Day.

Jews from overseas are told that all Jews are welcome [in Israel] and then face undue scrutiny if they have not been toeing the regime’s line, including the nation-state law. What is the implication? Come to the airport and then get sent back? I sincerely hope that Western Jews will pay attention to Rabah Halabi’s writing and the protest being led by Druze IDF officer Amir Jmall. Soon he will be arrested. Then Jews abroad who express support for him and author Yuval Harari will be “cautioned” this year and prohibited entry next year.

Rabah has opened the curtain of the Wizard of Oz, and told people to look at the emperor’s new clothes.

Z’ev M. Freed

Be’er Sheva